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OBIT – Richard Leo Volz

MISSION – Longtime Mission resident Richard Leo “Dick” Volz, 86, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Mr. Volz was born in Mission on Feb. 15, 1930, to Alphons and Olivia Massey Volz, who were pioneer settlers in Mission. He grew up in Mission and farmed citrus with his father. He attended Mission High School and was an Eagle Scout. He served with the U.S. Army and was stationed at the 38th parallel during the Korean War.

He married Fosteene Spikes, on April 30, 1953. In 1963, they moved to Kensington, Md., where he began a career in car sales. The family returned to Mission in 1971 when he was named co-owner and manager for Spikes Motor Company and where he worked until his retirement in 1988.

Survivors include his children, Linda Vickers of Falfurrias, Ron Volz of Mission and Loretta Mann of San Marcos; sisters, Sister Mary Florence, CDP, and Marlene Vos of Weslaco; and four grandchildren.            

He was preceded in death by his parents Alphons and Olivia Volz; wife, Fosteene Volz; siblings, Marvin Volz and Millicent VanDeventer; and children, Teresa Sturdivant and David Volz.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial follows at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission.

Pallbearers will be Bill Littleton, Mondo Gonzales, James Vos, Richard Vos, Sawyer Mann and Brandon Mann.

In his memory, the family asks friends to “pass it forward” – do a good deed, extend a helping hand or make someone smile. In lieu of flowers, they ask that donations be made to a local animal shelter.

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