Merlin August Voss

TOWN OF MIDDLETON-Merlin August Voss, age 94, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

He was born on May 6, 1920, the son of John and Emma (Dahlk) Voss. Merlin married Ali Wheeler on Aug. 17, 1985 at West Middleton Lutheran Church. He was born in the Town of Middleton, and lived there his entire life. Merlin took over the family farm after marrying Eleanor Zwettler in 1943. Together they raised ten children, welcoming many other children to the family over the years.

Merlin also worked as Fieldman for Dane County Holstein Breeders Co-op for 38 years. Merlin had a lifetime passion for sports, playing organized baseball and basketball for years. He coached baseball for many years and youth basketball for six decades. The Speedway Bluebirds Basketball Program remains his legacy. Merlin was a pioneer in coaching girl's basketball. He was an award winning coach, recognized for his many contributions to youth development.

He is survived by his wife, Ali Voss; children, Jim (Sheila) Voss, George Voss, Sue Sprague, Marty (Karen) Voss, Kyle Voss, Jeff (Jan) Voss, Kim Voss, Nick (Julie) Voss, Luanne (Greg) Fax, and Jon (Christine) Voss; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and sister, Anna Mae (James) Simon. Merlin was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Vanita; and brother, Gilman.

Funeral services will be held at WEST MIDDLETON LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3763 Pioneer Rd., Verona, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, with Pastor Ted Lindquist presiding. Burial will be at Middleton Junction Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at the church from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.

For more information and online condolences, please visit

"Keep smiling, Merlin"

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave.
(608) 831-6761

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