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John F. "Johnny" Voos


1916 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
John F. "Johnny" Voos Obituary
JOHN "JOHNNY" F. VOOS John Fred Voos, 97, passed away on August 29th, 2013 after a short illness. Johnny was the son of Adam and Matilda Voos, and loving father to Linda Bell. John was born on January 18, 1916, in Naper, Nebraska. He was one of 13 children. The family moved to Gregory, South Dakota where they farmed until the drought and dust storms forced them to sell. Johnny headed for California to join family living in Sacramento. Here he started working for Safeway and eventually ended up working in the Oroville store. While working one day he met a lovely, young lady named Catherine "Katie" Dealey and he kind of fell for her. Shortly after, in 1941 John was drafted into the army. He was sent to Australia and then to New Guinea in the 41st infantry division. John was a messenger in New Guinea and was awarded the Bronze Star plus 2 Gold Oak Leaf Clusters. Before he was discharged he went through all of the South Pacific Islands and ended up in the Philippines. Upon his discharge in 1945 he married Katie on May 8, 1945. In August the following year daughter Linda was born. Returning to Oroville John went to work for the Shell Oil Company owning John Voos Shell Service for 17 years. He then went to work for Currier Bros. Market and Raleys, working for 16 years and retiring in 1979. Johnny loved golfing and fishing from the shore and from his patio boat. He and Katie spent many happy hours on Lake Oroville. They traveled to many states in their motor home. They also took trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada. John and Katie spent many special times in Crockett, Ca with their daughter Linda and son-in-law Larry Bell. John was never one to sit around. He exercised daily, loved to putter in his yard, tend to his flowers and help his neighbors. He was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church and proud of the fact he helped build the church in its present location. John took an active part in the Lyons Club for many years. Being from a very large family, family reunions were a special event. Some-times two sections of the park had to be rented in Elk Grove just to have enough room. Lots of love and laughter. John and Katie loved music and to dance. Nat King Cole and the big bands kept their record player spinning and Lawrence Welk was on the t.v. every Saturday night. John and Katie moved to Prestige Assisted Living in 2009 and were very happy, making many new friends. They celebrated 68 years of marraige in May. Katie passed away on June 9, 2013. John is survived by his daughter Linda Bell; sister Ruth and many Nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Katie; son-in-law Larry Bell; parents Adam and Matilda; sisters, Lillian, Clara, Kay, Elma, Freda, Anna and Donna; brothers, Ruben, Walter, Henry, and William. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Sept 6, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. at Memorial Park, 4656 Lincoln Blvd, Oroville. Scheer Memorial Chapel is handling arrange-ments.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Sept. 4, 2013
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