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Merlin Thomas Voss

January 14, 1925 July 16, 2009
Merlin Thomas Voss
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Obituary for Merlin Thomas Voss

Worthington, Minnesota
 
     Merlin Thomas Voss, 84, of Worthington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Sanford Regional Hospital in Worthington.
     Born on January 14, 1925 in Bigelow, MN, he was the son of Albert and Gertrude (Kluever) Voss.  He served as a Radarman in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946.  Merlin married Marjorie Anderson on November 30, 1947 in Worthington.
     Merlin was an active businessman in Worthington for over 50 years.  He owned and operated Voss Standard Oil at the corner of Oxford and Humiston from 1953 to 1973.  In 1967, he started Voss Glass Supply on Oxford and, in 1975, he expanded the property into the Voss Mini Mall.
     He is survived by his wife and life partner of 61 years, Marjorie, and his 6 children, Marvin Voss, Worthington, Marlene (Henry) Syverson, Wanamingo, MN, Mardella (Keith) Riemersma, Rochester, MN, Marianne (Daniel) Herrmann, Menomonie, WI, Martin (Renee) Voss, Austin, TX, and Melvin (Lila) Voss, Worthington, MN.  He is also survived by his brother, Donald Voss, Round Lake, MN, 16 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Murphy, an infant sister, and granddaughters Sarah Voss and Jennifer Voss.
     Funeral services with military honors will be held at 2 PM on Monday, July 20, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1505 Dover Street, Worthington, with Rev. Wayne Krohe officiating.  Burial will be held in the Worthington Cemetery.
 
Visitation will be held Sunday evening, July 19, at Benson Funeral Home, 1225 Ryans Road, Worthington from 5 PM to 8 PM and also one hour before the funeral service at the church.
 
The family prefers memorials be made to Hospice Cottage, Inc. Endowment Fund, P.O Box 203, Worthington.

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