Longtime Mo. congressman Harold Volkmer dies

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - Harold L. Volkmer, a 10-term Democratic congressman from northeast Missouri, has died. He was 80.

The James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Mo., says Volkmer died there Saturday after several bouts of pneumonia.

Volkmer served in the Missouri Legislature before being elected to Congress in 1976. He served on several House committees, including Judiciary and Agriculture, and chaired the Agriculture Subcommittee on Small Farms and Forests.

Sen. Thomas Eagleton nicknamed Volkmer "The Roadrunner" for his tirelessness.

Volkmer's wife, Shirley, died in 1995, and in 1996, he lost his re-election bid to Republican Kenny Hulshof.

Volkmer married Dian Poole Sprenger in 1997 and she survives, along with three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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