Delmer Volmer, age 80 of Presho, S.D., Sunday, died April 17, 2011, at the Winner Regional Nursing Home.
Delmer Herman Volmer was born January 22, 1931, at his folks' farm at Draper, S.D., the son of Frank and Mary (Rubin) Volmer. Delmer grew up on his folks farm, graduating from Draper High School in 1949. While in school, he participated in baseball, basketball and football. Delmer had a boy deliver a note to a cheerleader and it was given to Delores by mistake, but turned out to be a good mistake.
Delmer was united in marriage to Delores Magnuson on August 30, 1949, at the Draper Catholic Church. They were blessed with five sons and one daughter. Delmer and Delores started their lives on the farm at Draper then Delmer went to auctioneer school in Mason City, Iowa, beginning a lifelong career in the auction business. In 1958, they bought half interest in the Presho Livestock Auction. In 1960, they bought full interest in the sale barn, then in 1972 he built the new sale barn and operated it until retirement. Delmer thoroughly enjoyed the livestock business and looking at his customer's cattle. He enjoyed going to any type of auction.
Delmer employed several people over the years and was always willing to help someone out. In his later years his favorite part of the day was going to look at his cattle.
Delmer is survived by his wife, Delores; five sons, Frank Volmer and his wife, Donna, of Winner, Ron Volmer and his wife, Deb, of Presho, Jim Volmer and his wife, Patti, of Draper, Michael Volmer of Amarillo, Texas, and Todd Volmer and his wife, Rona, of Winner; one daughter, Marlene Reuman and her husband, Mike, of Presho; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Bill Volmer of Draper and Leroy Volmer and his wife, Jeannie, of Pierre; two sisters, Florence Christian and her husband, Willard, of Pierre, and Rosemarie Wold of Middleton, Wisc.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Delmer was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary; and two brothers, Frankie and Alfred.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday, April 20, at Christ The King Catholic Church in Presho, with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant.
Music was provided by Marla Hayes, pianist, Wayne Smith, vocalist, and congregational hymns.
Ushers were Steve Hayes and Jerry Diedrich.
Pallbearers were Delmer's grandchildren.
Interment was at the Draper Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com