A CELEBRATION OF LIFE service and gathering open to all who love Bob and the family will be held at Cornerstone Church on Saturday July 30th, 2022 at 2pm
. Please reserve this date and check back here closer to the event for any additional information or updates.
Robert Carl Volkman, age 75, of Liberty Township, passed away on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022. Bob was born October 10th, 1946, in Streator, IL, eldest child of the late Carl Volkman and Frances (Soltis) Volkman. On January 31st, 1970 he married Marilou Tucker from Bradford, IL. Over the course of 52 years Bob and Lou made their homes in College Hill, OH; Sherman, TX; Finneytown, OH; Kobe, Japan; Singapore and Liberty Township, OH.
Bob is a member of Cornerstone Church in Liberty Township led by Pastor Aaron Brown. Bob led the facilities team and was active in his small group, the Faith & Finance series, Bible studies and the Emmaus group. He shared his God-given abilities with a smile and a big heart, maintaining the church campus and assisting the congregation and outreach families with handyman and engineering tasks, exemplifying 1 Peter 4:10, NIV, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Bob was also a long-term attendee at St. Anthony’s Church in Streator, IL and at St. Vivian’s Church and Northern Hills United Methodist Church in Finneytown, OH.
Bob was the patriarch of the Volkman family and is survived by his wife, Marilou; 4 children: Thomas Scott (Ginny) Volkman of North Carolina, Sandy (Tony) Eagle of Liberty Twp, Pete (Christina) Volkman of Nevada & Patti Volkman of Fairfield Twp; 6 grandchildren: Andrew, Lauren (Rome), Jenna, Charlie, Luke & Ethan; 2 great grandchildren: Brooklyn & River; 2 sisters: Mary & Chris; 4 brothers: Ed (Linda), Frank (Anne), Ken (Donna) & Fred.
Bob achieved a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and followed that with an MBA. Throughout his 31-year career at Procter and Gamble he was a leader to most and a mentor to many. He was awarded the PRISM award which celebrates mastery in engineering and significant technical contributions to P&G. Bob retired from P&G in 2001 as Associate Director of Global Construction.
Bob was always an avid reader and he enjoyed auctions, flea markets and any vintage items related to Super Dairy, Streator, Illinois or the Volkman name. In retirement he enjoyed puzzles, genealogy, family photo archiving, serving others and cooking. He took pleasure in both teaching and learning from his kids and grandkids. His true passion was woodworking, from research and planning all the way to the finished product, along with acquiring all the proper tools to get any job done. After retirement he remained active with the CURT organization, became a professor at UC in construction technology and volunteered with People Working Cooperatively. He and Lou were prolific travelers through Asia, Europe, South America, the western US and they took a long river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest that was thoroughly enjoyed.
A family service was held on May 24th, 2022 at Cornerstone Church with his children and siblings in attendance. Bob was layed to rest that day at Springhill Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hodappfuneralhome.com
Memorial donations may be made to Matthew 25 Ministries by phone at 513-793-6256 or online at http://m25m.org/help/financial-donations/
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE service and gathering open to all who love Bob and the family will be held at Cornerstone Church on Saturday July 30th, 2022 at 2pm. Please reserve this date and check back here closer to the event for any additional information or updates.