MIDDLETON/WAUNAKEE-Richard “Rich” Voss, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from a brief illness. Rich was born on April 27, 1927, in Middleton, the son of George and Grace (Tusler) Voss.
Rich graduated from Middleton High School early to join the Coast Guard during World War II. After he returned from the Coast Guard he graduated from the UW-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Rich re-enlisted as a lieutenant in the Coast Guard during the Korean War and was stationed in Miami where his love for Florida began. He worked in residential construction in the Madison area for many years. Rich owned Voss Construction and in 1970 was proud to be a builder involved with the Parade of Homes. In 1980 he and Monica Bunch bought the Gold Nugget Bar in Waunakee and enjoyed many years together. Rich liked to deep sea fish and play golf and Blackjack. He also took his family on vacations to South Florida and held season tickets for the Badgers and Packers. Every Father’s Day his family took him deep sea fishing and at the age of 86 he went 32 miles off the Florida Keys.
Rich is survived by his special companion, Monica Bunch; children, Robert (JoAnn Smiarowski) Voss of West Palm Beach, Fla., Rodney (Rita) Voss of Waunakee, Kristi (Tom) Duhr of Marshall and Annie Voss of Middleton; grandchildren, Dylan (Coni) Duhr, Bronson Duhr, Lindsay Voss and Joey Voss; great-grandchildren, Skylar Duhr and Austin Duhr; sister, Jean (Vernon) Molbreak, sisters-in-law, Mary Voss and Mary Jo Voss.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Storm Robert Voss; brothers, Willard (Moody) Voss, Robert Voss, Jack Voss and Clifford (Shirley) Voss; and twin brothers, Russell and Raymond Voss.
Funeral services will be held at the GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Avenue, Middleton, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Middleton Junction Cemetery.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and on Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rodney and his family for all the special care they provided to Rich during these last few years.
“Take care of your pennies, the dollar bills will take care of themselves.” Richard Voss. Thanks Dad.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.