Joel Francis Vollmar, 73, of Glenwood, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Regency Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center, Council Bluffs. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft with military honors by McKinnon American Legion Post #377 of Bancroft. Father Sunny Dominic and Rev. Mr. Phil Doocy officiated. Interment was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery. Oakcrest Funeral Services handled the arrangements.
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Joel was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Armstrong, son of Martin Joseph and Lorena (Stattelman) Vollmar. He grew up in Bancroft, graduating from St. John's Catholic High School in 1956.
Joel served in the United States Army from 1957 - 1967 and was stationed in Germany. He married Maria Regina Marianne April 18, 1960, in Babenhousen, West Germany. Following his discharge, the couple lived in Oklahoma, North Carolina and Council Bluffs, before moving to Glenwood in 1974. Joel worked maintenance at Campbell Soup Company and Offutt Air Force Base Housing. Maria preceded him in death on April 23, 1991.
Joel was married to Ellen C. Vieregger June 6, 1992, in Papillion, Neb. They continued to live in Glenwood where he worked as a United States Postal mail handler for many years, retiring in 1998. He loved baseball, fishing and working with his walnut trees. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and the DAV and was also a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Glenwood.
Joel suffered a stroke in June, 2002 and was a resident of nursing homes ever since.
Joel was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Maria; sister, Phyllis Preston and her husband Emery; and brother-in-law, Edward Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife Ellen Vollmar of Glenwood; stepdaughter, Michele Thurman and her husband Todd of La Vista, Neb.; stepson, Richard Ham of La Vista; four step-grandchildren, Joshua Tromler in the U.S. Navy in Virginia, Cody Tromler of La Vista, Kyle Ham of Omaha, Neb., and Jessica Ham of Denver; sister, Karen Mitchell of South Sioux City, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Oct. 24, 2012