Joseph Volk, beloved husband, father, grandfather (papa), uncle and dear friend, was called to Heaven on April 22, 2017 surrounded by family.
Joe was born on March 19, 1927 to Frank and Magdalena Volk in Hague, ND. He spent most of his youth working with his father on their family farm before serving as a Sergeant in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950-53.
In 1962 he married the love of his life, Diane, and a few years later moved to Enumclaw, WA where they spent the next 45 years raising their family and enjoying time with their grandchildren. During this time Joe also celebrated a career of 25 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation.
After retirement he became the first official form of free daycare for his first grandchild. He also enjoyed time meeting friends for coffee, playing cards and being the official (unofficial) sportscaster to commentate on any type of sporting event you can imagine.
Joe will always be remembered for his ability to make a friend wherever he went, a gentle sense of humor, his skillful art at the pinochle table and most of all making sure the ones he loved were taken care of.
He is survived by his four children, Jeff, Linda (husband, Scott Helm), Laura (husband, Jerry Slater) and Tom (wife, Tricia); four grandchildren: Breanna, Brittany, Marley and Indria; greatgrandson, Kamden; five nephews, Darwin, Rodney, Joseph, Randy and Mickey; and niece Michelle.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Diane; father and mother, Frank and Magdalena; sister and brother, Eleanor and Marce.
A memorial service will be held on May 19, at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Enumclaw. A rosary will be held prior at 10:30 a.m.