Casmer Jerome Volk, the son of Joseph and Regina (Schneider) Volk was born June 11, 1925 in Rugby, North Dakota. He died at the age of 88 years on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at his home in Rugby.
Casmer was raised in the rural Fulda, North Dakota home of his parents and received his education in the German #4 School near his home. On November 6, 1944 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Betty” Heintz at St. John’s Catholic Church in Blumenfeld, North Dakota. The couple made their home on the Volk family homestead, nine miles west and six miles south of Rugby where they farmed, ranched and raised their eight children. In 1968, the couple moved to Rugby and purchased the A&W Drive-In which he and Betty operated until the late 1970’s. While owning and operating the Drive-In, Casmer also worked at the Farmers Union Elevator until retiring from there in 1988. Not being able to “stay at home”, Casmer did the custodial work for the Rugby Eagles complex until 2011 and helped his farming friends at harvest time. Betty died May 14, 2010.
Casmer was always a farmer at heart and enjoyed membership in the Little Flower Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Rugby Eagles. He had a passion for fishing, gardening and dancing.
Survivors include his children, Duaine (Phyllis) of Ellensburg, Washington, Ronald (Shirley) of Orion, Illinois, Sharon (Richard) Burckhard of West Fargo, Sheila (Bruce) Heilman of Gardner, Byron (Patricia) and Mark (Susan) all of Fargo, Gloria Frost of Valley City, and Joseph (Melody) of Harvey; 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Regina Binfet of Rugby, Phillipine Schmidt of Bozeman, Montana and Dorothy Walden of Detroit, Michigan; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty; one sister, Rose Wald; three brothers, Phillip, Peter and John Volk; and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 25th at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with burial in the church cemetery. Fr. Tom Graner, Celebrant and Fr. Thanaiah Marneni, Concelebrant
Organist: Glenda Mack
Vocalists & Song Leaders: Donna Alyea & Joe Schmidt
Casket Bearers: Duaine, Ronald, Byron, Mark and Joe Volk and Bruce Heilman
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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