Kenneth C. Volk
Kenneth C. Volk, of Cottage Road, South Dayton, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Facility in Springville, surrounded by family. Kenneth was 91 years old.
Ken was born an only child to Charles and Myrtle (Milks) Volk in South Dayton on October 13, 1925.
Ken honorably served his country with the Army Air Force during WWII. He retired from the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center in 1985. At the time of his retirement, he was the head of the Occupational Therapy Department. Ken was also a farm manager at the Center for many years.
Ken married the former Patricia Zielenieski on April 15, 1968 at St. Joseph?s Roman Catholic Church in Gowanda. Patricia survives, as do four of their children, including three sons, Charles (Donna) Volk of North Collins, Kenneth (Amy) Volk of Newton, Mass., Kevin (Rehndell) Volk of Sunny Side, NY; and daughter, Deborah (Donald) Gernatt of Springville. Kenneth is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kathleen, Eric, Stephen, Travis, Kaitlyn, Derrick, Aidan and Graham; three great-grandchildren, Colin, Ogden and Gianni. Nieces and nephews also survive.
Besides his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his first wife, the former June Langless, who passed away July 4, 1967, along with a son, Daniel (wife Christine survives of Bedford, NY) Volk.
Kenneth was a member of St. Joseph?s RC Church in Gowanda, he was past president and secretary of the Gowanda Federal Credit Union. He was an exempt member of the Collins Vol. Fire Department and was the past Town Supervisor of Dayton. His supervisor position spanned 16 years and he also served for 10 years as a councilman for the town of Dayton. Kenny was a member of the South Dayton American Legion. He and his wife and family enjoyed camping and Kenny was past president for the Twin Pine?s Camp Ground in Zoar.
In his younger years, it was a common occurrence for Kenny to get a pick-up group together to play music, he played the saxophone and the clarinet. He also used to love calling square dancing. Ken and his wife Pat ran the 4-H Club known as Beaver Valley.
Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, where funeral services will be held Saturday, October 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow in the Collins Center Cemetery.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the Gowanda Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 143, Gowanda, NY 14070.