Kathy Volker

June 24, 1955– June 5, 2017

Kathy Sue (Smith) Volker, daughter of Searcey and Vivian (Figgins) Smith, was born June 24, 1955 in Auburn, Nebraska. She was the only daughter, and joined three brothers in the family. Kathy was baptized in the Auburn Methodist Church on Christmas day in 1955 by Pastor M.R. Hinds. She attended school in Auburn, graduating from Auburn High School in 1974. She then went to Southeast Community College, earning a degree as a Medical Secretary. In 1979 Kathy was confirmed by Pastor Roger Hoffman at St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church near Humboldt, Nebraska. On July 21, 1979, she was united in marriage to Gary Volker at Long Branch Church, the ceremony performed by Pastor Hoffman. Three children, Leann, Deann, and Brandon, were born to this union. Kathy devoted her time to being a full-time homemaker, raising her children and performing the household chores. However, she also found time to volunteer in her church and community. As a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Kathy taught Sunday school and Bible school, and she served as an EMT on the Johnson Rescue Squad. Later in life, she and her daughter Leann volunteered with the Johnson Rag. Throughout her life, family was important to Kathy. From raising her own children, to doing her best to spoil granddaughter Emma, she loved to be with family. Kathy also spent many hours with Leann and the Stitch-A-Long group in Johnson. Kathy was plaqued by illness for a good part of adulthood. In 2008, she received a kidney transplant which gave her a new “lease on life”. On the night of Monday, June 5, 2017, after a few days of feeling ill, Kathy was rushed to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. She passed away there that same night, having reached the age of 61 years, 11 months, and 12 days. Her parents, brother Ron, and infant daughter Deann preceded her in death. Those who survive Kathy include her husband Gary of Johnson; daughter Leann Volker of Johnson; son Brandon Volker and his fiancée Trisha Neumeister of Auburn; granddaughter Emma of Auburn; brothers and sisters-in-law Donald and Carol Smith of Auburn; Dennis and Kathy Smith of Roberts, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Friday, June 9, 2017, at St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church near Humboldt, with Revs. Eric and Amalia Spruth-Janssen officiating. Carolyn Hahn was organist and accompanist for congregational hymns. Casket bearers were Ron Smith, Michael Smith, Kevin Stangl, Carl Davis, Doug Kerns, and Mark Weber. Don Smith and Dennis Smith served as honorary bearers, and Rhonda Stangl and Missy Shutts assisted with flowers. Burial was in the church cemetery. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.

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