Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 6, 2013

Wilbur Volkening

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — GAYLORD — Wilbur Volkening, 90, of Gaylord, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Hiland Cottage in Petoskey.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth (Hay) Volkening; son, Charles (Helene) Volkening; granddaughter, Christie (Greg) Chiles; and great-grandsons, Andrew, Kyle and Lucas. Also surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Elva) Petro; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, William and Fern Volkening; a daughter, Mary Volkening; grandchildren, Sandra and Charles; brothers, William (Rose) Volkening and Burt (Carol) Volkening; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Ellen Hay, Bill and Beth Hamlin; and nephews, Jim Hay and Steve Hay.

Wilbur was a lifelong member of the NRA, the Buckley Old Engine Club and the Polish Festival threshing crew.

At Wilbur’s request a small family memorial will be held.

The family thanks you for all your thoughts and prayers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, 1 Hiland Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770.

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Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home, 850 North Center Ave; (989) 732-2230.