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Kenneth Thomas Wollmer


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Wollmer, Kenneth Thomas
77, of Laveen, Arizona passed away on Novenber 12, 2016. Kenneth Thomas Albert Wollmer (May 28 1939 - November 12, 2016) passed from this world to a place where the ocean is warm, the sky is sunny, and pain is not allowed. Born in New York City the only child of Al and Chickee Wollmer, Ken attended City College of New York and New York University. He served in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician aboard the USS Compass Island during the Cuban missile crisis. In 1966 he married his wife Madeline and started his family. After enduring many cold and snowy winters in upstate New York, the family moved to Arizona in 1974. He joined the work force at Motorola and remained there until his retirement in 1998. Arizona brought many new opportunities, the very best of which was the opportunity to coach soccer. He had never played the sport, but when his son's team needed a coach, he got some books and videos, learned about the game and stepped in without hesitation. He first coached for the YMCA. As son Adam grew older he coached with Mesa and Gilbert Soccer Clubs at the competitive level. In 1989, he coached the Mesa Magicians to the State Championship. Coaching youth soccer became his passion for the next 30 years. Ken coached hundreds of kids, but his greatest impact was mentoring and teaching the kids the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and being a good person above all. He expected a lot from both his soccer kids as well as Adam and Kristen, but always stressed having fun. His dedication and devotion to his family and to coaching will always be cherished. Ken is survived by his wife Madeline, son Adam, daughter Kristen (Warren Digness), and niece Gail LaGassee. A celebration of Ken's life will be held on December 3, 2PM at the Southern Ridge Golf Course, 5740 W. Baseline Rd., Laveen, AZ 85339 Donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Patient Services Inc.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 16, 2016
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