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Rev. Volney D Lofgreen

November 4, 1923 — September 18, 2020

Rev. Volney D Lofgreen, 96, of Grand Island died peacefully at his home, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.



Memorial services will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island, with the Rev. Lonnie Logan officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 3 - 5 p.m. Thursday prior to the services. Volney requested cremation and will be buried at a later date at Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City Nebraska. Please wear masks and social distance at the service.



Volney was born Nov. 4, 1923, in Norton KS to Burdge and Ada Blanche (Porter) Lofgreen. When he was in eighth grade, the family moved to Beaver City and he graduated from Beaver City High School in 1942. He later graduated from the United States Maritime Service Radio Training Station at Gallups Island, Boston Mass in 1944. He received a BA from the University of Nebraska in 1952 and from the School of Rural Ministry at the University of Missouri in 1957 receiving a BA in Divinity.



During WWII, Volney served in the US Merchant Marine, joining in 1944 and continuing until the end of hostilities in 1946. During his service he was the radio operator on ships in the Pacific and in the Mediterranean.



He married Mary Esther VanCleave on August 24, 1946 in Beaver City. After a year of farming, he returned to the University of Nebraska. During those years had student pastorates in Wann and in Unadilla while attending the University of Nebraska. They then moved to Clarksville MO where Volney served as a student pastor for several churches in Pike County, Annada, Eoli, Paynesville MO, while attending the University of Missouri.



Upon completing his studies in 1957, Volney accepted a call to be the Minister for the First Christian Church in Grand Island and continued until his retirement from full-time ministry in 1977. From then until his final retirement in 2002, Volney served as an interim pastor for many congregations across Nebraska from Purdum to Lincoln, while they called new pastors. One of his favorite endeavors, was his monthly Minister retreats at Johnson Lake for rural Pastors. These get togethers established great fellowship study and support for these pastors.



In Grand Island, Volney was an active member of the Ministerial Association, and the Cosmopolitan Service Club. And he served the community as a member of the Grand Island Public School Board for 14 years.



Volney's faith was intimately tied to his love for and enjoyment of the outdoors. Gods creations continued to inspire him into his 90’s. Nature and the outdoors were his cathedral wherever he was. Nature, whether it be in a field listening to the corn grow, fishing or hunting, or helping the youth from the church discover God's creation while camping, back-packing in the mountains, or canoeing the Platte. Volney was very active in church youth camps in Nebraska.



Survivors include his children; daughter, Lora and husband John Boyer of York and grandsons Paul and Joe, son Eric Lofgreen of Grand Island grand-sons Jeffery and husband Chris Quackenbush, Kevin and wife Pricilla Lofgreen, son David and wife Jan Lofgreen of Grand Island, grandchildren Dan and Elvy Lofgreen, great-grandson Jaxon and great-granddaughter Alondra. Granddaughters Tiffany Ann Lofgreen and granddaughter Amanda, her husband Jon Nielsen, and great- grandchildren Pearl and Conrad. Grandson Andy Bosselman, granddaughter Krisha and husband James Dolton and great-grandson Max. Also left to mourn his passing is his faithful companion Bella.



Volney is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 56 years Mary; brothers Victor and Denzel; sisters-in law Ada Lou (VanCleave) Bishop and Ruth (Sawyer) Lofgreen. Volney was married to Betty Powell of Grand Island from 2006 until her passing in 2012.



Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church of Grand Island, Camp Kaleo, The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation.

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Service Schedule

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family will greet friends

Thursday, September 24, 2020

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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memorial services

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Starts at 5:30 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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