After a courageous 20+ year battle with Parkinson’s, Ronald Dalton Vollmar, 72, surrounded by his loving family, died on June 10th, 2021. Ron was born to Herb and Dorothy Vollmar on April 15th, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri but from grade school on, grew up in Carmel, Indiana.
Ron graduated from Carmel high school in 1968 and also attended Ball State College in Muncie, Indiana, at both of which, he excelled in track and field. In Muncie, he began working at 16 mowing grass on the banks of the White River, and over the next 40 years, with hard work and determination, he was able to purchase land and equipment and set up an office, garage, and workshop resulting in the establishment of the Vollmar and Sons Excavating and Wrecking Company. Vollmar Excavating and Wrecking was his life work. It began a long legacy of caring and providing for others, as he always thought of others before himself. It was a place for his children to grow, learn, and carry on his beliefs. Ron enjoyed watching NASCAR, the Indy 500 and the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts. His pastime activities included competitive slalom water-skiing, boating, camping, target shooting, weight lifting, swimming, golf, photography, competing in equestrian horse shows riding on his beloved Champion jumper Bon Fire, eating anything chocolate, and just spending time in the outdoors viewing the wildlife. Other activities included playing bass guitar in a small band, collecting pocket watches and guns, going to equipment auctions, spending time with his sons and grandchildren - especially taking them all to ice cream shops and, talking politics with friends and business contacts at local diners and coffee shops. He also enjoyed driving antique cars especially his 1967 Supercharged Avanti and riding his motorcycles on back roads. During his long battle with Parkinson’s, Ron maintained close contact with his far-flung brothers, sister, and longtime business partner Gary Long. Ron was a very kind, gentle, and considerate man throughout his life who urged there be no tears when he was gone, just good memories, as he is now free of his bonds.
He was predeceased by his parents and survived by his stepmother Lynn Austin of Muncie, Indiana, his siblings Herbert Vollmar Jr of Alexandria, Virginia, David and Teresa Vollmar both of Fishers, Indiana, and Mark Vollmar of Bethesda, Maryland, his sons Jason and Andrew Vollmar both of Wausau, Wisconsin, his two granddaughters Katilynn and Lindsey Vollmar, his three great-grandchildren Kobe Jr., Zaniyah, and Oakley all of Muncie, Indiana, his ex-wife Sue Vollmar, his daughter in laws Jennifer Carr and Jasmine Crofoot, his step-grandchildren Kaitlin, Christopher, Carlos, Kyle and Casey, and his step-great-grandchildren Keanu, Ka’ila, and Kalani of all of Wausau.
A service of remembrance will be held at 2:00 PM, on Wednesday, June 23rd at Helke Funeral Home in Wausau, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
The family would like to thank the staff of Benedictine and Interim Hospice for their care and dedication to Ron.