Congregation Mourns Loss Of Crash Victims
by Breanna Fuss, Reporter
February 25, 2013 5:54 PM
As the investigation on a crash that killed four members of a Sioux Falls family continues, those who knew them are continuing to grieve. Jim Vollmer, his wife Julie Vollmer and their two children Alyssa and Caleb are all being described as wonderful people who made everyone smile.
“People were better just being around them. They you are encouraged and that you just found yourself receiving life from them,” said Pastor Kirby Wilcoxson.
There is a saying that goes only the good die young. And it seems as if Jim, Julie, Alyssa and Caleb are examples of just that.
“They lived an ordinary life, extraordinary well,” said Wilcoxson.
Wilcoxson is a pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Sioux Falls where the Vollmer’s attended. He said the congregation is only 250 people, and the Vollmer family was a big part of it.
“They've been a part of the life of the church for a long time,” said Wilcoxson.
He said the Vollmer family were simply just good people.
“Delight,” said Wilcoxson. “They are just such a wonderful family”
He also said the family was always smiling and helping others, always living each day to the fullest. And he said now that the family is gone, the church must come together to be there for their oldest daughter Brittney.
“What it means to be a sophomore in college and lose your parents and lose your siblings. Its a weight no one should have to bear,” Wilcoxson said.
Wilcoxson said the Vollmer family will never be forgotten, and their loss has only just begun to sink in.
“And we have to figure out how to do church without them,” said Wilcoxson. “And how we can come alongside Brittney to be family for her.”