Kenneth John Vollert, age 82, of Vesper, passed away on January 27, 2021 at Edenbrook in Wisconsin Rapids.
Ken was born to Carl and Frances (Luth) Vollert on May 13, 1938 in Wisconsin Rapids. He graduated from Lincoln High School and continued his education at the Vocational Technical School (now Mid-State) with a two-year Machinist Degree. In 1964, he was hired at Nekoosa Foundry and Machine Works (now Nekoosa Corporation) as an Apprentice Machinist. In 1970, he was promoted to Shop Foreman until he retired in 1998. The guys in his shop meant a lot to him and he considered them to be like his kids.
Ken married Bette Haberkorn on August 1, 1970 in Wisconsin Rapids. Ken and Bette celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. Together they enjoyed many years of golfing, reading books, watching men’s softball, American Legion baseball, high school basketball and youth hockey.
Ken was an avid Badger, Packer and Brewer fan. One of his favorite things was sitting in his screen porch listening to Bob Uecker announce Brewer games. He also enjoyed bowling and bowled in the Transportation League for over 50 years making many lifelong friends there. Ken enjoyed riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle and so enjoyed his day trips with his buddies Don and Ed. He was a long-time member of the men’s golf league at Homestead and was also a member of the Cranmoor Skeet Club.
After retirement, Ken worked for Wysocki Farms driving trucks for the potato harvest and also worked many fall cranberry harvests. Ken was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Seneca Corners. He took pride in taking care of the church and grounds there and also served as church president for many years.
Known as “Uncle Kenny” to his many nieces and nephews, he always had a great story to tell. With no children of his own, he was a special uncle to many. Kenny had a twinkle in his eye similar to that of his mother. He was easy to talk to and his laid-back personality made him a joy to be around. He will be missed.
Ken is survived by brothers: Frederic (Jeanne) Vollert and Irvin (Sharon) Vollert; sisters: Carol Kobza, Susan (Dave) Bean, Alice (John) Homelvig; brother-in-law, Wendell Eastling; sisters-in-law: Merry Damrow, Jeanette Fumelle, and Sharon Haberkorn (fiance’ Dan Duckert). He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bette; his parents; sister, Lois Eastling; sisters-in-law: Linda Vollert and Lavon Haberkorn; brothers-in-law: Leonard Kobza, Michael Haberkorn, John Fumelle, and John Damrow.
A time of visitation for relatives and friends will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Private family services will follow. Burial will be at a later date at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery at Seneca Corners.
Memorials may be designated to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Seneca Corners.
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