A funeral service to honor and celebrate the life of Gary Joe Volz will be held Friday, March 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church in Okmulgee, Oklahoma with pastors Tom Branch and Dave Dunson officiating. The visitation will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Schaudt’s Okmulgee Funeral Service Chapel.
Gary Joe Volz of Okmulgee, Oklahoma passed away with loving family by his side on March 9, 2019, at the age of 73. Gary was born on April 18, 1945 in Coffeyville, Kansas to parents, Joseph and Lila (Neely) Volz.
The family moved to Muskogee when Gary was an infant. He was involved in the usual scouting and school band events. He and his dad-built Joe and Lila's Malt Shop and several famous actors and singers were known to have had a burger there. Gary graduated from Muskogee High School in 1963. The next day he left for Oklahoma City to attend Midwest Christian College. He attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary before graduating from Midwest with a bachelor’s degree in Theology.
He married his partner in mischief, Ann Richardson Volz on May 22, 1975 and for 43 years called her his Bride. They literally traveled the world from Mexico to Siberia and points in between, most often on mission trips.
Gary liked variety and after ministering to several Christian Churches across Oklahoma branched into other vocations. He was an EMT Driver, A substitute teacher for Glenpool Schools. Always the salesman, he sold cars, paper products, pharmaceuticals and marketed for A Vow Hospice. Gary and Ann served many years with the Chaplaincy Corp of the Tulsa Police Department. For sixteen years Gary worked with the Schaudt Funeral Service and the last 2 1/2 years here in Okmulgee.
He is preceded in death by parents Joseph and Lila Volz, and niece Myria Price.
Those left to cherish the memory of Gary include wife Ann Volz, sister; Shirlry Price, sons; Corry Joe Volz (wife Iva) of Muskogee, Jason Volz of Tulsa, and Kyle Volz (wife Trista) of California. Daughters include Cecily Stockwell Bilbrey (husband Justin) of Oklahoma City, Melissa Zellner Daniel of Tulsa; Grandchildren include, Jeffery Volz (wife Kristina), CJ Westbrook, Christian Daniel, Kirstien Lindley, Blaine Daniel, Jo Lila Volz, Meghann Daniel, and Ben Daniel, Gabriella Volz and Sebastian Volz. Great grandchildren include, Liam Daniel, Malikai Daniel, Ian Pry, Kristina Volz, Jessi Volz, and Joseph Volz. One Aunt Norma Lea Ragel and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family has designated A-Vow Hospice in Broken Arrow or Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri to honor Gary's Memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to Schaudt's Okmulgee Funeral Service & Cremation Care Centers. Family and friends may send memories and condolences to the family online at www.schaudtfuneralservice.com