On Sunday, January 31, 2021, Jerry Dean Volkenand, husband, father of two children, passed away at home with family at his side. He was only 61 years old. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 20, at Schnackenberg Funeral Home, 422 West Second Street.
A gathering with refreshments to follow in the Fjord Room at the Venture Inn, 1015 Ninth Street, Libby.
He was born August 18, 1959, in Escondido, California, to Pete and Betty Volkenand. He traveled around during his childhood due to his father’s service in the United States Navy.
Dean graduated from Libby High School in 1977 and joined the Navy, where he acquired a 1st Class Boiler License in Chicago. He was stationed on the USS Cleveland in the ship’s home port in San Diego, where he served out his enlistment and did a couple of West Pack Tours.
Dean married his love, Faith Martell, in February 1979 and started their life together. They would live in San Diego while Dean was in the States. Dean got out of the Navy in 1981 and they moved back to Libby, where they made their home and started a family. They have two children, Jacob and Tabitha (Richard) Hanson.
Growing up, Dean had a passion for swimming and was on swim teams as a child. Other passions of Dean’s were hunting, fishing, camping or anything outdoors. He really got a thrill out of pulling family and friends behind his boat on a tube or skis.
Dean also loved to just spend time with friends, family and grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his father Pete, mother Betty Pennock, stepfather Al Pennock, father-in-law Forest Martell and brother-in-law Rick Martell.
He is survived by his wife Faith, son Jake, daughter Tabitha (Richard) Hanson, all of Libby, brothers Duane, Libby, and David, Spokane, sister Vickie (Randy) Parks, San Antonio, Texas, grandchildren Jacob, Dominic and Tyler of Troy, and Tavin and Fiona Hanson, Libby, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.