Vollmar, Lewis C
Date: Memorial Gathering: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Mahn Twin City Chapel, 515 Collins, Festus, Missouri 63028
Date: Memorial Service: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Mahn Twin City Chapel
Memorials may be made to Serenity Hospice or Humane Society of Missouri
On Thursday, January 3, 2019, Lewis C. Vollmar passed away at the age of 94. Lewis was born in 1924 in St. Louis to Joseph E. and Rhea V. (Lewis) Vollmar. He received his engineering degree from Washington University in 1946. That same year he married Olive Cecil Sears to whom he remained married for 67 years until her death in 2013. Together they raised four children: Linda Anne, Lewis C. Jr., Scott Sears, and Victoria Marie.
Also in 1946, Lewis and his brother, Joseph E. Vollmar, Jr., founded the Vollmar Brothers Construction Company which specialized in industrial, commercial, and river construction projects. The business was located at the foot of Victor Street in St. Louis and then later at 711 North Grand across from the St. Louis Symphony Hall. Vollmar Brothers Construction Company, of which Lewis was Vice President and Treasurer, was involved in many noteworthy construction projects including Six Flags Over Mid-America.
Lewis was a member of various clubs and organizations including the Kiwanis Club, Engineers Club of St. Louis, Missouri Athletic Club, Washington University Club, Propeller Club, and the Ste. Genevieve Missouri Society for Preservation. In 1945 he acquired an aircraft pilot license, and in 1951 he acquired an amateur radio license and was actively on the air as W0GPF. In 1967 he constructed a sailplane in his basement which he and his children flew regularly. And he had many additional interests which he shared readily with his family.
Lewis lived with his family in University City and then Frontenac, Missouri. In 1975 he moved with his wife onto a farm near Bloomsdale, Missouri in Ste. Genevieve County.
Lewis was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph, his wife, Olive, and his son Scott. He is survived by three children, Linda, Lewis, and Victoria, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and cousins.
Visitation will occur at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 at the Mahn Funeral Home, 515 Collins Drive, Festus, Missouri. This will be followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers it is asked that you donate to Serenity HospiceCare or an animal shelter of your choice.