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Joseph F. Voight, 80, of Wausau, passed away at home on Monday, June 30, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Joe was born on January 17, 1934 to the late Percy and Eleanora (Leabel) Voight. Joe met the love of his life, Connie Matanic, while he was in high school. He took her to her Jr. Prom. After finishing a year of college at UW Stevens Point, Joseph went into the Army. While home on leave he asked Connie to be his bride. Connie agreed and they became husband and wife on March 20, 1954. They were married for 60 years.
Joe was a proud member of the United States Army and was active duty during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1955.
Joe was very active in the community. He was a member of the National Color Guard-VFW for 15 years; a member of the VFW Post 388 for 50 years and a member of the honor guard for 37 years. He was on the Board of Directors of the Marathon County Agricultural Society for 18 years and elected president for two years; 1995 and 1996. The Wisconsin Association of Fairs recognized Joe with the high honor of the Hall of Fame Award. Joe was a member of the Marathon County Veterans Services for 17 years and a member of the Plumbers and Fitters Union for over 50 years; spending 18 of those years as an elected official.
Joe was also a proud husband father grandfather and great grandfather. He and Connie spent time after retirement traveling the world; they went to Egypt to see the pyramids on their last trip; filling their passport. Joe enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and became an expert fan of the Milwaukee Brewers during the last few years at home. Joe enjoyed fishing and he was an avid hunter; never missing a season up north at the hunting shack with friends and family in the last 60 years. He also traveled to Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota and British Columbia looking for his next hunting adventure.
Joe is survived by his wife, Connie; son Jody (Julie) Voight, Trevor, WI; daughter, Vicky (Russell) Dee, Coon Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Tammy (Jeremy) Dee, Eagan, MN, Eric (Casi Burrows) Voight, St. Point, WI, and Megan Voight, Trevor, WI; great-granddaughter, Evelyn Voight; sister, Leabel Mack, Loyal, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nora; brother's Percy and Jon and his brother-in-law, Sherrin Mack.
A funeral mass will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 229 S. 28th Ave, Wausau. The Rev. Robert Thorn will officiate. Visitation will take place from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church.
Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to St. Matthew Catholic Church Building Fund, 229 S. 28Th Ave, Wausau.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from July 3 to July 5, 2014