Orville W. Voigts

Orville W. Voigts

Orville W. Voigts, 93, of Platteville, died on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Gray’s Nursing Home, Platteville.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Deacon Bill Bussan will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Platteville, where military rites will be accorded. Friends may call from 4:30 -7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, or from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home, Sunday. Memorials may be made to the Orville W. Voigts Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com.

Orville was born on September 6, 1918 in Belmont, Wisconsin, the son of Henry and Emmaline (Frehner) Voigts. He was united in marriage to Catherine M. Udelhoven on January 14, 1948 at Peace Lutheran Church, Belmont. Orville served in the United States Army during WW II from November 6, 1941 to June 19, 1945. He landed in Normandy, France and walked to the march of Berlin. Orville fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He received two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star for his service.

Orville was a lifelong farmer farming most of his life in Platteville Township. He loved the outdoors and the earth. Orville was a lifelong member of the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine of Platteville; two children, Cynthia and Mark Voigts of Platteville; two grandsons, Kalen (Allison) and Jerry; three sisters, Florence (Art) Reese, Viola Grunewald, and Lorita (Vernelle) Klein; sister-in-law, Marian Voigts; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Mabel and two brothers, Harold and Willard.