Vernon George Voss, 84, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister June (Ben) Diephuis, and 2 brothers, Harold and Ken. He is survived by Priscilla, his wife of 65 years, and daughters Jill Voss and Jackie (Jay) Lansing, and sons Jeff and Jon.
Vernon Voss was born at home in Fulton, Illinois, on January 13, 1937, to George and Grace Kopenga Voss. Vern graduated from Fulton High School in 1955. Vern married Priscilla Smith on November 25, 1955, and they began farming together in Garden Plain, Illinois. He farmed for over 40 years in Whiteside and Carroll counties, and was well-known for his prime beef cattle. Once they were of age, Vern farmed with his sons, Jeff and Jon. He also has 2 daughters, Jill and Jackie.
In addition to farming, Vern made many contributions to his church and community. As a boy, he played taps on his coronet for local Military funerals. He was very active in music ministry at First Reformed Church in Fulton, where for many years, he sang bass in a Men’s Quartet, as well as sang in the Choir. He also served as Treasurer of the Church. In Lanark, Vern served 2 terms on the Lanark School Board, and was President of the Board during his second term. He was proud to be able to hand out diplomas to his daughter Jill’s graduation class of 1974. He was also an active member of the Lanark Lions Club.
After retiring from farming in 1996, Vern and Priscila built a new home and settled in Morrison. They also began spending winters in Texas, as “Winter Texans”, first in their own Winnebago RV, and later, in their own mobile home. After 20 years, Vern could no longer make the trips back to Illinois, and Texas became their home. 2 months before his death, they had moved into an assisted living facility in Pharr, TX. Vern passed away on May 26, 2021.
A memorial service will be held on June 2 at 7:00 pm at the The Gardens at Brook Ridge Assisted Living facility in Pharr, Tx.
Funeral Services are under the direction of Legacy Chapels in Edinburg.
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