Print This Page

of Frederic, WI

February 7, 1929 – January 12, 2024


Thursday, February 1, 2024

one hour prior to the service

Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel – Minneapolis, MN

Funeral Services

Thursday, February 1, 2024

12:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel – Minneapolis, MN

Interment with Honors

Thursday, February 1, 2024

2:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling National Cemetery – Minneapolis, MN

Orville “Orv” Volkmann, age 94 of Frederic, WI, passed away in peace on January 12, 2024.

Orv was born on February 7, 1929 in Wilmette, Illinois the son of Alexander and Manila (Mueller) Volkmann.

He grew up (fondly known as) Nord East, Minneapolis. His childhood held memories of hunting, fishing, trapping and working at Max’s, the corner grocery store.

Orv met our mom at Circle B Ranch and being the good-looking wrangler he took her out on a trail ride one more time and then went on to a rodeo that night. They were married and that marriage lasted 53 ½ years.

He started his life career working for Chicago Northwestern Railroad and then on to Western Electric. His final step was creating along with mom, The Brass Bell, a Pet ‘n Saddle Shop in Wayzata, MN. Nearing retirement status he also became the manager and grounds keeper for the Twin Cities Polo Club in Maple Plain for 8 years.

In 1987 he was awarded the honor of the Minnesota Horse Council Horseman of the Year, highlighting his helping hand with 4-H, the Hamel Trail Duster Saddle Club and the parent association, Western Saddle Club Association.

When near his retirement, he and mom moved to Frederic, WI. They purchased a small house on 40 acres of thick woods and here he was absolutely in his glory.

Always a worker, he never was bored. He took on a job with the “Hole in the Wall” Casino in Danbury, WI and went up the ranks to become their top security enforcement supervisor for the casino. He was well thought of to be the guy who could talk down any altercation and used one of his many mantras “kill em’ with kindness.” All during this time he was also taking classes to become a first responder.

Retirement once again repeated itself and he turned to cutting down trees. He would cut them down with his first chain saw, that will be buried with him, and then would drag them in with his trusty four-wheeler. Orv would then cut and split the wood to sell for a modest amount. He became very popular in the area for his excellent stacking and selling of quality wood to burn and also his stories.

Orv is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gert; infant daughter, Susan Lee; son-in-law, Timm Freeman; brother, David; and one his last dogs, Wolf.

Orv is survived by daughters, Karen (Ron) Clark and Jill Freeman; son, John (Tricia) Volkmann; step grandson, Brandon Welch; brother, Daniel (Marsha) Volkmann; also through the years, many fishing cronies, hunting associates and his Nascar buddies; Shadow his last dog and companion; Kit Kat (the ferrel cat who with his patience became the garage/outside cat) and Spike the house cat.

Funeral service for Orv will be held Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. all at the Historic Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel, 1 Tower Avenue, Fort Snelling,
MN 55111.

Interment will be held Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

The family and host of friends request memorials be given to the MS Society and specifically directed to the MS River Road Run in Orv’s name.

If preferred flowers can be sent through Buffalo Floral, as they are among his friends also.


4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joyce Eckes

    With heartfelt sympathy. I have such fond memories from childhood of his kindness and his love for dogs and horses. The Brass Bell was a favorite store of mine. As a child, teen and young adult, I was always attracted to the breadth and depth of his knowledge and wisdom.

  2. Wanda G

    The Volkmann family took me under their wing when I was in grade school, a very long time ago. Orv made everyone feel welcome and part of the family. He will be missed by the many people his life enriched, but we will still hear his words of encouragement when we need them. Blessings to all his family.

  3. Nancy Timm

    Karen and Family,
    I am sorry to hear about Orv’s passing. He was such a good person and sold me my first horse..Sarge. He was so helpful in my learning about horses. And a nice person to work with. May your memories keep him close in your hearts.
    Nancy T

  4. Jeff Roedl aka Jeff's Appliance Service

    Orv was a long time customer of my appliance service company. I throughly enjoyed my visits with Orv. He enjoyed talking about his past experiences polo, gert, his dogs, his casino job and mostly cutting firewood. He was a kind and friendly man and I will miss him.


Submit a Guestbook Entry

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *