Michael Rund and Mary Volk love story ends tragically.....

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Michael Rund and Mary Volk love 
story ends tragically..... - Wmm v Thursday, March 16, 1989 Herald & Review...
Wmm v Thursday, March 16, 1989 Herald & Review Decatur, Illinois I Jj oud pro off tow Victim's fiancee faces sorrow By JEFFREY RAYMOND H&R Mattoon Bureau Chief HUMBOLDT Fate smiled on Mary Volk and Michael Rund when it brought them together. Mary had gone through a divorce less than three weeks earlier when she went to a fund-raising dance in Villa Grove for Michael and his three daughters. s He lost his wife of seven years, Linda, on Dec. 15 to Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer. He was left him with a 6-year-old and twin 4-year-old daughters to raise. But into their personal losses would come promise for the future. Michael later told Mary, who has two children, three good things had happened to him. He said the first was that the state would pay for most of the costs of his wife's medical treatment, and the second was the fund-raisers in Villa Grove brought in another $13,000. Finally, in a letter, he told Mary the rest of his good fortune. "The third best thing that is so great in my life is I met you and I don't ever want to lose you," Mary recalled him writing. Her voice broke as she was overcome by tears. More often, though, she laughed through the sobs at the memories. The couple was engaged on Feb. 24.. They planned a June 1990 wedding. Michael bought her a gold wedding ring that was inlaid with seven diamonds, one for each member of their new family. They had less than two full months together, but Mary said it was "the absolute happiest I've ever been in my life." i It was actually the second time they had met. When Mary was 13 and Michael 14, their parents themselves longtime friends introduced the youngsters. "I had this mad crush on him. I thought he was so neat because he was so shy," Mary recalled. But that boyish shyness kept them from getting together again until 18 years later and neither one wanted to let go. Railroad crossing accidents In Illinois in 1988 (total industry figures, not just Amtrak): 374 total grade crossing accidents (50 fatalities); 27 percent (total accidents) at cross bucks, 33 percent at crossings with just flashers, 39 percent at crossings with gates and flashers. In 1987, there were 356 accidents (32 fatalities), meaning there was a five percent increase in 1988. Nationally, there is an average of 17 grade accidents a day. Michael wrote letters, sent cards and brought presents for Mary's children, including Valentine's candy for her daughter. "He was so good to me. He was so kind and so gentle. He just made me so happy," Mary said, her voice strained with emotion. In turn, she brought him to God. She took him to church the Sunday after their first date and he went with her when she taught her second grade religion class at St. John's Catholic Church in Areola. He even took communion for the first time in 14 years. Relatives from both families gathered Sunday to celebrate the twins' fourth birthday, which actually fell on Monday. It was the first time both families had come together. Mary helped the twins celebrate again in a smaller party Monday. That day, recalled Mary, "He said, 'If I die tomorrow I'll be the happiest man on Earth.' " The next night, after coming over for dinner and to help move a refrigerator back to Mary's sister, Michael's van was hit by an Amtrak train. It killed him and his daughters instantly. Mary cried. "I just can't believe he's gone." 'He was so good to me. He was so kind and so gentle. He just made me so happy Mary Volk, Rund's fiancee 3 M!f - f V 1"! FAMILY PORTRAIT: Jamie Rund, 6, left, poses with her 4-year-old twin sisters Brittany and Natalie, right. Danger well known TUSCOLA (AP) Mike Rund, killed with his three young daughters when he drove his van around a railroad crossing gate Tuesday night, was a former railroad employee who knew well the danger of such action. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department said Rund, 32, drove the van around crossing gates while red lights flashed and into the path of the south-, bound Amtrak train late Tuesday. Coroner Dennis Dietrich said Rund and his daughters twins Brittany and Natalie, 4, and Jamie, 6 were killed instantly. Rund, who distributed soft drinks in the Champaign-Ur-bana area for the 7-Up Kem-merer Bottling Group, previously worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman. "It's kind of strange," said David Bader, a UP manager at Villa Grove. "Crossings are one of those things you always pay a lot of attention to when you work for the railroad."

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