Oshkosh- George D. Voyles, age 86, passed into eternal glory, Tuesday August 14th. He was surrounded by family and caregivers at Bella Vista. George was born in Racine, WI April 3rd, 1932, the son of Helen and Reuben Demlow.
On June 25th, 1955 he married the love of his life, Lyse Frigon. They had four daughters and George became completely devoted to his family. He was a fatherly figure to many kids in the neighborhood, spending time teaching them hunting skills, fixing car engines, or how to skate on the pond.
George worked in the Sheet Metal and HVAC trade his entire career, and recently received a certificate for being a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union for sixty years. He retired from Davis Heating, Inc in June of 1998, and maintained a wonderful friendship with Ken Davis for many years. George and Lyse thoroughly enjoyed their retirement, and travelled across the United States and Canada.
George is survived by his daughters Deborah Voyles (Charles Galipo), and Jolee (Rodney) Cagle; seven grandchildren, Christie (Nathen) Jackowski, Michelle Dougherty, David West, Rome Cagle, Summer (Nathan) Ennis, Nicole Wuerzberger and Kemen Cagle, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lyse, his brother Ray Voyles, sister Norma Scull, and his daughters Renee West and Terese Trick.
George will be remembered for his incredible capacity to love his family and friends, his unique sense of humor and his talent for drawing a crowd when he pulled out his harmonica and played a tune. He had an Irish charm that friends and strangers couldn’t resist, making friends everywhere he went. He will be missed greatly by all who were blessed to have known him.
A Memorial Gathering for George will be held 4-7p.m. on Friday August 17th at Purath Strand Funeral Home, 3915 Douglas Avenue, Racine, WI.