Peter Stanley Volnek, age 77, of Columbus, died Thursday; February 15, 2001 at the Columbus Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday February 19, 2001 at The St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus, Nebraska. Fr. Dan Keller will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday after 4:00 p.m. at the McKown Funeral Home. A Vigil will be held Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Monday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Peter Stanley Volnek was born June 6, 1923 in Greeley County, Ne. to Andrew,Sr. and Clara (Niedbalski) Volnek. As a boy he lived on a farm near Cedar Rapids, Nebraska and attended school in Greeley and Boone County. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943-1945. He married Phyllis Nowak on February 4, 1947 at Fullerton, Nebraska. Pete farmed near Fullerton for several years and then moved to Columbus where he was a mechanic at Columbus Oil, and Northside Motors. He drove a truck for Behlen Manufacturing for 30 years. He also owned and operated the Village Inn Cafe in Richland from 1968 until May of 1995 when he retired. The last 2 years he worked part time for Behlen Manufacturing.
He was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Hartman Post #84 American Legion, and the Eagles Club.
Burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery with military honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard
Peter is survived by:
Daughter Mary (Randy) Jasper Columbus, NE D
Daughter Rita (Earl Dean) Mohrman Monroe, NE
Daughter Ruth (Jack) Speicher Columbus, NE
Daughter Shirley Thornton South Sioux City, NE
Son Gerald (Katherine) Volnek Billings, MT
Sister Patricia (Robert) Perry Columbus, NE
Sister Margaret Bosak Genoa, NE
Sister Virginia (Frank) Konwinski Silver Creek, NE
Brother Andy (Phyllis) Volnek Columbus, NE
Brother Frank Volnek Arlington, NE
Brother Mike (Irene) Volnek Columbus, NE
4 Great Grandchildren
Many Nieces & Nephews
Peter was preceded in death by:
Father Andrew Volnek, Sr.
Mother Clara Volnek
Sister Cecelia Volnek
Sister Rita Ann Volnek
Sister Della Bosak
Sister Frances Czuba
Sister Esther Lennan
Grandson Cyrus Thornton