Anson “Bill” W. Voorhees, Jr.
May 11, 1928 - December 20, 2016
Anson W. (Bill) Voorhees, Jr.
May 11, 1928 - December 20, 2016
Bill went with the Lord December 20, 2016. He was born May 11, 1928, to Margaret Wallace Voorhees and Anson Voorhees, Sr. in Des Moines, Iowa. He lived with his parents in Vermillion, SD and then in Easton, PA and moved to Tucson, AZ when he was 1 ½ years old.
Bill graduated from Tucson H.S. in 1945. During high school he became interested in hot rods based on Model A Fords. He built several, and with his friends raced cars in the dry washes around Tucson.
Bill enrolled in the University of Arizona, in Mechanical Engineering. But his love of vehicles persisted and several years later he enrolled in the General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan. He graduated in 1951. He became a GMC Truck Dealer in Prescott, AZ., but later sold the agency when his father became ill and moved back to Tucson in order to help with family business properties.
Bill married Joenne Gibbons and to that union, 7 children were born. During the next, Bill became interested in plastic products and formed a plastic thermoforming plant and produced many thousands of tote boxes for use by firms such as Hughes Aircraft and hospitals. Because of the volume of plastic sheet stock that was needed, Bill’s company merged with a supplier in Denver, CO. Bill and his family moved to Aurora in 1965, where he continued as Production Manager until the business was taken over by the co-owner.
After a divorce and the death of a son, Bill moved to Yampa, CO. with his youngest children in 1975. He sacrificed job opportunities such as the Alaskan Pipe Line, in order to raise his children in a small town environment. In Yampa, he built a large shop and repaired cars; worked on construction crews in Steamboat Springs and did many repair jobs. He was a proud member and Training Offices of the Yampa Volunteer Fire Department. He also continued to restore old cars: 1916 Willy’s Overland; ’29 Model A four door; Model A pickup: and the last one a ’31 Model A Roadster. Always the teacher, he taught his sons “If you understand how it works, you can fix it.” Bill taught all his children the love of the outdoors by taking them camping in the Flattops, along with fishing, hunting and safely shooting firearms. Bill truly loved the outdoors. His hunting camps were epic with many fond memories.
Bill met Cathie Werle in Yampa, who was the Special Education teacher at the Yampa Elementary School. After a year of Square Dancing every week, they were married in 1983 and had 33 years of adventures, from the Flattops to the Florida Keys and continued square dancing.
Bill is predeceased by his parents; son, Peter (3 days old); Bruce (14). He is survived by his wife, Cathie; son, Andy Voorhees; daughter Martha (Karim) Diabate; daughter, Amy (Ken) Faurot; daughter, Peggy Hanson; son, Paul (Paula) Voorhees; stepson Brian (Kim) Werle; stepdaughter, Sharon (Jeff) Sexton; grandchildren: Jessica Faurot; Aaron (Sarah) Faurot; Amelia (Matt) Voorhees Weber; Andy Hannon; Emily Hannon, Kaitlyn Voorhees; Cecilia Voorhees; step grandchildren; Elisa (Darnell) Brock; Jaimee Sexton; Cheick Diabate; Kadiatou Diabate; great grandchildren; Jackson Faurot; Avery Faurot; Marley Hannon; step great grand child; Dianne Brock.
Bill will be missed by all. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held on Sat. July 8, 2017 at South Routt Bible Church. Memorial Donations can be made to The Gideon’s, Box 770858, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 or Samaritan’s Purse: www.samaritanspurse.org.