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Forrest Allen Voelkel

Forrest Allen Voelkel
  • December 1, 1938 - November 16, 2016
  • Corpus Christi, Texas

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Forrest Allen Voelkel, age 77, passed away November 16, 2016. He was born on December 1, 1938, to Agnes Bernice Rohan Voelkel and Whitmore Forrest Voelkel in Yorktown, Texas. He was raised in Nordheim, Texas. He graduated from Runge High School in 1957. He enlisted in the Army and served from 1957-1960. He married his wife, Sondra Voelkel, of 56 years on August 1, 1960. Forrest was currently employed by Del Mar Distributing Co, Inc. as the Data Processing Manager. Over the years he also worked as a Manager at CCAD, a Professor of Computer Science at Del Mar College, and owned & operated Data Support and Program Design, Inc.

While his sons were growing up, Forrest was a dedicated volunteer for Cub Scouts/Boys Scouts of America. He enjoyed being a mentor to his own sons, as well as, the other boys in the pack/troop. He tried to ensure the boys understood the Boy Scouts values of serving God, being trustworthy, helpful, friendly, kind, and obedient. He also served as Cub Scout baseball coach and umpire. He helped with Troop 327 troop through Wesley UMC. He was honored with various awards and certificates from the Boy Scouts of America.

Forrest enjoyed various sports, but softball was his passion. He was a great pitcher and teammate. He played for Wesley United Methodist Church on the city church league with several winning seasons and played along side his two sons, James & Richard, and brother, Franklin. He later went on to play on a co-ed team with is daughter, Rebecca, and later was active with the Senior Softball Association.

Forrest was also an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church by serving on various committees from being Chair of Finance to being a member of Trustees, volunteering for the Pumpkin Patch and Church Workdays and, with great pleasure & dedication, participated in several of Wesley UMC church plays.

Forrest will always be remembered for his "easy going" nature and great personality. He had a wonderful sense of humor and an amazing attitude towards life. He tried to find the positive in every situation. His faith was strong and many admired him.

He is preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Gordon W. Voelkel and granddaughter, Allison N. Hope.

Forrest is survived by: his wife, Sondra Voelkel; sons, James Voelkel and Richard Voelkel (Marisol); daughter, Rebecca Hope (William); grandchildren, Jordan, Megan, Avery, Charlie, Amanda and Forrest; brothers Jimmy Voelkel and Franklin Voelkel; sister, Shirley Audilet; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at Seaside Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 1:00pm at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Valles presiding. Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

Bereavement meal after Interment will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church 3915 Gollihar Road.