On Sunday January 31, 2021 (Jerry) Dean Volkenand, husband, father of 2 children passed away at home with family at his side. He was only 61 years old. He was born August 18, 1959 in Escondido, CA to Pete & 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, CA 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, MT where they made their home and started a family. They have 2 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 in Libby and David in Spokane, WA; a sister Vickie (Randy) Parks in San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Jacob, Dominic, Tyler of Troy, MT; Tavin and Fiona Hanson, Libby; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., at the Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby on February 20, 2021. A gathering with refreshments to follow at the Venture Inn, located in the Fjord Room downstairs. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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