George Wilson Voelker
George Wilson Voelker
  • January 19, 1960 - December 15, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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George Wilson Voelker of New Orleans, LA passed away on December 15, 2017, at the age of 57 from complications following lung transplant surgery. He was born on January 19th, 1960, in Lake Providence, LA to Frank Voelker Jr. and Virginia Wilson Voelker. George attended Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon and Friars fraternities and formed many lifelong friendships. He spent his adult life in New Orleans, LA where he was a successful entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded Rice Voelker, a highly regarded financial services firm, in 1995. George had a unique and unforgettable personality that made an instant and lasting impact on those who knew him. He was an avid outdoorsman - most comfortable in the marshes of South Louisiana or on a golf course anywhere. Some of his favorite places were his fishing camp in Delacroix, the woods in Lake Providence, or any gathering of friends and family where stories, both true and somewhat amplified, were being told. George was also an avid reader of history and fiction – he particularly enjoyed Southern fiction writers such as William Faulkner. He was a generous person, helping those in need in a manner that didn’t expect or even allow recognition.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Voelker, Jr., and Virginia Wilson Voelker and a brother, David Ransdell Voelker. He is survived by his son George W. Voelker, Jr., daughter Margaret (Maggie) D. Voelker and their mother Allison Todd Voelker; his sisters Mullady V. Crigler, Mary V. Clauss, and Katherine V. Mattesky; his brother Frank Voelker III; and numerous nieces and nephews. George was a devoted father who treasured the time he spent with his children George Jr. and Maggie. The Voelker family thanks Dr. Alvarez, Dr. Mallea, Dr. Erasmus, Dr. Narula, Dr. Keller and the entire staff of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL for the kindness, patience and care shown to George during his battle with pulmonary disease. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gabriel House of Care; 4599 Worrall Way; Jacksonville, FL, a home to people having transplants at Mayo Clinic; or to a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 27 from 12:00 to 2:00 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana. A mass will follow the visitation. Following the service, there will be a celebratory reception of George's life.

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