On the morning of Dec. 10, 2013, we lost a great man. Tony Ray Voorhis, 53, passed away at home surrounded by his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
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Tony was born in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 14, 1960, to John and Leena Voorhis. Tony decided to move to Healy after speaking with Judy Colrud on the telephone. Tony spent several years working in Healy where he married his beloved wife of 32 years, Judy. They moved to Anchorage and soon after started their family.
Tony worked as a mechanic for almost 33 years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and working with wood, fishing and raising German shepherds. He loved NASCAR and watching his favorite drivers, the Earnhardts. He was a faithful supporter of the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears, causing him to miss many a Sunday sermon.
Tony was a quiet man with a heart as big as the great outdoors and would help anyone he met who was in need.
He leaves behind his wife, Judy; his children, Chad Voorhis, Trista Wilson and Leena (Jason) Dowell; his grandchildren, Ashton Wilson, Aydin, Owyn and CeilidhAn Dowell. He also leaves behind his brothers, Norman (Helen), Paul (Joan), Earl, Donald, Roger (Lora) Voorhis, a large extended family of sisters-in-laws, brothers-in-laws, many nieces and nephews, and beloved friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents, John and Leena Voorhis; sister, Carolyn Voorhis; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Delbert Mayse; sister-in-law, Lisa Take, and his brother, Charles.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St. There will be a short visitation with family before the service. Following the service, there will be a celebration of life gathering in the fellowship hall.
Arrangements have been made with the help of Legacy Funeral Home and Anchorage Lutheran Church.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 19, 2013