Remembering past bandleaders, musicians, arrangers and ballroom operators.
Kenneth Raymond Volzke, 92, died Saturday, March 27, 2010. He was born in Utica, the second child of Alfred Volzke and Mabel Strickler Volzke on Oct. 24, 1917. On a clear blue afternoon, when he was nine, the first airplane he had ever seen flew over his parents' farm. He was fascinated and vowed, that very day, that someday he, too, would fly. It was a fascination that would never leave him. It was the backdrop of many events in a long successful life. His talent, determination, deliberation and dedication to hard work served him well in everything he did.
Among those things he was a trapper, blacksmith, mechanic, farmer, inventor, designer, manufacturer, well driller, pilot, flight instructor, and architect, builder and operator of his own airport ballroom and restaurant.
A kind, quiet, thoughtful man, he was a positive role model to his children and grandchildren who will miss him forever. He was a good friend to many and host to thousands who, in the fullness of time and faith, he will meet again.
He was made an admiral of the Nebraska Navy, inducted into the Seward County Hall of Agricultural Achievement and honored at Utica Heritage Days.
Kenneth is survived by daughter, Cheryl Voltzke Richter and her husband Greg of Lincoln; sons, Larry Volzke and his wife Mary of York, Wayne Volzke of Inavale; grandchildren, Sarah Richter Shanesy and her husband Ryan of Overland Park, Kan., and Logan Richter of Lincoln; sister, Leona Voltzke Niemann of Utica; brother, Merlin Volzke and his wife Catherine of Pinole, Calif.; dear friend, Marie Busboom of Lincoln; nieces, nephews and their spouses and children; as well as many present and former members of the Volzke Business family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Estella Hartman Volzke; sister, Twila Volzke Ehlers and her husband, John; and brother-in-law, Eldon Niemann.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 D. Street, Utica with Rev. Kris Rebentisch officiating. Interment will be at the Utica Cemetery, Utica.
Visitation will be Tuesday, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Volzke Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made in care of the Utica Fire Department (In care of Volzke Funeral Home) or to the donor's choice.
[Source: York News-Times (York, Nebraska), dated March 30, 2010]
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