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In Memory of James Arthur Vollmer
James Arthur Vollmer
Born: January 9, 1933
Died: May 28, 2017
Age: 84
Memorial Services will be held 10:30A.M., Thursday, June 1, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer.

Instead of sending flowers, the family would like memorials be given to Bethany Lutheran Church or St. Luke Lutheran Home.
Pastor Jennifer Henry
Honorary Bearers
Jon Guttormson
Kaylee Guttormson
Jaime Secory
Dana Kline
Sam Gafkjen
Susannah Trevino
Nola Gafkjen
Michael Vollmer
Visitation will begin after 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M., Wednesday evening at the Warner Funeral Home.
Organist- Stephen Baker

Solo 'On Eagle's Wings'
By Onalee Wright

Congregational Hymns
'When Peace Like A River'
'Beautiful Savior'
'Come Ye Thankful People, Come'
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
James Arthur Vollmer
January 9, 1933 - May 28, 2017
James Arthur 'Jim' was born to Arthur and Christine Vollmer January 9, 1933 on the family farm south of Spencer where his dad had also been born. It became a Century Farm in December 1993. He went to Hopewell country school through 8th grade, and then to Spencer High School where he met the love of his life, Jody Witt. After graduation from SHS, he went to Iowa State College, joined Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Army ROTC, and graduated with a BA in Farm Operation in 1955.

On December 19, 1954, Jim and Jody were married at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. A year later Jim went to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for basic training and then to Ft. Carson, Colorado for training with an artillery unit. In 1958, Jim came home to farm and became Commander of the Spencer National Guard Unit. He also served on the Clay Central School board where his four children graduated.

Jim was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church, serving on council and as a Sunday School and Confirmation teacher. He served on the Clay Co ASC committee, the Clay Co Zoning Commission, as chairman of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, and was a longtime member of the Soybean Association. He served on the National Corn Growers Association and went on a fact finding trip to Egypt, Algeria, Spain and Portugal with the National Feed Grains Council.

Jim and Jody enjoyed a trip to Hawaii, cruises to Alaska, Panama and Mexico, but the best cruise was with their whole family to the Caribbean for their 50th wedding anniversary. In 1985 they started vacationing in Arizona each winter. In 1997 they found a place in Paradise RV Resort in Sun City, AZ, where many other Spencer friends spent the winter. They enjoyed volunteering at the Westside Food Bank and Jim headed up crews from Paradise to glean citrus fruit from Sun City backyards for the Food Bank. In ten winters 107 volunteers had gleaned over 500,000 pounds of fruit. Jim enjoyed golfing in Iowa and in Arizona. Each Christmas in Arizona, one of their kids and family would come and enjoy visiting them.

In later years, Jim struggled with Parkinson's disease and spent the last 6 months receiving excellent care at St Luke Lutheran home.

Jim was proceeded in death by his parents, his sister Lorene, and his brother in law Herb Emrich. He is survived by his wife Jody, his daughters Kathy (Tom) Guttormson of Brooklyn Park, MN, Karen (Gary) Loos of Clear Lake, IA, Karol (Murray) Gafkjen of Spencer, and son David (Michelle) Vollmer of Enterprise, AL, grandchildren: Jonathan, Kaylee, Jaime, Dana, Samson, Susannah, Nola and Michael, great grandchildren Gretta, Ingrid, Asher and Lucy.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Very sorry for your loss. Jim was always a ray of sunshine, it was always a pleasure to see him.
BK Nielsen
Monday, June 05, 2017
I am holding you all in my prayers...praying that God will give you peace and comfort at this time. You have so many precious memories that will last forever. Hang on to them and cherish them.
Audrey Schmidt ( former teacher@ CCE)
Thursday, June 01, 2017
I love you all and I will miss my Uncle Jim. I was always happy to have been named after him.
James A. Emrich
Thursday, June 01, 2017
So sorry to hear about Jim. He was a peach of a guy.
Jim and Pat Hynes
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Dear Karen & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your Dad's beautiful smile. We had some great times on your farm growing up and your family was always fun to be around. My sincere condolences to you and all the family.
Julie (Mohr) Peterson
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Karol and family, I was sorry to learn of your dad's passing, my prayers go out to you. Praying for strength and peace during this time for you and the rest of your family.
Stephanie Napp
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Jody and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you all!!
Susan Seversen Umscheid
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
My parents and I are good friends of Kathy's family. I am SO sorry for your loss. My Grandpa has Parkinsens as well. He is 85. We are very appreciative of every day he is here with us. May you find comfort in those around you and in sharing stories of Jim.
Karie N. Anderson
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
To the entire Vollmer Family, I live miles away, and I just heard about Jim's passing. So sorry that I can't make the funeral. I have many memories of your family (Kathy's childhood friend) when I was growing up years ago. You had a friendly and caring home. You always welcomed me into your home and treated me like one of the family. We had great fellowship and Jim knew how to love, laugh, and live. Jim was such an example to his family and knew how to walk with God each day. This poem from Helen Steiner Rice says, 'At times like these, man is helpless....it is only God who can speak the words that calm the sea, still the wind, and ease the pain...so lean on Him and you will never walk alone. Praying for your family - Glenna (Johnson)
Ver Steeg from Hancock, Minnesota (My husband, John, expresses his sympathy, also)
Glenna J Ver Steeg
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Jody & Family,
Jim was a great guy! I was one of his Confirmation students and remember his dedication. So very sorry for your loss. Susanne Hallett
Susanne M. Hallett
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Jody and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Unlike many of his farming colleagues Jim chose not to confine his considerable talents to just the home farm,but involved himself in the entire farming industry much to the advantage of all farmers.
With sympathy,
Frank and Diane Mammen
Frank and Diane Mammen
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
So Sorry for the Loss of your Father
Sue Higgins
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Praying for all of you!! Love you!!
Cindy Witt
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
To the entire Vollmer Family. Although we are miles apart right now, please know that you are in lur thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow. Jim wll always be remembered as the kind generous person he was. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and comfort you at this most difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
Doug & Carolyn Alger
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
So very sorry for your loss.
Shirley Selzer
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
To Jody & family, So sorry for your loss may god give you all comfort through family, friends & memories.
Linda Versluis
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Jody and family I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim always had a smile when spoken to. It was so nice to see Jody spend time with him as did his family with pizza. Everyone at St Luke's kitchen enjoyed the quiet but yet a beautiful smile Jim greeted us with. Prayers to Jim's family.
Sharon Daly
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Jody and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim was an amazing man with a really great smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Jim & Jan Rusk
Jan Rusk
Monday, May 29, 2017
We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We always enjoyed being with Jim and had such fun playing cards. He was one great guy and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jodi and your family. Love, Denny and Kaye Price
Dennis and Kaye Price
Monday, May 29, 2017
Jody and family, we know it has been a long, long and difficult road for Jim and you, his family to travel as you dealt with his health challenges, but know there have been wonderful memories made. Jim was a friendly, outstanding person and we will all miss him, but are privileged to have known him. With sympathy, Tom and Judy Hart
Tom and Judy Hart Hart
Monday, May 29, 2017
Jody, We wish to send you and your family prayers and warm memories of Jim. What a friendly caring person he was. Our sympathy to you at this time of loss. Gerald and Donna Koester
Gerald & Donna Koester
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