Gerner Thomas Volzke

Gerner Thomas Volzke
Date of Birth: June 13, 1940
Died on: July 10, 2018

Eureka, SD-Mass of Christian Burial for Gerner Thomas Volzke, 78, of Eureka will be 10:00 am, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Eureka. Rev. Fr. Bill Hamak will officiate.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Herreid.

There will be a rosary and liturgical wake at 8:00 pm, Friday, July 13, 2018 at the church.

Gerner died July 10, 2018 at Sanford Health in Bismarck, ND.

Gerner Thomas Volzke, son of Elmer “Tuffy” and Jeannette (Wimmer) Volzke was born June 13, 1940 at Herreid, SD. This is where he grew up and attended school, graduating from Herreid Public School with the class of 1958. He then attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen. Gerner enlisted with the United States Navy in December of 1958. He served in Puerto Rico and Germany. Following his honorable discharge, he attended school at Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN for a short time. This is where he met his future wife.

Gerner was united in marriage to Alice Brehmer on November 25, 1961 in Minneapolis. They soon moved to Herreid where he worked in the family business in the hardware store and lumberyard. In 1995, he and Alice moved to Eureka where he worked at Les’ Standard Repair and Parts until his retirement in 1997.

Gerner was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. In his spare time, he could be found fishing, hunting or looking for something interesting while antiquing.

Grateful for having shared Gerner’s life are his wife, Alice and two sons, Thomas Volzke and Terrence Volzke, both of Eureka.

Gerner was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John and sister, Louise Salwei.

The organist will be Carie Kappes.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

Carlsen Funeral Home of Eureka has been entrusted with arrangements.


  1. Sue Janke says:

    Alice & family so sorry for your loss. Praying & thinking of you during this time.

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