Alvin J. Voorhies
Alvin J. Voorhies, 97, of Rose Hill, Kan. died Monday, April 18, 2016 at Crestview Assisted Living in Wichita, Kan.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Wayne with Rev. Sally Carlson on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Visitation with family present will be at the church beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial with military rites will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorial may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Wayne.
Alvin Jay Voorhies was born Dec. 22, 1918 on the family homestead ranch at Rockypoint, Wyo., to Wilber Raymond and Ruby Ellinor (Rundell) Voorhies. The family moved to Orchard, Neb. in 1928. Alvin graduated from Orchard High School in 1937 and married Marjorie Norma Lingenfelter at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Wayne on Aug. 22, 1941. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in November of 1942 and served as a surgical assistant with the 4th Auxiliary Medical Group during World War II, training in Denver, Colo. and Atlanta, Ga. before going overseas to Europe. His medical group was a self-contained mobile surgical unit and was sent wherever they were needed the most, being attached to fifteen different combat outfits and moving 54 times between D-Day and the end of the war. He was awarded the Bronze Star, five campaign stars and the unit’s meritorious service plaque. Alvin was discharged Nov. 26, 1945.
Following the war, Alvin and Marjorie returned to Orchard and opened a men’s shoe and clothing store. Their daughter, Kathleen Ann, was born July 12, 1948. In 1950 Alvin accepted a position with the First National Bank in Wayne, Neb., being promoted in later years to vice-president of the bank. Wayne would be the family's home until his retirement from the bank in December of 1980. It was on one of Al and Marge’s vacations south that they stopped in Cherokee Village, Arkansas and knew that was where they wanted to live in retirement. They moved to the Village in January of 1981. Al and Marge enjoyed playing cards with friends and dancing to Big Band music. "In the Mood" was their favorite song. Al's hobbies included coin collecting and golfing, pastimes that he continued his whole life. He was lucky enough, and as he said "It was pure luck," to get three holes in one…the first at the Cherokee Village South Course in 2003 at the age of 85, the second at Auburn Hills in Wichita, Kan., in 2004 and another at Cherokee Village North Course in 2008 at the age of 90. He said, "It just goes to show you, if you play long enough, you'll have at least one good game." Alvin served many years as deacon, trustee and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Wayne and later at Spring River Presbyterian Church in their retirement home of Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Al served for many years as treasurer of Lions Club, both in Wayne and in the Village. In 2010, Al moved from Arkansas to Rose Hill, a suburb of Wichita, Kan., to be closer to his family.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathleen (Jack) Manske of Wichita, Kan.; his granddaughter, Alissa Manske; his grandson, Jay Manske; two sisters, Jennie Rauthe and Nelda Morgan of Kalispell, Mont. and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie, in 1999; three brothers, Wilber, Jr., Everett and Marvin "Barney" Voorhies; his sister, Evelyn Longpre; and his sister, Jessie, who died in infancy.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.