Ivan Voeltz

Ivan “Pete” Voeltz, Jr. 92, of Staples, passed away July 4, 2019, at Lakewood Care Center, Staples.

The celebration of life memorial service for Ivan will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 26, at the Thomastown Covenant Church, rural Staples. Visitation will be held Thurs., July 25 at the Verndale Chapel from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., and will resume at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples, MN.

Ivan “Pete” Erick Voeltz was born to Ivan E. and Mata M. (Klindt) Voeltz on June 17, 1927, in Lockhart.  In 1935 the family moved to Verndale. He graduated from Verndale High School. He served in the US Army from 1951-1953. After his discharge he returned to farming. He married Janice Geiger in June 1955.   

Ivan farmed for most of his life on a farm outside of Staples. Outside employment over the years included logging, construction laborer and driving Head Start bus. He and Janice were faithful, active members in their church. He also served as a 4-H leader while their children were in school. Ivan was a Staples FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer in 1974. Hearing what his four children, 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren were up to was always very important to him.

Ivan is survived by one son, Mark of Minto, ND; two daughters, Julie Carlson of Minnetonka and Becky (Bruce) Fuhrman of Staples; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Johnson of Seven Bays, WA; two brothers, Gordon of Muscatine, IA and Manuel (Ruth) of Staples; along with many other family members.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Janice, on April 27, 2018; parents, Ivan Sr. and Mata; one brother, Russell  and one son, Don.

Arrangements with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Wadena, MN (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)

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