Thomas R. Volker

[ Age 79 ] Typesetter established business with his brother.

December 11, 2007

Thomas R. Volker, a retired typesetter and former longtime Fullerton resident, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 3 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was 79.

Mr. Volker was born in Baltimore and raised on Moreland Avenue. He attended Polytechnic Institute and went to work in the early 1940s as a typesetter for Baltimore Type and Composition Co. on Frederick Street.

After the company closed in the late 1970s, Mr. Volker and his brother established Volker Bros., a typesetting business, in a building behind his Fullerton home. He retired in 1988.

When his daughters were attending Parkville Junior High School and Perry Hall High School, he helped raise money for their bands and even drove a large bass drum to an engagement, family members said.

He also was active with the Hamilton American Legion's White Knights, a junior drum and bugle corps.

He was an avid tenpin bowler and enjoyed square dancing, horseback riding and roller skating.

He was a former member of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fullerton.

Since 1989, Mr. Volker had lived in Ocean City, where he was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and had served on the board of the Montego Bay Civic Association. He was also a member of the Elks Club of Ocean City.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Eileen Megay; two daughters, Donna M. Copenhaver of Bel Air and Patricia L. Houck of Towson; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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