Walter Peter Voege was born on February 25, 1925, the son of Laura Voege and Peter Voege. He passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa, at the age of 92.
Walt was born at his family’s home in Jackson Township northwest of Westside, Iowa. He grew up in rural Westside.Walt attended primary through 8th grade at country school, Jackson #8. He attended one year of high school in Westside. He then quit school to help his dad on the family farm.
In addition to farming, Walt worked for Malloy Seed Corn Company after high school. He joined the army in August 1945, ten days before Japan surrendered. Walt attended basic training in Little Rock, Arkansas. He spent his 21st birthday pulling guard duty on a ship on the Pacific Ocean. He served in the Army of Occupation in Korea. Walt was discharged in January 1947.
On November 23, 1948, Walt was united in marriage to Myrna Herrig at the United Presbyterian Church in Vail. The Voege’s marriage was blessed with 6 children. Walt and Myrna’s first home was the family farm on which Walt grew up near Westside. After that, they moved to a farm near Wall Lake; then in 1964, bought a farm 5 miles north of Vail. In 1990, Walt and Myrna bought a home in Vail. Walt moved to the Manilla Manor in August 2015.
Walt was a loving, caring, and patient husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather. His wife of 66 years, his children, and grandchildren were the most important part of his life. Walt enjoyed traveling to visit family across the United States, hunting, fishing, playing cards, and going out to eat. When Walt and Myrna retired from farming, they enjoyed trips to Las Vegas and to the casinos in Iowa. A favorite pastime was playing Bingo in the area and socializing with the friends they made there. Walt has been a member of the United Church in Westside for many years where he served as an elder and trustee in his younger years. He is also a member of the American Legion.
Walt was preceded in death by his wife, Myrna; his parents; and his children, Randy and Marilyn, both in infancy. Survivors include: his children: Darrell and his wife, Lori; Karen; Pam and her husband, Ron; Cindy; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Sam; and one sister-in-law, Ruth; many other relatives and friends.