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Dr. Willi Volksen
Resident of San Jose
Dr. Willi Volksen passed away peacefully on Friday, December 28 surrounded by his family. Born in Recklinghausen, Germany he immigrated to America in 1967. After receiving his Ph.D. in Polymer Science from UMass-Lowell, he completed his post doctorate study at Caltech and then enjoyed a distinguished 38 year career with the IBM Research Division at the Almaden Research Center in San Jose. Willi connected with all using his intelligence, snarky humor, and willingness to help while embracing a love of family, music, soccer, and food. His motto, "Do something right or don't do it at all" resonated with all who knew him.
Willi is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Ruth; devoted children Vanessa Bryan (Robert F. Bryan III) of Roseville and Russell Volksen (Annie Sertic) of Sacramento; grandchildren, Annabelle Bryan and Robert F. Bryan IV of Roseville and Ashley Bryan and Audrey Bryan of Danville.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:30pm on Friday, January 18 at Santa Teresa Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations .


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 11, 2019
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