Henry ‘Hank’ Volochenko

The funeral was June 27 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead, Minn., for Henry Andrew “Hank” Volochenko, 87, of Moorhead, who died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in his home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

He was born March 7, 1926, to Anton and Pauline (Dassenko) Volochenko, on the family farm south of Kief. He was raised there and started farming at a young age with his family. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as a chef and chauffeur for Armed Forces VIP Brass. Upon his discharge in 1945, he stayed in San Francisco as a metal millwright.

In 1947, he returned to North Dakota and began working as a brakeman for the Great Northern Railroad. He later transferred to Amtrak, where he worked as a conductor until his retirement in 1989.

He was united in marriage to LaDonna Liebe on Dec. 29, 1952, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Harvey. Henry opened Hank’s Builders Supply in 1955 in Minot, moving the company to Moorhead in 1957, where they raised their six children. In 1963, Henry and LaDonna purchased property on Lake Eunice for all their family and friends to enjoy.

Hank enjoyed woodworking and gardening. He was a major collector of merchandise of all kinds. He also loved people and was known for his kind, loving and generous ways. Hank was a member of the American Legion, VFW and Disabled Veterans of America.

He is survived by his wife; children, Steve, of Balfour, Kathy (Dave) Prouty, of Mantorville, Minn., Mary Kay Volochenko, of Moorhead, Ron (Lori) Volochenko, of Lake Wales, Fla., and Paul (Laurie) Volochenko, of Milan, Ill.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Hinsz, of Longville, Minn., and Darlene Annie Olson, Minot; brothers, Walter (Lorraine), of Butte, Richard, of Minot, and Peter (Lorraine), of Balfour; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert; and brothers, Alvin, Nick and Tony.