Leo "Rubby" Volzke

Leo "Rubby" Volzke

Birth: Jun. 29, 1925 - Herreid, Campbell County South Dakota, USA
Death: Mar. 15, 2008 - Herreid, Campbell County South Dakota, USA

Leo "Rubby" Volzke, 82 of Herreid, enjoyed horses, fishing, hunting, playing poker and was a very skilled woodworker. He was also the area expert on the history of Herreid and a member of the VFW in Herreid.

Rubby died on March 15, 2008, at his home in Herreid.

He was born on June 29, 1925 in Herreid to Robert and Esther (Moos) Volzke. He attended one year of school in Pollock and then attended rural Pleasantview School for eight years.

Rubby went to Herreid High School and entered the U.S. Navy during his senior year in 1943. He was stationed at Camp Farragut, Idaho, where he contracted cerebral spinal meningitis and was very critical and nearly died when there was an epidemic there.

Following his recovery he was shipped out on the USS Neshoba, which was on Japanese waters. Rubby was honorably discharged in 1946 and he returned to the farm in Herreid. He farmed until 1959 when his father passed away. Rubby and his mother then moved into Herreid where he was still living at the time of his death. While living in town, Rubby still helped with various farming tasks such as harvesting, baling and hauling.

Rubby is survived by his sister; Francys Froh of Silver Spring, Md., three nephews, Robert Froh of Alexandria, Va., Bill Froh of Gaithersburg, Md., and J.J. Froh of Ellicott City, Md.; one niece Deborah Froh of Crozet, Va.; seven great nieces and one great nephew and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert in 1959 and his mother, Esther in 1997.

Funeral services for Rubby were on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 (today) at the Peace Lutheran Church in Herreid. Rev. David Smith officiated. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Herreid under the direction of Larson's Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Casketbearers were Sons of the Legion, Bob Huber, Ron Mittleider, Justin Goehring, John Wiest, Bob Volk and Cody Renner.

Mobridge Tribune March 26, 2008 

Fairview Cemetery - Herreid, Campbell County South Dakota, USA