Robert (Bob) Carl Volz


Robert (Bob) Carl Volz, loving father, husband, and grandfather passed peacefully on May 16, 2010 after a 14 month battle with brain cancer.  Born in Seattle to parents Herbert and Mary Volz on June 2, 1925. A native of Seattle, his first job was collecting nickels from parking meters for the City of Seattle.  During WWII he worked long shoring and after the war, he worked on a fish packer in Alaska.

Bob loved the life and became a commercial troller in SE Alaska.  Bob met his wife, Marguerite Fox, in Sitka and they married in 1953. They lived in Kirkland for 44 years.  Bob was a lifetime member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 32.   He worked the Alaska pipeline, in addition to several shops locally.  He retired in 1987.  Bob and Marguerite traveled to Europe, Australia, Mexico, and around the U.S.  Bob enjoyed summers spent sailing the Puget Sound with his family, creating art through sketches and paintings, and rebuilding and owning several Hudson’s.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marguerite; six children: Ron (Maureen), Frank (Sheree), Sam, Will, Bev Kocher (Rocky) and Anna Jahnke (Dave); five grandchildren:  Katie, Doug, Isaac, Amanda, and Lindsay; sister Barbara Burkey (John) and many nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Mary Volz, sisters Carla Olson and Johanna Nikerenz, and brother Raymond.

A Celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m., June 5th at 15620 161st
Ave NE, in Woodinville.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Evergreen Hospice or Swedish
Cancer Research.

14 Responses to “Robert (Bob) Carl Volz”

  • Dolores Strand-Hestad & Jerry says:

    Our payers and blessings go to Muggins and the
    famiy.

    Jerry & Dolores Hestad

  • Bev Kocher says:

    To my wonderful Mom, Muggins. Thankyou so much for taking such good care of our Dad thru his illness and actually thru his life. You were there till the end taking care of him.It was a 24/7 responsibility at the end. He loved you so much.
    I cannot wait to be in Seattle with my family next week to celebrate Dads life. He was, by far, the best dad anyone could ask for. You will forever be in my heart Daddy and I expect you to be waiting for me when it is my turn to leave this world. Even though I feel you are with me now.
    to my brothers and sister and their familys and Mom. Im so sorry for your loss. I love you all more then you know. Beverly

  • Ron Volz - Son says:

    To Dad on Fathers Day 2006

    It is awesome to watch and share with you
    The Seasons of sailing we have been through
    Three generations of Volz’s on board now
    Sailing new waters yet to explore

    You have been there dad for most of my needs
    Sharing a friendship and planted new seeds
    Two summers, one winter ahead as we sail
    Talks of the past and unknown future tales

    I treasure them all, the moments we have
    To continue the traditions passed onto my son
    In life as in sailing the freedom within
    To put up the sails and head once again into the wind.

    Happy Fathers Day Dad,
    Love always
    Your son Ron

  • Dick Moa says:

    sorry to here about bob’s passing , our payers are for you & your family Dick & Rose Moa

  • Erika Nickrenz Herman says:

    I will never forget my favorite Uncle, Uncle Bobby. He was my mom Joanna’s favorite brother….he was always tickling and teasing her when she was little and loved her music so much. I feel so grateful to have visited with Uncle Bobby and Aunt Muggins several times in the last few years- when I was pregnant with my son, Zachary, (you all predicted he would be a boy and you were right!), with my mom and 3 month old Baby Zachary for a much overdue reunion just months before she passed- wandering around Bremerton when I had a concert, and lastly in Tacoma where we had a wonderful night with him, Muggins and a few dear cousins. I will be flying from NJ to be with you all to celebrate the amazing life of Bobby, who we all cherished and will be in our hears forever- much love, your Niece and ‘Cuz Erika

  • Sue Feland says:

    Dear Bev, Thank You for sharing your stories about your special father. It is a very difficult time for you and your family, and I’m sorry for your loss. God is taking very good care of him now, there is no more pain and suffering, your dad is basking in the sunshine and sailing his boat in paradise. Please take care of yourself. The Celebration of Life will be a great healing time for all of you. God Bless, Sue Feland, Bismarck, ND.

  • Russ & Serene Randall says:

    Marguerite, You and Bob have been our dearest neighbors for over 30 years. Bob was a special guy and we have had a lot of fun chats and garden tips over the years. We will miss Bob so much. To all the family we are thinking of you and know how much you miss your Dad and Grandpa. Your memories will keep Bob in your hearts forever. Love Russ and Serene

  • Cathy, John & Carlee Olsen says:

    Uncle Bobby,

    I have heard many times that you were one of my husbands favorite uncles. We have slackenly kept in touch only by holiday greetings over the years. Always promising we would have once again another great family reunion. The last one was to remember for always. I am sorry to say that we did not realize at the time, that time was so short. We all take so much for granted!!

    I hope that your last days on Earth were not filled with too much pain and that all of your immediate family are staying strong and supportive of one another (Love to Aunt Muggins and the cousins).

    When you reach heaven, please say HI and give a big hug to your sister, our mother, Carla. I hope the two of you with all the others you are with have a happy, everlasting life with God and the angels.

    Forever lasting love,
    John, Cathy & Carlee Olsen

  • Cathy, John & Carlee Olsen says:

    Uncle Bobby,

    My husband has often said that you are one of his favorite uncles. We have, slackenly, only kept in contact over the years through holiday greetings with the promise of another family reunion. The last one was absolutly unforgettable and we still have the group photo in our kitchen for all to view. Life goes by so quickly, how were we to know that it would be too late.

    We only hope that your last time on Earth was not painful and that your immediate family is now supporting one another (Love to Aunt Muggins and the cousins).

    Please give a big hug to your sister, our Mother, Carla and the rest of the family when you reunite in Heaven.

    Love and everlasting happiness in Heaven,
    John, Cathy & Carlee Olsen

  • ARABRABZLOV says:

    “BOBBY THE TRULY GENTLE MAN” MY BROTHER…..I’M JUST REALIZING THAT I HAVE KNOWN HIM LONGER THAN ANY OTHER LIVING PERSON HAS. MY MIND KEEPS TURNING TO OUR CHILDHOOD DAYS. A VERY STRONG IMPRESSION OF HIM. HE WORE GLASSES THEN. I CAN SEE THAT SWEET BOY, ALWAYS SO AGREEABLE AND SO MUCH FUN. HIS BATHTUB PUTT PUTT BOATS AND ALL THE BIG LITTLE BOOKS…..HE WOULD DRAW A CARTOON OR OBJECT ON A LOWER CORNER OF EACH PAGE,PLACED SO THAT HE COULD MAKE THEM ALL ANIMATED BY THUMBING THE PAGES. HE ALSO CLIPPED CARTOONS FROM THE NEWSPAPER AND KEPT A SCRAP BOOK OF HIS FAVORITE CURRENT JOKES. TO THIS DAY IF I SEE A YOUNG BOYWEARING GLASSES,MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIM. AND NOW, WITH EVEN MORE POIGNANCY.

    EARLY ON BOBBY HAD A HOBBY OF SNAPPING PICTURES WITH A TINY CHEAP CAMERA. NOW TODAY WE ARE BEHOLDEN TO HIM FOR THAT GREAT RECORD OF OUR VOLZ FAMILIY’S EARLY DAYS THAT HE CAPTURED WITH THAT SAME LITTLE BLACK CAMERA. I BELIEVE THAT HOBBY LATER THEN BLOSSOMED INTO OIL PAINTING.FROM WHICH HIS FAMILY NOW HAS A NUMBER OF WELL EXECUTED OF HIS PAINTINGS TO SHARE. WORKS OF HIS HEART AND HAND.

    THERE IS SO MUCH OF HIS RICH LIFE THAT ONE COULD RECOUNT. WHERE TO BEGIN? WHERE TO END? HE DID GIVE ME AWAY AT JOHN AND MY WEDDING….HIS ADVENTURES IN ALASKA BROUGHT TO HIM THE CARDINAL FIGURE OF HIS ADULT LIFE. MARGUERTIE VOLZ (MUGGINS, TO US). TOGETHER THEY CREATED A MOST REMARKABLE FAMILY, NUMBERING 6. EACH ONE AS INDIVIDUAL AS THEIR PARENTS. TOGETHER BOBBY AND MUGGINS TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY BEFORE OLD AGE CREPT UP ON THEM. THEIR GARDEN WAS AND IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR UNION. THEY ARE BOTH INVETERATE READERS. AND I DO HAVE TO MENTION WHAT A CARING JOB MUGGINS DID IN KEEPING BOBBY HOME TILL THE END. SHE CAN TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THAT…AND NOW SHE CAN REST HER ACHING BACK AND ARMS.

    NOW…IS BOBBY GONE FROM US? I GUESS WE WOULD HAVE TO ADMIT IT…BUT DO WE???
    HE WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF HIS FAMILY AND MY FAMILY. I LIKE TO THINK THAT HE IS IN A PLACE OF NO SUFFERING…HE CAN ONCE AGAIN TALK AND WALK, JUST LIKE “DAYS OF YORE.”…HAS BEEN GREETED BY ALL THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED FROM EACH OF HIS AND OUR FAMILIES. I KNOW HE WILL BE WAITING TO GREET US ALL AS WE HOPEFULLY MAKE THE ENTRANCE QUALIFICATIONS TO ETERNAL REST.
    WE LOVE YOU BOBBY AND ALWAYS WILL! ! !
    ARABRABZLOV @ aol . com

  • Bob Shaner says:

    To a dear friend that will be missed and thought of often.

    We worked together in the plumbing industry since 1966. Lived and worked together in Alaska and many other places. We shared many experiences and stories we like to tell over and over again, never an angry word between us. A once in a lifetime friendship.

    Marguerite, also a loving person who helped me through hard times in my life. I am honored to have had Bob and Marguerite all these years that I can honestly call my dear friends.

    I will miss Bob in my life. Everything we shared and experiences we had.

    He will never be forgotten.

  • June Shaner says:

    Marguerite,

    I am so blessed to have known you and Bob. I am so sorry for the hard times you have experienced. Both you and Bob have been such good friends. It was always nice to see you and listen to the chatter between our husbands. The stories………..the laughter.

    Bob had a wonderful life….One to be proud of.
    We will all miss him.

  • Jann Glisson says:

    Marguerite – dear friend
    The Celebration of Bob’s life today was so lovely. The sunshine, the beauty of the gardens, the gathering of friends and family spoke LOUDLY of the life you and Bob shared. As you journey forward, family and friends are there with you. I look forward to our walk in the Arboretum.
    Much love – Jann (Outback Red)

  • Virginia Volz says:

    With a grand smile I view my uncle’s photographs, as he resembles my beloved father. Truly wonderful to behold the photograph of lovely Marguerite by her man and the sea, many years ago. My father had no favorites amongst his siblings; he equally shared stories of love towards all. Perhaps my dad is now sharing a basketball story with Carla, listening to Jo play the piano, or throwing a ball at Bob at the welcome gates of heaven. But, I certainly hope he takes a smooth sail with his brother Bob, whom he loved so dearly. Peace and love to the family of Robert Volz.

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