Maurice Eugene “Gene” Volk, of Waupaca, entered eternal life on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to the late William and Anna (Cox) Volk. He attended Boyle Green School, Holbrook, Iowa, and was a graduate of Parnell High School in 1952. Gene married the love of his life, Barbara L. (VanDee Kerkove), on February 16, 1957. They raised six children and were blessed with 62 wonderful years together. He continued his education at Iowa State College, Kirkwood College, Iowa, and Fox Valley Technical College, Wisconsin. In 1979, they moved to Wisconsin. He was a hardworking dairy farmer and realtor. Gene was a deeply religious man who was an active member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church and served on the pastoral council as president at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Heffron. He was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Gene was very passionate and proud of his family. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and school functions, playing Euchre, watching westerns and football, co-hosting family Sunday dinners with his wife, and attending family gatherings, especially Volkfest. Gene had a true knack for helping others that was fulfilled in his later years as a volunteer driver for the ADRC, transporting individuals across Wisconsin. His kindness and generosity was extended to many family and friends, including those he took in during times of need.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Barbara; children: Eugene E. Volk, Theresa M. Turzinski, Michelle L. (Ron) Bowden, Leanne S. (Daniel) Turzinski, Robert W. (Debra) Volk, Brian L. Volk; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.
The celebration mass of Gene’s life will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 8611 State Hwy 54, Almond. A visitation will be held Friday, November 29, at the Maple Crest Funeral Home, N2620 Hwy 22, Waupaca, from 4:30-7:30pm. A rosary service will be starting at 7pm. On Saturday, a visitation will be held starting at 10am until the time of Mass. A burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
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