In Memory


Richard Voss

Richard Voss


Richard Voss, 71, of Lewistown, formerly of Macomb, passed away at 4:19 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Prairie View Health Care Center in Lewistown.

He was born on February 26, 1943 in San Diego, California to Dale Voss, Jr. and Dorothy J. Ebel.

He is survived by two brothers, Dale (Lindy) Voss of North Sioux City, South Dakota and Stanley Voss of Sioux City, Iowa; one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rick lived in Dakota County and graduated from South Sioux City High School. He received his Master’s degree in Business and a Law degree from University of Nebraska. He began his teaching career at Fort Hays State. He came to Western Illinois University in 1969 and taught there until his retirement in 1998. 

He loved to play golf, bowling and quail and pheasant hunting. He enjoyed organizing both bowling and golf tournaments in Macomb. He put several hunting trips together with family and friends in South Dakota. He was a dedicated duplicate bridge player.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29,2015 at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Memorials may be made to the W.I.U. Golf Team.

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01/22/15 12:11 PM #4    

Rita Boughn (Aylstock)

Rick and I grew up together at Crystal Lake. I am sorry to hear of his passing.


01/22/15 05:15 PM #5    

James Varvais

Richard was a very good friend of mine and we had a lot of great times at the lake,and with his airplane he had from his dad and fishing..and we worked on his old Rolls Royce at lobdells station.    a very niece man..

01/23/15 12:55 AM #6    

Karen Burgess (Kohn)

I enjoyed running around with Rick during high school days. Valda and I nicknamed him "Ricky Ticky" for some reasons that I have long forgotten, maybe he liked going to Tick's for lunch.  The three of us enjoyed driving the one ways in Sioux City with stopd at drive-in burger place, of course, Rick loved his food!  He was fun to be with. It is sad to hear of his passing.  RIP.  Karen

01/23/15 08:56 AM #7    

Mary Boyle (Hansen)

I am saddened to hear of the passing of another classmate.  He touched many lives and will be missed.  He was very nice to me during our time together at SSC.  May he rest in peace.    Mary Hansen

01/23/15 10:22 AM #8    

Claryce Ray (Welch)

I was very saddened to hear of Rick's death. I knew him not only as a classmate but I knew him as part of the Voss family--his mother and father, Dorothy and June and him and his brothers, Spook and Corky. I worked for his mother, Dorothy, while I was in high school. Many fun times out at the lake and in their home. RIP Rick!

01/23/15 01:59 PM #9    

Gary Fegley

I had a duck blind on the lake with Al Holgate, and Rick would often join us. He was a very friendly guy and obviously very intelligent as well - certainly more than the two idiots he was hunting with! He was a good guy and he will be missed. RIP Rick. Gary Fegley

02/04/15 09:42 PM #10    

Jerry Gunsolley


I first met Rick in 7th grade, he sat behind me in home room. I stil remember lturning around to talk to him and he was  reading a novel in class.a practice that would stay with Rick forever. The one that I first remember was The Mouse That Roared. We remained good friends both through High School and College. We were both members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity in Lincoln, as were Gary Bartels, Leroy Orton, Gene Conway Dave James, and Bud Stull. Rick's older brother Spook, was a Kappa Sig when we went to lincoln and that ultimately led all us fom So. Sioux  to that Fraternity, Rick had the greatest mental capacity of anyone I ever met. We roomed together while I went to Grad school and Rick was in law school.Rick started law school as a senior in college. It seemed Rick would never crack a book, golfed constantly,, and read novels, yet when finals came around he would study for several days, and fly through. I think he could remember everything orally taught, seldom needed to study, and had unbelievable analytical ability. In recent years when Rick came back to So. Sioux we would always get together, it seems a shame and a waste that he is gone. He finished out his life in a nursing home, as Spook said, " a waste of a great mind". It is a sad reminder that none of us will get out alive, we should count each day of life and health as a blessing, cherish each one, and hope our minds remain clear and hold the memories dear. Rick RIP

02/05/15 12:26 PM #11    

DelRae Beermann

Rick was a special person. Each of us have a time that Rick effected our lives. Jerry you made a good comment about enjoy each day we have and the many friends we have. 

02/05/15 10:40 PM #12    

Diane Armour (Bartels)

This afternoon Lee (Leroy) Orton and I met to continue our planning for our 55th class reunion this summer. We talked about Rick and how the deaths of each of our classmates bring thoughts of our own mortality to the forefront.

I don't have any memories of Rick from high school because I was a girl from the country who really didn't know him or most of you.  But, what I do remember is his presence at our 50th class reunion and how he dealt with his Parkinson's so courageously.  That, I will not forget.


02/06/15 08:30 PM #13    

Donald Speulda

He touched many lives and will be missed.  He was a very good person and always willing to help any/everyone. RIP Rick

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