Obituary: Verda Volk


Verda Volk, age 96, entered into eternal rest on Oct. 8, 2020. Verda was given life by God, The Creator of all things, and was born March 10, 1924, in Lamesa, Texas, a daughter of Henry Larken Bruce and Alta Mae Stricklen.

Verda graduated from Albany High School in Albany, Okla., on May 13, 1938.

On Aug. 4, 1944, at Galveston Lutheran Church she received the gift of beloved companion in her husband, Ardo Rochow Volk. He preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 2000.

Verda worked as a waitress at the Denison Hotel in Durant, Okla., and as the head librarian in Hynnis, Neb., and later received her beautician license and went into business at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Rock Island, Ill. Her main career was Homemaker.

Verda was an active member and held officers in the Silver Cross Circle of the Kings Daughters. She was a member of the Gatlinburg Duplicate Bridge Club, Gatlinburg, Tenn. She belonged to two recreational bridge clubs in the Quad Cities. She was a member of a quilt sewing group at Parkview Lutheran Church. She never failed to have a garden.

Verda was preceded in death by three brothers: Franklin Bruce, Robert Bruce, A.V. Bruce. Two sisters: Helen LeFeaver and Vera Clemens.

She is survived by her sister Evelyn Smith of Durant, Okla., her son Charles Henry Volk II and wife Andrea of Long Grove; two grandchildren Irina Christine Volk of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and William Alexander Volk at Incirlik Air Force Base, Turkey. Great-grandchild, Hazel Lynn Wolf.

Funeral Services for Verda are Thursday Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at Brown’s Funeral Service in Durant, Okla. Visitation will be held one hour before services begin. Verda will be laid to rest next to her late husband Ardo at Chippiannock Cemetery in Rock Island.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Faith Lutheran Church in Durant, Okla.

Services are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, Durant. Online condolences can be made at


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