Funeral services for Wesley "Bud" Volkert, 83, of Aurelia, were held Friday, April 18, 2008, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial was in the Holstein Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were through Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia.
Wesley "Bud" Henry Volkert, the son of Henry and Alma (Hummel) Volkert, was born Sept. 30, 1924, south of Cushing, Iowa. He was confirmed in the Cushing Lutheran Church and attended Cushing Consolidated School, from which he graduated in 1942. In 1944 he moved with his parents to a farm south of Aurelia.
Bud was drafted at the age of 19 and served in the Marine Corps from June 1, 1944 to May 22, 1946. He received the Pacific Ocean Area Ribbon with one battle star, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.
On Dec. 9, 1948, he married Dorothy Mae Rohlk of Ida Grove at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia. The couple farmed south of Aurelia for 26 years, and moved into Aurelia in December of 1981.
Some of Bud's fondest memories included pitching for the Cushing High School baseball team and being a member of the softball team that won the Pacific Ocean Area Championship while he was stationed in Hawaii. He also loved to bowl, and competed in many tournaments across the United States. He won the singles division at the Seniors Tournament in Las Vegas twice, once bowling right handed, and once bowling left handed. He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in tournaments, as well as with his children and grandchildren.
Bud died at Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia on April 15,2008.
Preceding Bud in death were his parents, his wife Dorothy on Aug. 28, 1990, an infant daughter, two brothers, Ferd and Walter Volkert, and two sisters, Wilma Volkert and Ardie Buck.
Survivors include one son, Stevan, and his wife Mary Volkert of Aurelia and their three children - Chad and his wife Wendy Volkert of Monroe, Ga., Jeff and his wife Christina Volkert and their children Rayann and Kierstin of Holstein, and Stacy Volkert of Des Moines- and one daughter, Denise and her husband Randy Nicodemus of Aurelia, and their two children, Michael and his wife Angela Nicodemus of Sioux City, and Angie Nicodemus, also of Sioux City; his special friend, Ruth Lill of Aurelia, one sister, Florence and her husband Wesley Dreeszen of Holstein, and other relatives and friends.