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Dr. James Victor Volk

Dr. James Victor Volk

HENDERSONVILLE – Dr. James Victor Volk of Hendersonville went home to be with the Lord Saturday morning, October 20, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of the late Edwin and Anita Volk. A proud Eagle Scout, Dr. Volk attended Valparaiso University where he met his future wife, Barbara Glennon, on the train from Chicago to northern Indiana. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree. He completed his first two years of pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and his third year of residency at Wake Forest/Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Dr. Volk joined Hendersonville Pediatrics in 1975 where he became a partner and served the community as a caring doctor to thousands of children in Henderson, Polk, Transylvania and the surrounding counties until he retired in 2016. He served as Chief of Pediatrics at both Pardee and Park Ridge Hospitals and worked to establish the area’s first pediatric neonatal intensive care unit.
An active member of the community, Dr. Volk was involved in numerous activities including Four Seasons Rotary Club, Children and Family Resource Center, United Way of Henderson County, French Broad River Foundation, Riverlink, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church.
His dedication to children’s health was not limited to his own community. He served on numerous medical mission trips to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, and Haiti.
In 2016, Dr. Volk was awarded the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, a culmination of a life filled with community service and dedication.
Dr. Volk is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Glennon Volk; his son, Peter and wife, Susan and their sons, Kyle and wife, Helena Harahus, Kraig Harahus, and Cody Harahus; and his daughter, Carrie Powers and husband, Jason. He was a proud and loving Bumpa to Aiden and Zachary Powers and Alexia, Jocelynn, and Cason Harahus. Additional family are his brother, John and wife, Arlene; sister, Janet and their children; and brother-in-law, James Glennon.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made for the Haiti Mission Fund at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, 2606 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792; the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), 801 Seminary Place, Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105; or to a charity of your choice.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.