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OWANKA | Larry Volmer 75, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, at home, surrounded by family, after a 5-year battle with lung cancer.

Larry Dean Volmer was born in New Underwood on Dec. 23, 1942, to Lawrence and Blanche (Coomes) Volmer. They brought him home to the farm and ranch at Owanka, and he lived there all of his life. He attended grade school at the Fuller, Hillside, and Harmony School.

He started high school at New Underwood in the fall of 1957. There, he met his friend for life. Larry and Faye (Olson) Volmer were married in 1960, in Sibley, Iowa. Randy and Rodney soon joined them and their family was complete. Larry and Faye took over the ranch in 1962 when his parents moved to Rapid City.

Larry spent time serving on many boards; including New Underwood School Board, New Underwood Fire Board, Owanka Township Board, Owanka Rural Water Association, Pennington County ASC & FHA – Weed & Pest – and Road Boards. He was also a member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers and R-Calf.

He enjoyed trips to Alaska and Australia with friends and having coffee with the fellows at Harry’s.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Randy and wife Sherry, and Rodney and wife Vicki all of Owanka; five grandchildren carry on the legacy, Candy (Brant) Wilcox of Gillette, WY, Clay (Carrie) Volmer of Milsap, TX, Kyle (Kristi) Volmer of Owanka, Zane (Shelly) Volmer of Owanka, Wyatt (Stephanie) Volmer of Wall; eight great-grandchildren survive also, Nicole Volmer, Larry Gavin Wilcox, Orrin Volmer, Carson Volmer, Natalie Volmer, William Volmer, Tanner Volmer, Makaylah Anne Volmer; six step-great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Jobgen; brother-in-law, Dale (Dorothy) Olson; nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.

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He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; brother-in-law, Donald Jobgen; sister-in-law, Janet Harwood; and great-grandson, Jay J. Volmer.

A memorial has been established to the New Underwood Fire Department.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the New Underwood School Gym with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at the New Underwood Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign Larry’s online guestbook at Kirk Funeral Home.

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