Darlene Mae (Boden) Volker, daughter of Herman John and Rosa Gretja Etta Anna (Hestermann) Boden, was born January 27, 1932 at Sterling, Nebraska. She was baptized January 29, 1932 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sterling by Pastor Degner. She was confirmed January 26, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn, Nebraska by Pastor Dreyer.
Darlene moved with her family to Peru, Nebraska in 1934 where she attended Peru Normal School. In 1945 the family moved to the Nemaha Bottoms and she attended Larkin Country School through the 8th grade and the Nemaha High School, graduating in 1950. Darlene helped her Dad farm using mules and later tractors. She also worked in Auburn.
On February 21, 1954 Darlene was united in marriage to Dean Volker at Trinity Lutheran Church. 1n 1956 Darlene and Dean moved to the Hawxby Farm near Nemaha. They would live there throughout Darlene’s life, being blessed with four children: Darrel, Darla, Duane, and Diane. Throughout the years, in addition to raising her children and running the household, Darlene worked side by side with Dean on the farm using their red equipment.
When she had the time Darlene loved to sew and became a wiz at patching jeans. She was known to wear out a deck of cards by playing solitaire. Darlene also loved to travel to many Rodeos watching the family rope, wrestle steers, and barrel race. Darlene and Dean enjoyed square dancing as well.
As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Darlene played organ for the church and was a member of LWML. She belonged to the Champion Extension Club for many years and was 4-H Leader as her kids grew. She also was a Nebraska Elections Poll Worker for more than 26 years.
Darlene developed Diabetes and battled the complications associated with the disease over the years. In February of 2020 she was admitted to Good Samaritan Society-Auburn. When the family was unable to visit her at Good Sam because of the Covid-19 Pandemic they made the decision to move her home to care for her with the help of Darla and Samantha and Hospice Care. Back at home she enjoyed reading the daily paper, watching game shows on TV, and looking at pictures and other memories of her life.
On Monday, September 21, 2020 Darlene passed away at home with family around her. She had reached the age of 88 years, 7 months, and 25 days and was preceded in death by her parents, Dean’s parents, Orvin and Emma Volker, infant brother Dalen Boden, sisters and brother-in-law Lillian and Leland Bohling, Orva Jean Gobber, brother-in-law Fred Jenkins, nephew Tim Gobber, sisters- and brothers-in-law Mildred and John Kalous, Gladys and Maynard Schneider, Neva and Jim Thies, and brother- and sister-in-law Lloyd and Donna Volker.
Darlene will be forever remembered by her husband Dean; children Darrel Volker of Auburn, Darla and husband Ron Remmers of Olathe, KS, Duane and wife Linda Volker of Auburn, Diane Johnson and special friend Randy Dalby of Nemaha; grandchildren Samantha (Derek) Gaughan, Wade Colgrove, Dustin Volker, Brandon (Lacey) Volker, Clarissa (Justin) Heinsen, Lance Volker, Royce Johnson, Derek (Holly) Volker, Emily Remmers; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Elvera Jenkins of Johnson; brothers Robert (Delta) Boden of Auburn, Marlin Boden of Nemaha, Willard (Janice) Boden of Nemaha; other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn. Burial will follow in Nemaha Cemetery at Nemaha. Following the committal service, there will be a luncheon at the park in Nemaha. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6:00 to 8:00.
Memorials suggested to family choice.