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William “Bill” Voigt 1926-2016

November 1, 2016
Emmetsburg News

GRAETTINGER -- Funeral service for William "Bill" Voigt was held Saturday, Oct. 29, at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. Pastor Lana Wil-liams officiated.

Interment was in Valley View Cemetery, Graettinger, with military graveside rites conducted by members of the Graettinger American Legion Post. The Henry-Olson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William (Bill) Voigt was born Oct. 19, 1926 near Lotts Creek, the son of William and Marie (Davis) Voigt. Bill passed away on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at Windsor Manor in Estherville at the age of 90.

Bill went to country grade schools near Lotts Creek and Cylinder, and attended Cylinder High School his freshman year. In 1942 the Voigt family moved to a farm east of Graettinger. Bill continued his education at Graettinger High School and graduated in 1944.

On July 7, 1950 Bill was united in marriage to Ina Mae Luhman. Bill and Ina Mae rented land near Graettinger where they farmed for two years. In 1952 Bill was drafted into the Army. Bill was a sergeant and squad leader in the 45th Division, 79th Battalion and served on the front lines as an infantryman during the Korean War. Upon declaration of an armistice, he returned from Korea and was discharged from the Army in October 1953. Bill and Ina Mae returned to farming west of Graettinger in 1954. In 1965 they bought their home farm east of Graettinger where they made their residence and farmed for the remainder of their working lives. During their marriage they were blessed with three children - Jerilyn, Jacquelyn, and Steven.

Bill was a devoted husband and father and always there for his family. He was a dedicated farmer who worked hard and enjoyed raising cattle. Bill loved fishing, golf, and picnics. He liked planting and taking care of trees and passed his appreciation of nature on to the next generation. He enjoyed immensely the farm pond and cabin that he and Ina Mae built and cared for. Bill and Mae traveled extensively including car and bus trips across the U.S. and annual fishing trips up North. They were supportive of their kids and encouraged them in their music, sports, and education. Bill and Mae enjoyed getting family and good friends together for food, drink, and laughter. His wit and wisdom will be missed by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Bill was a member of the Graettinger United Metho-dist Church where he served in numerous board positions. He was past president of the Graettinger Grain Cooperative and served on the school board for the Graettinger Community School. He was a member of both the American Legion and VFW. Bill played a founding role in helping to start the Hillcrest Golf Course and served as the second Hillcrest board president.

Bill is survived by his daughters Jeri (David) Kitzinger of Spirit Lake, Jackie (George) Underhill of Eagan, MN, and son Steve (Alexandra) of Arlington, VA; grandchildren Jonathan (Sundree) and Justin (Laura) Kitzinger, Anna and Claire Underhill, William, Matthew, and Lillian Voigt; great grandsons Benjamin and Lukas Kitzinger; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Marvis and Richard Duus, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roy and Gerda Luhman, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Bill in death were his wife Ina Mae; parents William and Marie; brothers, Eugene Voigt, and Jim Voigt; and sisters, Mercedes Bierstedt, Pauline Hartung, and Dora Brix.

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