John Roy Volkert,
April 17, 1924 ó Jan. 28, 2017
John Roy Volkert, 92, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at New Perspectives in West Bend.
John was born April 17, 1924, to John R. and Anna E. (nee Loehr) Volkert in Milwaukee. He graduated from Boyís Tech in Milwaukee in 1942. John served in World War II in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a pilot. On June 16, 1945, he married Dolores M. Belke. After the war, he worked at Burroughs Corp. as a machine repairman until his retirement at the age of 55.
Johnís catholic faith was important to him and he volunteered as a lector and Eucharistic minister, as well as in other capacities at Holy Angelís Catholic Church. John enjoyed the game of golf, as well as bowling. He bowled in several bowling leagues. He was also an avid bridge and sheepshead player and loved the challenge of crossword puzzles. John was a member of the VFW Post 1393, past commander and quarter master and past member of the West Bend Veteranís Honor Guard, and also a volunteer for the Washington County Senior Center.
Johnís love and dedication really showed through when his beloved Dolores was diagnosed with Dementia. He was her sole caregiver for seven years. He was a generous, caring, and loving husband and father. His strong work ethic set an example for the next generation. John will be deeply missed by his seven children, Richard (Nancy), Ellain (Ken) Puls, Barbara (Joseph) Kowalski, John Charles (Sue), Paul (Tricia), Karen
(Rick) Langdon and Steven (Joni). He is further survived by 38 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Marvin (Eloise) Volkert; sister-in-law, Harriet Belke; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolores; daughter, Adrianne (Tom) Swingen; great-grandson, Caleb Peterson; brother, Robert Volkert; sister, Evelyn (Ed) Laszeski; and in-laws, Leona (Donald) Miller, Louis (Norma) Jacobi and Louis Belke.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Holy Angels Catholic Church (138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Jerome Repenshek presiding. His final place of rest will be at Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church only Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass (11 a.m.). Full Military Honors to follow.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 orwww.phillipfuneralhome.com.