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John Walter William (Billy) Volckens

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 10, 2015 @ 3:35 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 2 Comments

John Walter William (Billy) Volckens, 69, of Durham, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

He was born to the late William and Katharine Volckens on February 19, 1946 in Evanston, IL. Billy graduated from New Trier High School in 1964 where he was captain of the swim team. He received a BA in English from the University of Evansville in 1968. Billy married Susan Seaton in 1970, and they lived together in Winnetka, IL, before relocating to Durham in 2005.

Billy worked as a salesman and stockbroker in Chicago. He was an active member of the local community theater and a devoted Sunday school teacher and choir member at Christ Church of Winnetka. Known for his bowties, Billy loved fireworks, Frisbee golf, and above all his family.

Billy is survived by his wife Susie and four children: Peter Volckens (Alison) of Charlotte, NC; John Volckens (Amy) of Fort Collins, CO; Andrew Volckens (Sonia) of San Francisco, CA; Katharine Lew (Alex) of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by his mother-in-law (Joan Winston), five grandchildren (with a sixth due in April), and 11 nieces and nephews. He also leaves three siblings: Fredricka Kimball (Kim); Pauline Rothberg (Randall); and Robert Volckens (Julie).

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough (210 St. Mary’s Road). Private burial will take place this summer in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Memorial donations in Billy’s name can be made to Little Traverse Nature Conservancy (3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740).

Condolences for the family of “John Walter William (Billy) Volckens”

Condolence from Isabel Pierce Krause on December 11th, 2015 8:29 pm


Can it be you down here in NC? And Billy? I was shocked to see the obit today in the Raleigh paper. We have been in Durham since 1995! Wish I had known you both were here somewhere. Hillsborough? Please call me at 919-384-2694 when you have time or email me at normizzy@nc.rr.com Sally Sprowl is coming down here the end of Jan. and we would love to see you! All our best wishes to you and the family. We will be thinking of you. Love, Isabel

Condolence from Ravishankara on December 16th, 2015 8:05 am

Dear Volckens family
My deep condolences on your loss.
John- have been thinking about you. Hope you are dealing with this loss well.

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