John W. Volk Battle Creek, Neb.
Funeral services for John W. Volk, 91, of Battle Creek, Neb., will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at St. John Lutheran Church in Battle Creek.
Rev. Richard L. Snow will officiate.
Burial will be in the parish cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 75 and the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard.
Mr. Volk died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Community Pride Care Center in Battle Creek.
He was born in the barn on the family farm south of Battle Creek, the son of John C. and B. Amelia (Schmidt) Volk. He was raised on the farm and attended rural school. He graduated from Battle Creek High School in 1937 and continued his education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where he was a member of Farmhouse fraternity. John returned to Battle Creek and farmed north of town, where he lived for more than 70 years.
On Nov. 16, 1941, John was united in marriage with Doris Darr. He entered the United States Army on Feb. 11, 1942, and served in the Persian theater where he was a cook for the General. He was honorably discharged Oct. 20, 1945, and returned to the farm at that time.
Mr. Volk loved agriculture. He was an early innovator and was often recognized for progressive farm and livestock operations.
With his sons he raised purebred Hampshire swine and Simmental cattle and operated a Grade A dairy.
In 1954, he was named Nebraska’s Outstanding Young Farmer. He was a longtime 4-H member and leader, and in 1960 received one of the club’s highest national alumni honors.
He was an early member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He was repeatedly recognized for recording the most Hampshires in the state and the nation. He was active in Nebraska’s Hampshire association, Nebraska Simmental Association and Nebraska FFA.
John was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served as an elder and trustee. He was a member of the American Legion.
John is survived by his children and their spouses: John H. (Barb) Volk, of Fort Collins, Colo., Van (Kathy) Volk, Neligh, Neb., Tim and Pam Volk, Tonganoxie, and Diane Volk Harris, of Bladen, Neb., along with her fiancée, Kelly Skrdlant; 16 grandchildren; and 26 great--grandchildren; two brothers and their spouses, Jim (Stella) Volk, Battle Creek, Neb., and Bob (Jeanette) Volk, of Arlington, Neb.; one sister, Betty Bierman, of Battle Creek, Neb., and one sister-in-law, Josephine Volk, of Omaha, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a son Meredith Volk, one brother and one sister.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at the church.