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2016 October 12: June Vollmer

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

June Alice (Wills) Vollmer, 94, Bismarck, passed away October 12, 2016.

She was born to Minnie (Couch) and John Will on May 13, 1922 on a ranch outside Sentinel Butte, ND, the fifth of six children. Her parents divorced when she was five and her mother worked in Sentinnel Butte awhile and then moved June and her younger brother to Belle Fourche, SD, then to Lemmon, SD. While attending school, June helped in the hotel/restaurant her mother owned, graduating from Lemmon High School. She was interested in journalism, attended Dickinson State Teachers College one year where she met Fred Vollmer to whom she became engaged, marrying him in Seattle, WA August 15, 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she returned to Lemmon, SD when Fred enlisted in the Navy; from there she moved to Bismarck, ND to have her new baby, being welcomed by Fred’s family, especially sister, Ann, and niece, Darlene Turitto.

June worked at the Pharmacy at Osco Drug in Bismarck, assisted Fred in managing the Plaza Café, worked at Riddle and Ringer Jewelry, opened her own business, J.V.’s Plant Shop, downtown Bismarck, and was a proofreader at the Bismarck Tribune (her favorite job). She held a Real Estate License from 1969 until 1980 and worked at Castle Realty, Robert James Realty and Diamond Realty, Bismarck. Then she assisted Fred in Vollmer Appraisal until her eyesight was affected by the computer work, ending her formal employment in the mid 1990’s.

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