RALPH W. VOORHEESRalph W. Voorhees, 80, Hermantown passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Ralph W. Voorhees, 80, Hermantown passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
He was born Aug. 28, 1932 in Duluth to Ralph W. Sr. and Lois (Johnson) Voorhees.
Ralph was a 1950 graduate of Duluth Central High School where he was active in track. He had been a lifelong resident of the Duluth area.
Ralph was united in marriage in 1952 to Barbara Thimgan. She passed away in 1987. In 1988, he married Donalda (Vickers) Duff. On April 25, they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Ralph was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked for several years at the Duluth Air Force Base. In 1989, after 29 years of service, Ralph retired from Minnesota Power as Supervisor of Production.
He had been an active member of Masonic Lodge No. 349, Shriners International, Scottish Rite, American Legion Post No. 342, and AAD Temple Drum and Bugle Corps. In his early years, he enjoyed bowling, snowmobiling and camping with his family. After retiring, Ralph and Donalda enjoyed traveling in their motor home to various parts of the country and eventually spent winters in Lake Havasu, Arizona. On Sundays, Ralph could always be found watching a NASCAR race.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Barbara; and sister, Joyce Halstenson.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Donalda; his children, Lois Nylen, Nancy (Randy) Cozzi, Marilyn (Mike) Shykes, and Merlyn (Tim) McMann all of Duluth; stepchildren, Cynde (Keith) Johnson and Shari (Tom) Sega all of Hermantown; sister, Barbara Joanne Jones of Monrovia, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 until the 10 am Memorial Service in Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Avenue in Duluth.