Edward D. Volker

Edward D. Volker, 83, of Sumner, surrounded by his family that adored him began his heavenly expedition on March 12, 2013, at his home in Sumner. 

Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sumner with military rites by Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion of Sumner. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church on Saturday. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting the family.

Eddie was born on May 29, 1929 in rural Sumner to Emil Volker and Carolyn (Schmadeke) Volker Anderson. Raised by his mother, Carolyn and stepfather, Earl Anderson, he was the youngest of seven children who have all preceded him in death: Joseph, Orville, Marjory, Merle, Violet, and Daniel.

He graduated from Oelwein Community High School. Known as “Mercury Eddie” in his high school days, he was a force to be reckoned with on the field, earning him a full ride scholarship to the University of Iowa, but because of an injury while working for the railroad the summer before enrollment he decided to accept a scholarship to Upper Iowa University. He led the Oelwein Huskies under the tutelage of his beloved coach, George Dutcher.

The Korean Conflict called him to duty. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly and honorably served his country for six years.

In 1955 he married the “prettiest and smartest girl in town”, Janice Heldt. They owned and operated Volker Brothers Bakery with his brother Dan providing area residents with life long memories of spectacular baked goods.  He also owned and operated The Viking Chalet and later called the Sumner Café.  Eddie owned and operated a business in Sumner for over 50 years. 

His greatest love was hunting and fishing – from the hallowed hills of northeast Iowa, to the Mighty Mississippi, to the sparkling Great Lakes—and all points North. He was intrepid, skilled, and fun. But these trips were not complete without his lifelong buddies by his side.   As a husband, dad, and grandpa he loved to teach those he loved how to play cards, how to fish, and how to hunt whether it was for deer, rabbits,  mushrooms or nuts, he loved being with his family. 

Eddie enjoyed life’s simple pleasures—a good cup of coffee, a good game of cards, and good company. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the Sumner Commercial Club, the Sumner Volunteer Fire Department, Thomas E. Woods Post #223, American Legion, and Ducks Unlimited.

He will be deeply missed by those left to celebrate and honor his memory.  His children: Elizabeth (Todd) Heller of Sumner, Anne (Susan Houts) Volker of Des Moines, Melissa (Brad) Bailey of Des Moines, Kurt (Meg) Volker of Sumner, and Kathryn Volker of Morristown, New Jersey. Grandchildren: Bethany, Will, Kaitlin, Sarah, Taylor, Alexis, Hannah, Jillian, and Sydney. Great Grandchildren: William, Mia, and Jorja. Sisters-in-law: Vivian Volker and Betty Volker and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.

In addition to his siblings and parents, he was preceded in death by his wife in 1996.

Ed’s family wishes to offer their sincere gratitude to the medical teams from Sumner, Community Based Home Health, Cedar Valley Hospice,  Allen Hospital, Veteran’s Administration, and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a community of faithful friends who knew him best as “Eddie Spaghetti”.


Blair Bowling on March 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM said:

Ed was a very generous, kind and loving person. I have many great memories with him fishing,hunting and just hanging out at Four Seasons with "Ernie" and the gang. I always remember Ed saying,"I love you man" and it came from his heart genuinely! God bless Ed and the loved ones he left behind.
Mike & Nancy Petersen on March 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM said:

Our sympathy to your family at this sad time.Along with so many other people, we have many fond memories of Ed. May God's peace be with you all.
Jim Bradford on March 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM said:

Eddie was a great guy. I knew him well back in the old days. I am sorry for your loss. Remember the good times.
Ann Dekker Wolf on March 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM said:

Eternal peace and rest Ed. God's speed and guidance. Ann
Michelle Bailey on March 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM said:

My Sympathy goes out to the family. I pray that the faith of knowing he his in a glorious place will bring you peace and comfort in your time of loss. Let the memories remain in your heart forever.
Brian Bailey on March 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM said:

To the family of Edward, I send you my sympathies and prayers in this time of separation. May God's mercy and grace sustain you in the days ahead and give you His peace.
J.J. on March 15, 2013 at 7:16 AM said:

The world is now a lesser place with the loss of our friend. May the celestial attendants guide his spirit to a peaceful lake, full of big, bitin' fish.

Love and Blessings to all the Volker kids from the Elmers.
Ann Harms on March 15, 2013 at 5:35 AM said:

I got to know Ed when I was selling food for Reinhart Foods. He would always beat me down on prices and I usually didn't make a dang dime selling to him. But, we got along great and I always enjoyed seeing him. Love ya Love ya Love ya!!! Bingo Bango. In my heart forever! God bless the family during this sad time.
Steve Loshman on March 15, 2013 at 4:48 AM said:

Lisa, Gina and I are very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. God bless to you and your family at this time. Hope to see you soon and catch up again. Steve
Shari Broome on March 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM said:

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
David and Cathey Barth on March 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM said:

Our sympathy for your loss.
Sherry (Meyer) Johnson on March 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM said:

Many fond memories of Ed. From working for him at the Chalet to all the time he spent with my dad so many years ago. Sending prayers to all of his family, may you find peace in all the fond memories he created with so many different people.
Kathy Reuter on March 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM said:

Mixed emotions go out to you, Ed's family and friends. Sadness at his passing, blended with smiles that the memories of such a full life can bring. Yet another "graduate" of the Chalet staff, I appreciated his sense of humor and composure when I tripped and served one of his hot cinnamon rolls (the best! ) on a customer's lap. "Reuter, please remember we serve those with the plate as well as the butter!"
Brad Volker on March 14, 2013 at 5:48 AM said:

Sorry to hear of Uncle Ed's passing. As Burt's son, Ed was one of Orville's brothers that I got to know a bit better than the rest, and glad I was able to. Have fond memories of some hunting and fishing with Ed, even one ice fishing trip to Canada where Ed and I together rolled a snowmobile on its side while Ed was at the young age of 70 I believe (and Ed caught a wall-hanger northern on that trip). Sorry I'll miss the funeral as I am on the road now to Canada to ice fish - I'm sure Ed will understand. It's very hard for Burt to get away from the nursing home right now, but I know he will miss Uncle Ed very much! Our prayers are with Ed's family. Brad (and Burt, Mary and Laura)
Anonymous on March 14, 2013 at 5:12 AM said:

Lisa - so sorry to hear about your father. Please know that you are in my prayers. Take Care - Brenda Rasmuson
Carla R. Schwerin on March 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM said:

Many great memories of Ed working for him as a teenager in at the Viking and my dad loved the bakery goodies!! Our sympathies with you and your family.
Michael Ball on March 13, 2013 at 8:01 PM said:

Ed will be greatly missed! Every time I go fishing I think of all the wednesday afternoons of fishing with Russ,Eddie and Ernie fishin and fun was had by all! God Bless you Eddie Your Friend,Michael Ball
Kim (Oleson) Hohensee on March 13, 2013 at 3:43 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family as you celebrate the life of your Dad. May you find comfort in the memories and good times you had with your dad and know he will always be with you.
Cheryl (Volker) Janes on March 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM said:

I'm very sorry for your loss, your dad was truely a special person. I regret that I won't be able to make it back on Saturday, as you all join in the celebration of his life. I'm sure there will be just as many tears of joy and laughter as there will be the tears of sadness. Enjoy the memories and keep them close to your heart!!!
xoxo - Cheryl
Cathy (Bradford) Timmerman on March 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM said:

To the Volker Family,
My sympathies go out to you. My first job was working for your dad at the Chalet. He was awesome to work for. May you find comfort in your faith, family, and friends.
Jerry Volker on March 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM said:

Sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral. Ed was my favorite uncle I'll miss him. I'm out in Cal. spending some time with my daughters, grandchildren & their husbands.

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