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Richard Volkert 11/05/2021

Richard Volkert 11/05/2021

Richard Arnold Volkert, age 76 of New Richmond, WI, died on Friday, November 5, 2021, at the Deerfield in New Richmond. Rich was born the son of Arnold and Dorothy (Jorgensen) Volkert on December 6, 1944, in Farmington, MN. The family moved to a farm near New Richmond when Rich was four years old. He grew up on that farm and attended New Richmond High School, graduating with the class of 1963. Rich helped to work the family farm and spent many years as the milkman for Willow River Dairy delivering milk throughout the county. He was a member of the Lions Club, served on the Town of Richmond board, and served in many capacities at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Rich was an avid Packer fan, liked cars, and enjoyed sarcasm. He is known among family and friends as “the king of one-liners”. He enjoyed his daily breakfast with the guys, and was the number one fan, and driver, for his daughter and grandchildren’s sporting events. Rich was a hard-working family man. He loved to spend time visiting with family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Dorothy Volkert; and infant son, Adam Volkert. Rich is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Sarah (Jesse Power) Peterson; stepchildren, Cara (Chuck) Vacha, Chris (Janel) Moran; grandchildren, Benjamin Peterson, Chloe Peterson; step grandchildren, Brandon (Tosha Thompson) Moran, Cyle Vacha, Cameron Vacha; siblings, Ron (Ann) Volkert, Kathy (Randy Kach) Volkert; nephews, Eric Cullen, Christopher Cullen; great-nephew, Jack Cullen; and many other relatives and friends. A Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 12 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 365 W River Drive New Richmond, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary. A luncheon followed the service at the church. Visitation was also on Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm at the church. Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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  • Myrtle and Bill Munns Posted November 6, 2021 6:46 am

    Sue– we are keeping you in our prayers. Rich was a special guy- always enjoyed being around him.

  • Debbie and Scott Mealey Posted November 6, 2021 9:47 am

    So very sorry for your loss Sue. Sending prayers and hugs!

  • Sandi & Darrell Garlow Posted November 6, 2021 6:56 pm

    Sue, so sorry for your loss. All our love & prayers to you & all of your family

  • Gary and Barbara Schmidt Posted November 6, 2021 9:13 pm

    Dear Sue and Family. Our sympathy goes out to you on your loss. Sending prayers and ((HUGS)) from Vesta, MN.

  • Ronda Bierbrauer Posted November 8, 2021 10:37 am

    Rich will forever be remembered for his smile and great humor. Truly blessed to have known him.

  • Darlene & Paul Schumacher Posted November 10, 2021 6:49 am

    Sue, so sorry to hear of your loss, he will be missed . Here in Casa Grande Arizonia, Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Sue. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. He will be missed here in Casa Grande Resort Arizonia

  • Neil &Renie Graves Posted November 10, 2021 11:41 am

    So sorry for your sad loss Sue. Rich will always have a place in our hearts. We missed his visits in Arizona. Thinking of you on this sad day
    Hugs from us.

  • Samantha Weber Posted November 10, 2021 2:33 pm

    Sue and Family,
    I will never forget the time I spent caring for Rich. I knew right away he was going to give me a run for my money with his quick wit. You couldn’t be sad around him, he was always making jokes or acting goofy. He always knew how to cheer me up by picking on me, which he became very good at! I always gave it right back to him but he still thought he was the boss! The love he had for his family was so strong and beautiful and he always made sure to talk about you all or show me pictures, especially of his “pride and joy” he kept in his wallet, that made me laugh every time. I will never forget those special moments and I hope they bring you comfort and joy.
    Many thoughts, prayers and hugs
    Sam Weber

  • James Lazarus Posted November 18, 2021 11:06 am

    Rich was one of my favorite classmates. I always looked forward to talking with him. Mark Twain said it best: “Let us live so that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.” Rich is the man who will be missed by all who knew him. RIP.

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