George A. Voigt
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Avon, with burial in the First Baptist Cemetery, rural Avon. Visitation will be at the church Monday from 5 to 6 p.m., with the family present. George died Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Human Services Center in Yankton. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
George A. Voigt, son of E.O.F. and Katie (TerVeer) Voigt, was born March 3, 1924 on a farm near Avon, SD. He died peacefully Friday, January 22, 2016 at the age of 91 year, 10 months and 20 days.
George attended Mawhinney Country School where he completed the eighth grade. He returned to the family farm where his eyesight began to diminish before becoming completely blind by his 20’s. George remained on the farm, often with a dog alongside, until he moved to the Tyndall Good Samaritan Society following their house fire in October of 2010.
George was a very gentle and quiet man who rarely left the farm. Family members have always been amazed at his accomplishments despite his lack of sight. George was always adept at fixing things, repairing machinery and even overhauling tractors with some help from brother John. On the farm George raised cattle most of his life, getting most of them to go wherever he needed with a shake of the pail. When hauling bales, George would stack the bales on the flatbed and unload the bales into the hay mound to be re-stacked again almost always perfectly straight. George also built a granary, machine shed and garage. In addition to the farm work, he kept the corn cob stove stocked with corn cobs and firewood, created some of the best coon traps, and planted and maintained an immaculate garden. When he wasn’t outside, you were likely to find George listening to a Twins game or the Radio Bible Hour.
Thankful for having shared his life are brother Vert and his wife Doris of Avon, sister Carrie of the GSS in Tyndall, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Abe and John and wife Luella; four sisters: Clara and husband Peter DeBoer, Johanna and husband Emil Weber, Margaret and husband Russell Hubner, and Esther Voigt; half brother Eldon Voigt; half sister Goldie Lubbers; and niece Delilia Weber.