James Volkmar

James Louis Volkmar, 73, of College Station, passed away Monday August 14, 2017. His life will be celebrated during a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. Cremation services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers of Bryan College Station.

James was born January 19, 1944, in San Mateo, California, to John and Dortha Volkmar. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Missouri, Class of 1968. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. James always loved taking care of his horses and going horseback riding when he had the chance.

James was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps which he retired from after 21 years of service, including two tours in Vietnam. James was commanding officer in the northern training area in Okinawa, Japan, commanding officer of the second recon battalion, and commanding officer of the Eastern and Western European Embassy Guards. James was also a Purple Heart Recipient.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Louis Volkmar.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Janice Yates Volkmar of College Station; sons, David “DJ” Volkmar and wife Krista, of Plano; John Volkmar and wife Katie, of Boulder, CO; daughters, Jamie Volkmar of Euless, TX, Jennifer Volkmar of Charleston, SC, Jocelyn Volkmar of College Station, Jillian Volkmar of College Station; mother, Dortha Volkmar; brothers, Ron Volkmar of Bastrop, TX, Larry Volkmar, of Highland, Illinois; grandchildren, Julia Volkmar, Penelope Volkmar, Scarlett Volkmar, Heidi Volkmar, Pepper Rust, Elliott Volkmar.


  1. As John Donne observed and Hemingway reminded us, every man is a piece of the continent, and we are all diminished whether a clod be washed away, or a promontory. Jim was a promontory.

    It was my privilege to grow up with Jim, to serve with him, and to know him for a lifetime.

    Semper Fi.

  2. It is a thread of courage, brotherhood and fraternity that ties Jim to all fellow Marines especially BC1-69. May he be greeted in Heaven by all those Marines who gave their lives for my freedom. Jim is a hero. Always associate his name with that most valuable word HERO. Luis Villalobos 2nd Bn 26th Marines/2Bn 5th Marines

  3. To Janice and family,
    As a fellow Marine and member of the 5th Platoon at Basic School my sincere condolences for the passing of Jim. As Marines we have a special bond that is with us through life so please know you have my heartfelt sympathy. Jim was successful both as a family man and as a career Marine. As President Reagan said “Marines don’t have that problem wondering if they’ve made a difference.”
    May God Bless you as you grieve his loss, celebrate his life and keep him alive in your memories forever.
    Best wishes and
    Semper Fidelis

    Ron Stevenson –
    Seal Beach, California

  4. Jim was a true friend and a Marine’s Marine. It was my privilege to have served with him and benefit from his common-sense approach to life. Smooth sailing, Jim.

  5. Janice. On behalf of the Marines at 2nd Force Recon Association, please accept our heartfelt sadness at the passing of your husband, Marine. We all have fond memories of his leadership while the Executive Officer at 2nd Force Recon in the late 1970s. He is already missed.
    Semper Fidelis,
    Phil Smith
    2nd Force Recon Association

  6. Janice, Please accept my deepest condolences on Jim’s passing. Jim always lived his life like a Marine with honor and in defense of everyone he knew. It was the honor of my life to know him and to work with him. I will always remember our time we worked together at Asante as the best in my life.

    I will miss him..

    Semper Fi.

  7. RIP Sir . It was an honor serving with you at 2nd Force Recon Company . We first met at the NTA , you and your staff trained my team and I well. I have regrets we never got back together to review and laugh about our infamous parachute jump back in the day at 2nd Force. Semper Fi .

  8. So very sorry to have received the notice of Jim’s passing this morning. Am thankful for our opportunity to visit during the reunion in May, our facebook exchanges, and the weekly phonecons the past few weeks. Will miss Jim very much! S/F

  9. We send our deepest sympathy on your loss. We were shocked to learn of Jim’s passing. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Wishing You Peace and Comfort!
    Semper Fi
    From Your Radio Man in Vietnam

  10. Jim was one of my most esteemed friends. I will miss him very much. I so wish I could have made the trip to his remembrance. My condolence to all his family. LeRoy Walser, Norman, Oklahoma.

  11. Janice and family, please accept my sincerest condolences and sympathy on Jim’s passing. He was a fine man, a good friend and a great American.

  12. The best example of Marine Leadership, both you and Howard Lovingood. Thanks for the greatest of images to emulate!
    We will miss you greatly, but cherish the fondest of memories and best of leadership to continue to follow.
    Joseph Crockett

  13. My wife Jackie and I send our deepest condolences and our prayers to Janice and the entire family of this wonderful human being and just plain OUTSTANDING Marine. I remember so vividly many things about Jim, including his gusto and enthusiasm for all undertakings, his great enjoyment of others and his unselfishness in all regards. What a sense of humor and a joy to be around, insuring never a dull moment in Jim’s presence. Jim knew early on that people are everything and he exhibited that in every facet of his behavior and his actions. A great Captain of history once said, ” better never to have lived, than to exist and pass without leaving a trace”. Jim, surely did not have that problem. What a leader! We shall all miss him. Until we meet again!
    God Bless Each & Every Member of the Volkmar Family,
    Joe Wadle

  14. Sorry it took so many year to try to contact, you, I served with Lt. Volkmar in second recon. and he encouraged me to go to University. Although I lost contact with him, while attending University, he was always in my thoughts and prayers. I still have the plaque that he made for me.
    Sgt. David P. Cherry

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