Leon Claude Van Volkinburg, 92, of Midland, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 26, 2012, at MidMichigan Stratford Village. He was born April 19, 1920, in Grand Rapids, son of the late Claude and Maude (Lokerse) Van Volkinburg.
A graduate of Grandville High School and the University of Grand Rapids, Leon had been a chemist with the Dow Corning Company for 38 years, retiring in 1985. On July 14, 1945, he married the former Adeline Shanks in Merrimac, Wis.
Moving to Michigan in 1947, after the completion of his military service, Leon and his wife settled in Midland. They became active in their community, their church, and their children's Little League and Junior Achievement. Leon also enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his sons, Mark J. (Gerda) Van Volkinburg of Austria, Timothy L. (Mary) Van Volkinburg of Whitefish Bay, Wis., and John A. (Beth) Van Volkinburg of Twickenham, England; daughter, Joan (â€˜Jack') Simmons of Farmington Hills; grandchildren, Nina Van Volkinburg of Austria, Peter Van Volkinburg of Whitefish Bay, Wis., Emily, Eric and Carl Van Volkinburg of England, John (Gretchen) Simmons of Bloomington, Minn. and James Simmons of Farmington Hills. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline Van Volkinburg on May 23, 2008; by his brothers, Donald and Melvin Van Volkinburg; and sisters, Doris Palasek and JoAnn Olsen.
Funeral services for Leon will take place 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, from the First United Methodist Church, with The Rev. Dr. Charles Keyworth officiating. Committal will take place in the Shanks Cemetery in Portage, Wisc. Leon's family will receive friends at the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., on Thursday from 4-7 p.m., and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service. The family also wishes to thank the staff of MidMichigan Stratford Village for their care of Leon. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the First United Methodist Church.