William ‘Bill’ Edward Volk
Dec. 20, 1943 — July 26, 2014
William “Bill” Edward Volk was born in Oconto Falls, and was the only son of Hazel (Larson) Volk and Clair (Red) Volk. Raised on his grandparents’ farm in the Oconto Falls area, Bill attended Elm Lawn Grade School until his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During his teenage years he went to several schools in the Milwaukee area.
Inducted into the U.S. Army, Bill proudly served his country in Seoul, Korea. He was well respected by his peers for his dedication to his duties and received an honorable discharge from the military in 1967. On August 26, 1967, Bill and Billa June Jaeger were united in holy matrimony at First Assembly of God Church in Gillett. They became the proud parents of daughter Stephanie, son Robert and grandparents of Courtney Marie. Spending time with his family gave Bill great enjoyment and pleasure. Being a loving, supportive and fun father and grandfather was of utmost importance to him.
Bill and Billa lived in Milwaukee until 1976 when they moved to Waukesha, where they resided at the time of Bill’s death. Possessing a natural ability, Bill held the position of machine repairman at The Oilgear Company until his retirement in 2007 after 28 years of service. His love of learning new things caused him to self-teach the repair and operation of computerized machinery. Bill also relished solving all kinds of computer, mechanical and repair problems.
Having a wonderful sense of humor, Bill enjoyed playing pranks on his co-workers, family and anyone he thought would enjoy a good laugh. He loved animals, especially dogs, which he was gifted at training. Tucker (a grandpa Lhasa Apso) was his special doggie buddy during his last days on the earth. Fishing was another of his favorite pastimes. He loved being out in a boat, angling for whatever fish might be biting that day.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clair, and his, mother Hazel.
Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Billa, of Waukesha; daughter Stephanie Conway; son-inlaw/ friend Dean Conway; granddaughter, Courtney Marie Conway; and son, Robert Volk, all of Milwaukee. With neighbors and friends, Bill thoroughly enjoyed lending a hand and chatting with them about the Packers, weather, etc.
There will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Bill at the Volk home in Waukesha at a date yet to be determined. Burial of his ashes will be at the Volk Family Cemetery in Oconto Falls. The smile, laughter and presence of this loving husband, father, grandfather and friend will be deeply missed.