Delores Volin


Delores “Peggy” Volin was delivered by her grandmother at home, on June 15, 1931, at Ridgway, Mont. She grew up living in the country in Carter County, Mont.  

She used to talk about riding to school bareback on her horse. She moved  to town in Ekalaka, Mont., to attend high school. She worked for room and board doing domestic chores. She played the drums in her dad’s dance band and kept the beat all her life. At this time she also became a  professional wrestler known as “Rattlesnake” Meade.

She met “Toots” Volin and it was love at first sight. They got married in Ekalaka on March 5, 1949. They resided on the family ranch near Capital, Mont. The couple had five children. She became a hard working ranch wife without indoor plumbing, a wringer washing machine,  ironing and cooking three meals a day. She said, “I am the running water and you kids were the cleanest kids in Carter County.”

In 1962, the family  moved to Rapid City, S.D., where she lived for the next 56 years. In 1968, she went to work for Magnecraft and later Landstrom’s Jewelery as a  controller in the vault until S.D. Gold lured her away to become the controller of their vault.

Peggy loved to dance with Toots, which became their routine every Saturday night after church. They usually had “groupies” wherever they went. She was a true fashionista with an obsession for shoes. She had an angel collection, was an avid reader, enjoyed word search puzzles and reading People magazine.  She loved watching sports and game shows, especially the “Price is Right.”

The last 10 years she wintered in Arizona with her companion, Ray Mello.  Peggy made friends wherever she went and enjoyed life. She was active in her church and was a very devoted Catholic. She could always be counted on for her prayers.

Peggy died peacefully at home March 20, 2019. She was 87.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Toots Volin; daughter, Connie Baertsch; sister, Ione Morgan; brothers, Homer Meade and Frank Meade; father, Bude Meade; mother, Jean Elmore; two grandsons, Scott Baertsch and Jacob Volin; and a dear friend, Ray Mello.

Peggy is survived by daughters, Lynda (Nick) Reed and Dixie Hunsaker; sons, Chuck Volin and Leo Volin; sister, Tammy Meade; sister-in-law, Beverly Meade; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Christian funeral mass was Wednesday, March 27, at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont, S.D. Christian funeral committal followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.