Richard Kleile Volk
Richard Kleile Volk (Rich Alexander), 58, of Salina, was called to Heaven by our Lord and Savior on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer at the young age of 58. He was surrounded by his family and pastor who prayed together as he took his last breaths. Richard was born in Atchison, Dec. 25, 1958, to Robert G Volk Jr. and Helen M Kleile Volk. He credited his love of life and knowledge to his parents who gave him opportunities to travel and learn.
Richard took great pride in his elementary education at Trinity Lutheran School in Atchison. He graduated from Atchison High School in 1977 and went on to Wichita State University where he stumbled out after several years with a bachelor’s degree in general studies or at least that is what he told his mother. His hobby was simply learning. He was constantly consuming information on history, music, current events, and popular culture. His capacity for remembering the most trivial facts was astounding. His favorite topics were WWII, old Hollywood, classic rock and roll, TV pop culture, airports, and sports stadiums around the U.S. He adored the Andy Griffith Show (the black and white years, best) and could recite much of the dialog from pivotal episodes.
When he was still at WSU he fell in love with radio broadcasting and began his career on the campus radio station. He worked at other stations around Wichita as Rich McKay until moving to Salina, in the mid-’90s where he was on the air as Rich Alexander at KINA and KSKG. In July 1998 he had the great pleasure of joining heritage radio station KSAL-AM 1150 as the morning show host. He took tremendous pride in this position, and as he battled his illness, hoped to return to the air waves. With his distinctive voice he enjoyed sharing personal stories on the air about growing up in Atchison, his travels, and his uncanny ability to meet and recognize celebrities from the movies to sports. He was the king of the segue and took extraordinary amounts of time to craft a morning show that listeners came back for morning after morning. He was a native Kansan who enjoyed his Kansas history and sharing it on his show. He had a sharp wit and sarcasm that kept everyone around him either amused or annoyed.
He was especially proud of his church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and his family. He met his wife Joyce in July of 1998 and they were married in May of 2002. He remained forever devoted to her and they had 19 years of life and love together traveling and enjoying their lake home. They were best friends with a blended family that they nurtured together.
With his usual flare for the realities of life, when he received his cancer diagnosis less than a month ago he shared, “We’re all just kicking the clock down the road. Mine just started ticking in the process.”
Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by: his loving wife, Joyce who truly adored him; his son, Zach Volk of El Dorado; daughter, Sydney Reich of Salina; son, Joshua Reich (Melodie); and grandson, Graham Reich who will miss his Pops.
There will be a visitation from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Sept. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Salina.
Christian memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church. His body was cremated per his wishes and burial will be at a later date in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Atchison.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.