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Jeffrey A. Vollmer, 40

Jeffrey Allen Vollmer, age 40, of Mayer, passed away Tuesday at his home.

He was born Sept. 2, 1977, in Ortonville, the son of Arthur J. and Arlene R. (Hoeke).

A graduate of the Ortonville High School, Jeff had also attended the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

He was employed as a construction journeyman, and had also operated his own business.

Jeff was united in marriage with Emily C. Mason July 15, 2006, at the First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville. This union was blessed with two daughters Anika Faith and Kennedi Hope.

Jeff was an avid muskie fisherman who, if not fishing, was thinking of fishing. He also enjoyed hunting and photography.

Jeff loved to work with wood and had built signs, tables, and a bed set for his daughter.

Always willing to help others, Jeff was an EMT and a captain for the Mayer Fire Department. He was always the first to volunteer aide to another. His nature was to ensure those that had difficulty had the support and resources they needed.

Jeff loved his girls and was the best dad ever. Always with an easy smile, he cherished the time with his family and friends. Jeff worked very hard to provide for his family.

He will be loved and missed by many.

Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Antone and Rose Hoeke, Daniel Vollmer, Ralph and Betty Mason Sr., Violet and BeeBee Magee, and Kenneth Forsyth; and uncles Stan Hoeke, Ronald Hoeke, Bob Allen, and Craig Mason.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Emily, and daughters Anika and Kennedi; parents Art and Arlene Vollmer of Ortonville; sister and brother-in-law Jaclyn and Mike Ekern of Sartell; grandmother Violet Vollmer of Albany, OR; mother-in-law Carol Mason of St. Louis Park; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ralph and Karen Mason of Maple Lake; sister-in-law Jessica Stutzman of Monticello; step brothers Travis May and Christian May; niece and nephews Elijah Ekern, Hunter Stutzman, Cohen Stutzman, Tatum Stutzman, and a soon to arrive niece Sweet Pea; and many aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Saturday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium of Mayer Lutheran High School.

There was visitation Friday, Dec. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Freshwater Community Church in Waconia. Visitation continued Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at Mayer Lutheran High School.

Serving as casket bearers were Zachary Stifter, Thomas Stifter, Anna Boote, Brent Hilk, Todd Johnson, Nathan Hoese, Frank Neudorff and Dennis Clark. The Mayer Fire Department were honorary casket bearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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