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Clarence Volkert, 89

Clarence Volkert, age 89 of Northfield, passed away Friday, May 23, at the Northfield Hospital. Funeral Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Northfield, with burial at the Northfield Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield, and at the church on Saturday 1 hour prior to services.

Clarence Theodore Victor Volkert was born on May 13, 1925, the fifth child to Herbert and Minnie (Bremer) Volkert in the farming community of Rich Valley, located in Dakota County between Rosemount and Hastings. There he was raised on the family farm alongside his three brothers and three sisters. Clarence attended District 88 and Parochial School as a child. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Johns Rich Valley. He attended Rosemount High School, during which time he played football, basketball and baseball.

In 1942, during the war, the family farm was acquired by eminent domain for construction of the Gopher Ordnance Works Ammunition Plant. The family relocated in Waterford Township, NE of Northfield. Following the move, Clarence attended school in Randolph for 2 weeks, after which he chose to stay home and work on the family farm.

On Sept. 14, 1946, Clarence married the love of his life, Alma Mae Hohrman, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Northfield. Both farmers, they remained in rural Northfield, settling onto their family farm. Here they raised their three daughters and two sons. He taught his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to "Aim High and Hit the Mark" in everything they did. He lived by this motto, instilling it into his family pride and self confidence.

In August of 2000, Clarence lost his wife of nearly 55 years to cancer. Clarence remained in their home until 2012, when he moved to Three Links Care Center.

Clarence is survived by daughters, Sharon (Gordon) Broske of Northfield, Lillian Broske of Northfied, Jane (Mel) Bruns of Mason City, Iowa; sons, Victor and Pete (Charleen) Volkert both of Northfield; brother, Ferdinand (June) Volkert of Randolph; sister, Adeline (Bud) Carlson of Marcell; sister-in-law, Florence Volkert of Dennison; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Minnie (Bremer) Volkert; wife, Alma; brothers, Herbert (Edna) and Johnny; sisters, Bernice (Norman) Spomer and Hildegard (Garald) Gramsey; and son-in-law, Ray Broske.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.