Patrick Voelkel

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Patrick Andrew “Pat” Voelkel, 75, of Belleville, IL, born February 20, 1945, in Belleville, IL, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Alton Memorial Rehabilitation & Therapy, Alton, IL.

Mr. Voelkel worked as a mechanic at Nooter Corporation, St. Louis, MO, and a member of the St. Louis Boilermakers Union before his retirement. He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran and served in the Seabee Reserves for 25 years following his active duty service.  Pat was a Nascar fan and most of all enjoyed working on cars in his home auto and machine shop.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mildred F., nee Florreich, Voelkel; and a brother, Stan Lee Voelkel.

Surviving are three children, Dawn (Alan) Womack of Jerseyville, IL, William (Amy) Voelkel of Worden, IL, and Jason (Jill) Voelkel of Broken Arrow, OK;
ten grandchildren, Samantha (Robert) Merkle, Abigail Womack, Wade Voelkel, Austin Peach, Jocelyn Peach, Brendan Overton, Lane Voelkel, Mackenzie Edwards, Hayden Martin, and Olivia Martin;
two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Penelope;
a sister-in-law, Ona Voelkel of Le Center, MN;
his companion, Sue Mercer of St. Louis, MO;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice of Alton. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Private burial with military honors was held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

Celebration of Life: A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 7, 2021, in the Arbor Room, at the Bel-Air Banquet & Events Center, 200 South Belt West, Belleville, IL, 62220.


11 Comments on Patrick Voelkel

John White said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2021 at 12:22 PM

Pat was my big brother, without question, he was always willing and able to be there for anyone that needed him. The times that we visited him at his home, or when he'd come and stay with us in Iowa or California, were always a pleasure and I will remember those times forever. Rest in peace brother, you've earned it after all of the sacrifices you've made for others over the years.

  • Canton
  • Ohio
Rita Cooke said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2020 at 2:40 PM

David could not have had a better roommate than Patrick. I will miss his smile. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Alton
  • IL
Bob & Linda Jones said : Guest Report Mar 22, 2020 at 3:39 PM

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Jerseyville
  • Illinois
Ona said : Guest Report Mar 21, 2020 at 6:35 PM

Dear Family, I have been trying to send a message to you all!! It has been a very week, I wanted to come and be with you all but with this crisis, I was not able to travel, I send my condolences to each and everyone!!! Your dad was a great guy, we always had a lot if fun together, he will be sadly missed!!! LOVE TO ALL!!! Aunt Ona

  • LeCenter
  • MN
Mary White said : Guest Report Mar 21, 2020 at 1:54 PM

Pat was a great brother-in-law to me when I was a young girl. He found me my first car, he hauled 9 of us to Disney World in a motor home....he did anything you asked of him. He always had a smile! Thoughts and prayers are with you, my niece and nephews.

  • Cedar Rapids
  • Iowa
Sam mike said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2020 at 5:48 PM

Very sorry for your loss

  • east Alton
  • IL
Carolyn said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2020 at 4:29 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts!

  • Orlando
  • Fl
Kaitlin and Michael Leonard said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2020 at 11:32 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss. The Leonard’s

  • MN
Dave L. Johnson said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2020 at 2:33 AM

I am so sorry to hear this news and my Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the Family. Pat's journey has been completed and GOD has kept his promise with him looking down , with a smile. See you again when our journey has been completed and we can be together for eternity in HEAVEN , with no more pain or suffering of this world. GOD BLESS , my friend

  • Jerseyville
  • IL
JoLynn J Bien said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2020 at 9:41 PM

My deepest sympathy to Pat's family. Pat, myself and my brother and sisters grew up in the same neighborhood. He on Anderson Lane and us on corner of Hartman Lane. We attended Whiteside School, including the original 2-room school when Ms. Kohl was our teacher. Pat you can meet up with your best buddies, Kenny Steinberg and Malcolm Malacarne, in heaven God Bless.

  • Illinois
Judy and Bill Dedic said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM

We always enjoyed Pats company. He loved his family. He was so kind and helpful to my parents for which we are always great full. He was a talented mechanic and his service to his country is so appreciated. Love, Bill and Judy

  • Belleville,
  • Illinois

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