Raymond Charles (Bud) Vollrath passed away July 23, at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Bud was born January 20, 1926 to Mary Alma Geist Vollrath Guffey and Charles David Vollrath at Ely.
He was married to Doris (Hawn) Vollrath June 29, 1952. To this union was born three children: Dennis Keith (Angel) Vollrath, Mark Anthony (Jane) Vollrath, and Susan (Shelley) Scott. He rejoiced when each of the nine grandchildren were born: Jamie Lindsey, Joshua Vollrath, Kati (Jon) Conyers, Matt Vollrath (Dani), Curt Vollrath (Rachel), Joel Vollrath (Emilee), Grant Vollrath and Logan Scott and thirteen great-grandchildren Hailey Fohey, Peyton Lindsey, Hayden and Tait Vollrath, Braxton Vollrath, Jon and Jacob Conyers, Rayden and Ryker Vollrath, Harper Vollrath, Chloe Durst, Jace Brown and Cooper Cox.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters: Alma (Adams) Bryant, Betty Carlisle, Edna Perry, and Rena (Guffey) Rippinger, a grandson, Gregory Vollrath and great-grandson, Jameson Vollrath.
He is survived by his wife, children, one brother, Glenn Guffey, a special niece and nephew, Karen and Larry Walls, numerous nieces and nephews and best (furry) friend, Sophi, who never left his side.
Bud grew up on a farm living with Frank and Virgie Geist, Charlotte and John and Uncle Art Geist. Uncle Frank taught him the love of quail hunting, guns and bird dogs with “Ranger” being his favorite. He loved the outdoors, taking his family on many camping trips all over the Northwest and Southern states. This resulted in his sons being avid hunters and fishermen and Shelley could spot deer tracks before anyone else.
Bud also had a love for convertibles, motorcycles, horses, the California Redwoods, the St. Louis Cardinals, humming birds and wrens. He attended Ely and Rennselear schools, then joined the Navy at age 18 with five other friends from Monroe County. He was stationed in Idaho, then sailed for Guam on the ship “The USS Lycoming.” Later, he worked for the Postal Service in San Francisco. There he received an Honorable Discharge, returning to Monroe City to make his home. He and one of his Navy friends, Jim Lehenbauer, opened the B and J Restaurant on Winter Street. In 1951, he went to work for L.O. Kuhlman Diecasting as a tool and die maker, where he worked for 40 years retiring February 1991 – working for Pace Industries for one month. He always spoke fondly of Mr. Kuhlman and his fellow workers, especially Don Howard, his boss.
Bud was a quiet man who always had a smile on his face. He was very patriotic, always honoring his flag and his country after World War II. He enjoyed his retirement, following his passion for wood working. He had a well-equipped workshop and enjoyed making crafts and items for his children and grandchildren. (Curtis, 11 years old brought a friend to PaPa’s workshop and told him proudly, “My Papa can make anything”). Bud continued to go daily to his workshop, making his famous wren houses. Bud and Doris purchased a pontoon and spent many years fishing and boating at Mark Twain Lake, entertaining family and friends. Bud was a great water skier, ice and roller skater. He taught all of his children to ice skate on Monroe City’s “old Mill Pond”. He and Doris enjoyed bus tours many of them to country music shows.
Bud loved music and was an avid piano player, playing his first song, at age 7 (by ear). He also played guitar. His favorited hymn was “In the Garden”. Bud was a previous member of the Hannibal Moose Lodge, and also volunteered with Doris delivering meals for the Nutrition Center Bud loved his Lord and his family. He was first baptized at Mt. Vernon Church at Ely. He was later baptized at First Baptist Church, Monroe City, with his sons, Dennis 10 and Mark 8 years old by Rev. J.D. Stewart.
Visitation for Bud was held Monday night July 27, 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 at First Baptist Church with Pastor Chad McMath officiating. Pallbearers will be Curt, Josh, Joel, Matt and Grant Vollrath and Jon Conyers. Honorary pallbearers will be Logan Scott, Glen Guffey, Larry and Karen Walls and all of his great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Judevine Center or Nutrition Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri.
Due to the COVID-19 concerns it is preferred that you please wear your face mask during the visitation and funeral services.