Robert Richard Volkman Sr. (1924 - 2012)

Robert Richard Volkman
1924 - 2012
updated June 29, 2020
Robert Richard Volkman Sr., father to 3 children, was born on March 23, 1924 in Wilmington, Delaware. He married Jane Coucill around 1947 in Wilmington, Delaware and Robert died on April 7, 2012 in Wilmington, Delaware. They gave birth to Robert Richard Volkman Jr., Sandra (Volkman) Miller, and Gregery Thomas Volkman. He died on April 7, 2012 in Wilmington, Delaware at 88 years old.

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Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware United States
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at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake Rd., in Bear, New Castle County, Delaware United States 19701
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Branch of service: Us Army Air Forces
Rank attained: CAPT
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Robert Richard Volkman Sr. & Jane (Coucill) Volkman

around 1947 - April 7, 2012
Cause of Separation: Death
Wilmington, New Castle County, DE, United States
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Mar 22, 1924 - Dec 4, 2014


Sep 10, 1950 - Unknown
May 14, 1953 - Unknown
Mar 23, 1960 - Unknown


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Robert R. Volkman Sr.,age 88 of Wilmington,Delaware died Saturday,April 7th at home. Bob was a graduate of P.S. DuPont High School,and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1949,and later received his Professional Engineer License. Bob served our country as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps where he was the rank of Captain. After WWII,Bob worked for Wilmington Trust in the Accounting Department,was a designer for Gronenmeyer,then spent 30 years at DuPont in the Design Division working on HVAC and textile fibers projects. His last position was Senior Project Engineer at Louviers. Bob took early retirement March 31,1981. Bob was active in many organizations including,St. Stephen's Lutheran Church,361st Fighter Group, Assoc. of Professional Engineers,and the P-51 Mustang Pilots Association. Bob was predeceased by his parents,Mary Clouser Volkman and Edward Adolf Volkman,and sisters June Gentile and MaryJane Berry. He is survived by his wife Jane Coucill Volkman of Wilmington;son Robert Volkman,Jr. and wife Mary Theresa of Wilmington with daughters Julie and Jackie; daughter Sandy Miller and husband Garry of Lake Harmony,PA with daughter Carey and son Brad;son Gregery Volkman and wife Connie of Williamsburg,VA with daughter Sarah and son Jed. Mr. Volkman is survived by 3 great-grandchildren,Morgan,Liam and Finnegan. A viewing will be held at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home,3924 Concord Pike (Rt. 202, S. of Silverdale Rd.), Wilmington,DE 19803 on Thursday,April 12 beginning at 11:30 A.M. The funeral service will begin at 12:30 P.M. In honor of Bob's distinguished military career,interment will be at the Delaware Veteran's Cemetery,but will be conducted privately. In lieu of flowers,please send donations to St. Stephen's Lutheran Church,1304 N. Rodney St.,Wilmington,DE,19806. To send a condolence to the family please visit [external link] To Plant Memorial Trees in memory,please visit our Sympathy Store.

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In 1924, in the year that Robert Richard Volkman Sr. was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1940, Robert was 16 years old when in July, Billboard published its first Music Popularity Chart. Top recordings of the year were Tommy Dorsey's "I'll Never Smile Again" (vocal Frank Sinatra) - 12 weeks at the top, Bing Crosby's "Only Forever" - 9 weeks at the top, and Artie Shaw's "Frenesi" - 12 weeks at the top.

In 1961, he was 37 years old when on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

In 1978, when he was 54 years old, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

In 1993, by the time he was 69 years old, on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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