Wilbur E. Volz

Friday, January 01, 2016
Scottsdale, Ariz.—Wilbur E. Volz, 91, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Scottsdale Ariz.. Born in Edwardsville Ill., he attended the University of Missouri where he played football under College Football Hall of Fame coach Don Faurot. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force, was shot down in 1944, and fought for a time with the French Resistance.

After the war, he played professional football with the Buffalo Bills for a year before joining the football coaching staff at the University of Denver. He moved to Hanover,N.H. with his family in 1955 and coached football at Dartmouth College under head coach Bob Blackman. In 1971 he became Dartmouth’s Director of Physical Education and Intramural Athletics. A dedicated golfer, he was the men’s champion at the Hanover Country Club in 1971 and 1978. After retirement in 1982, he and Mary spent winters in Florida, but continued to summer in Hanover until 2005 when they moved full-time to Florida. In 2010 they moved to Arizona to be closer to family.

He is survived by his wife Mary, two sisters Evelyn and Betty of Edwardsville Ill., son Drew of Las Vegas Nev., daughter and son-in-law Rita and Steve Baker of Scottsdale Ariz., two grandsons, and three great-grandsons. He is interred in the National Cemetery in Phoenix, Ariz.