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Danned Fred Volkening


Danne Fred Volkening, 78, of Holmen, Wis., died on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Memorial services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Journey Lutheran Church, 2703 Sand Lake Road, in Holmen, with Rev. Steven Meyer officiating. Friends and family may call at the church from 4:30 p.m. until the service.

He was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Elgin, Ill., to Harold and Dorothy (Stuart) Volkening. He served in the U.S. Army for two years until his discharge.

On Nov. 12, 1960, he married Carol Ann Retzlaff in Ripon, Wis. He had worked for 31 years as an assembler for the Caterpillar Tractor Plant in Aurora, Ill., until his retirement. In May of 1997 he and Carol moved to Holmen where his life revolved around his family.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Aaron Danne Chatten; a great-granddaughter, Madison Faith Chatten; a brother, Joe Miller; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Retzlaff.

In addition to his wife, Carol, he is survived by two children, Robin Johnson and her husband, Ken, of Fort Peck, and Jody Volkening and his wife, Ellen, of French Island, Wis.; three grandchildren, Amy Wiley and her husband, Shawn, Brian Chatten Jr. and Brandon Chatten and his wife, Sabrina; a granddaughter-in-law, Lacey Chatten-Copenhaver of Williston, N.D.; four great-grandchildren, Megan Burns, Trinity Burns, Kadin Chatten and Emma Chatten; two sisters, Shirley Otto and her husband, Marvin, of Princeton, Wis., and Pamela Hallett and her husband, Jim, of Tucson, Ariz; three brothers, Dale Volkening and his wife, Donna, of Wautoma, Wis., Lee Volkening and his wife, Margaret, of South Carolina and Fred Volkening and his wife, Irene, of Boonsboro, Md.; a sister-in-law, Marion Blackburn, of Ripon; a brother-in-law, Gordon Retzlaff, of Ripon; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the Aaron Danne Chatten Foundation, 914 Jet Drive, Glasgow.

Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of Onalaska, Wis., 608- 781-5623, is assisting the family.


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