John Emil Volz
Date: Friday May 21, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]
Sunday, July 5, 1942
Date of Death:
Saturday, April 3, 2021
78 years old
John Emil Volz
John Emil Volz, 78, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on April 3rd, 2021, at Rochester East Care Center.
John Emil Volz was born on July 5, 1942, in Janesville, MN to Eugene and Alice (Traxler) Volz. He graduated from Janesville High School and attended the University of Minnesota, playing football with future Vikings Carl Eller and Milt Sunde. He eventually transferred to Mankato State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In 1968, he married Jeanne Karen Seger, and several years later, the couple moved to Chatfield, MN. John taught History at Chosen Valley High School for over 20 years, and during that time, achieved a Master’s Degree. He retired early from teaching due to his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
John was a huge sports fan, and loved watching the Vikings on Sundays, and watching Twins games with his wife Jeanne. They were married for over 50 years. John loved watching his son Tim play football games, and being a teacher, would get to school early and park his car right in front of the goal post, ensuring the best seat in the house. He equally loved his after-school routine with his other son Ed. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his two sons, Tim of Rochester, and Edward of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Kendra and Emma; brothers Jim and Joe; and sister Bette. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Jeanne, and brother Jean.
The Memorial Service for John will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, May 21, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home.
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I’ve been Tim’s significant for the last 8 years and had the privilege of knowing John during a period of time that was difficult for everyone in the family as his health declined. When I read and hear all the stories of his younger years, I wish I could have known him in his prime. But as Tim has said, he was tough and he had integrity. I didn’t ever hear him complain about being incapacitated. He loved to talk about sports and knew that was a connection he could have with Tim. He was caring, and would have given anything to be able to take care of himself, but knew the meaning of acceptance and found joy in his relationships with his family. Tim, this has been a life changing couple of months for you in losing both parents within a short period of time. They are probably having a good time in heaven, watching Minnesota sports, no more pain. Just know I got your back down here, love ya.
Sorry for your loss
My heart aches for you. Losing one parent is hard enough. I have many great memories of both John and Joanne. The days ahead will be hard, but I pray for your comfort. Ride the waves of pain and let yourself heal in your time. Believe me, it will not happen overnight, I am working through my own loss still. But know that you are thought about often and not alone.
My boys and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and father.
John was the roommate of their father for a few years. My son Greg would chat with your mom and dad every week when he would go see he dad (John Holzer). It was so nice to visit with your mom, when she would come to see your dad..They were very nice people. We are sorry for your loss...
My boys are having a Celebration of Life for their dad at the East Wood Park in Plainview on May 8, 2021 from 11-4 p.m.
Food and beverage will be served.
It was such a privilege to be a part of your dad’s final years. He would always say hi to me and before I could respond he’d ask me questions about my family and kids. He will be missed by so many. Your Mom greeted him in heaven with open arms and they are watching a ball game together. Tim, you are in my thoughts and prayers my friend.
Tim & Ed, our deepest condolences to you both during this difficult time. It is difficult to lose one parent and you lost both of yours in a relatively short time. I imagine your Mom up in heaven greeting your Dad with open arms and smiles.
We send our love and prayers to you both!
I was fortunate enough to have this gentleman as a teacher. It was in his earlier years. People always enjoyed his class. He was quite the sneaky jokester. It would take you a while to catch on to the fact that he was teasing you. When he couldn’t hold it back anymore he would finally burst out with this silly grin. Then he would be so proud of himself that he had fooled you. RIP Mr. Volz.
My Brother Joe posted a nice memorial to John. Nice Joe. But I have to share a story involving Joe, my cousin Nancy and John. If you recall when John would test he would sit on a stool in front of the class. I don't recall Joe or Nancy being strong scholastically. The two of them decided to cheat off each others test. Well John busted them cheating and I recall John hopping off the stool and snatching both of their tests and crumbling them up and tossing them in the trash. Not a word said. I remember Joe and Nancy just laughing. Talk about your dumb and dumber!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry for your loss Volz boys.
Class of "77
He was also our 7th and 8th grade football coach.
Without a doubt, the best times I had in high school were when I had John as my teacher. He always seemed to take a personal interest in me and helped to push me along in the process of being educated. His beautiful disposition in spite of having MS at a relatively young age was remarkable. He always gave me the benefit without a doubt when I didn’t deserve it. Wish I had tried harder! TIm and Ed, your dad was a good man and I can honestly say I am a better person having known him a little bit back in the day. My sincere condolences to you both.
Joe Judd 78’
I have such fond memories of your Dad from my HS years at Chosen Valley HS from which I graduated in 1973. He was always such a soft spoken guy and a friend to all the students. He faced his diagnosis with grace and determination and your Mom was always there to support him as his mobility declined. I didn’t realize your Mom had passed away. My sympathies for both losses.
Dear Tim and Ed,
I am so sad to hear of the passing of your dad. I loved your Dad he was so good to me especially in some of the hard times I went through in high school. He made me believe there was something in me that was special. I will never forget his kindness. Funny story he accidentally called my work number one time, total accident and of all the people in this world he got me, it took me like 2 seconds to recognize his voice, and so I had to ask Mr. Volz is that you? He was like ahhhh yeah whose this and I told him we had a great chuckle and I was able to tell him thank you for his kindness. I hope your out for a run Mr Volz with your beautiful wife cheering you on and God saying just look at him go.
He was a kind man and beloved by many in the community where he taught for many years. I would run into people I barely knew from High School and one of the first things they would say was, "How is your dad doing? I loved him as a teacher." He was a tough guy and lived with the horrible affliction of MS for most of my life. I never heard him complain about his disease. He had integrity. He would let people in his class run down to the bakery and get him donuts so they could smoke a couple cigarettes. He is in a better place and after he passed, the look on his face was one of relief. RIP Dad. You were one of a kind.
Some very funny and special memories! He was a great guy! Much sympathy to all the family especially adSome very funny and special memories! He was a great guy! Much sympathy to you Ed and Tim.
My condolences to you, Volz family. I have very fond memories of Mr. Volz at CVHS. Wishing you peace and comfort.
I remember him fondly as a teacher at CVHS. He touched many lives during his years as an educator. May he Rest In Peace.
Dear Tim and family,
I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a beloved fixture at CVHS and a truly wonderful teacher. Losing a patent is so heartbreaking. Saying prayers for peace and healing. God speed Mr Volz.
Tim and Ed,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of both your mom and dad. Please know you are both in my thoughts snd prayers. They were wonderful people.