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Glassworker was sports booster

Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Bowling Green

Ralph William "Bill" Vollmar, a retired glassworker and avid sports fan whose greatest pleasure was watching his children and grandchildren compete in athletics, died Sunday of a brain aneurysm. He was 58.

Mr. Vollmar had four children and 10 grandchildren living within 31/2 miles of his home and enjoyed attending their many year-round sporting events, including football, baseball, soccer, basketball, track, and volleyball, said his wife, Kay.

"Thatís what he loved to do. He was always there for them," Mrs. Vollmar said.

Born at home near Tontogany, Ohio, Mr. Vollmar graduated from Otsego High School and worked 35 years at the Libbey-Owens-Ford glass plant, where he held a variety of jobs. He thought about retiring after 30 years but enjoyed the work so much, he stayed five more years, Mrs. Vollmar said.

The Vollmars met after high school when the teenagers used to cruise in their cars through the parking lot of a local Big Boy restaurant.

"My friend got a new car, and these nice boys stopped and talked to us," Mrs. Vollmar said. "I was from the big city of Bowling Green, and he was a country boy from Tontogany."

The couple married in 1966 and had three sons and two daughters. Mr. Vollmar coached his childrenís summer league baseball teams for 20 years.

In addition to being a member of the Otsego Athletic Boosters, Mr. Vollmar rooted for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was a big fan of the New York Yankees, his wife said.

He had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis several years ago but had battled the disease and it was not a factor in his death, Mrs. Vollmar said.

Mr. Vollmar was a member of the Grand Rapids Sportsmanís Club and Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.

Survivors include his wife, Kay; sons, Matt, Brad, and Joe; daughter, Jenny Donald; brothers, Merland, John, Jerry, and Kent; sisters, Helen Peterson and Donnabelle Malburg, and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gina.

Visitation will be after 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Peinert Funeral Home in Tontogany, where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The family suggests tributes to the Otsego Athletic Boosters.

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