Richard “Dick” Voss

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Richard “Dick” Voss, 98, passed away peacefully among loving family members and caregivers in his home on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

As a lifelong resident of Belleville, IL, Dick attended St. Luke Grade School and Cathedral High School. Dick is a US Navy veteran of World War II and, as an Electrician’s Mate First Class, contributed to the war effort by maintaining generators at several B-29 bases in the Marianas Islands. As Chief Petty Officer, he was called back to service during the Korean Conflict and taught electrical classes while assigned to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Between those assignments, Dick married Emily Glauber and were lovingly together 66 years before her death in 2016.

As a proud 74-year member of IBEW #309, Dick’s career path took him through several companies prior to becoming part of the proud heritage of the G. Heileman (Stag) Brewing Company. His final, sad task as Bottle Shop Superintendent, involved supervising the dismantlement and sale of that equipment. Dick is perhaps best known to the public as the electrical inspector for the City of Belleville, a role he filled from 1958 through 2017. “Rapid Richard” is best known for his ever-present smile, easy laugh, love of life, and eagerness to help and mentor others.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Edna, nee Rampenthal, Voss; three brothers, Harry, Paul and James; and two sisters, Mary Louise Dunlap and Ruth McHugh.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Carol Voss of Grand Bay, AL; a grandson, Bryan Voss of Milwaukee, WI; sisters-in-law, Betty (Jim), Betty (Paul), Marian Glauber, Mary Glauber, many nieces and nephews and a multitude of neighbors and friends.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Mary Pop-Ins (home care providers) and Heartland Hospice Care for their unending care and kindness.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Luke Catholic Church, or to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 20, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Masks are required.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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15 Comments on Richard “Dick” Voss

Carrol Woods said : Guest Report Dec 27, 2021 at 10:26 AM

We knew Dick through Jim and Betty Voss, our neighbors and very good friends. Sincere condolences to all of Dick’s family. We suffered our own loss this December, and you are in our thoughts.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jan Glauber Salvato and Steve Salvato said : Guest Report Dec 26, 2021 at 11:09 AM

Dick was the most fun loving person, giving and big heart. My deepest condolences to Mark and Carol and extended family

  • Greer
  • SC
Paul Czerniejewski said : Guest Report Dec 23, 2021 at 4:55 PM

An old neighbor and friend of our family for many years growing up. R.I.P. Mr Voss

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Linda shipton said : Guest Report Dec 23, 2021 at 3:07 PM

To the entire family, my deepest sympathy. I LOVED Richard! I had the chance to work with him 18 yrs. He was a hoot and will be missed. I raise my glass of stag to you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Frank Rogg Jr. said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2021 at 12:26 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Voss Family. I had known Richard during my High School years from hanging out with his son and my good friend Mark. He was truly an Honorable man, a Loving Father and Husband. He will be dearly missed by his Family and Friends. May God comfort all of you in your time of need. Sincerely.

  • GODFREY
  • IL
Becky and Murray McGrady & Family said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2021 at 7:23 AM

We pray that Dick’s family is comforted by their many happy memories of him during this sad and difficult time. We were blessed to know him these past few years and his presence is deeply missed.

  • swansea
  • IL
Mary Ann “ Mary PopIns” Wilson said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2021 at 10:36 PM

From gathering dropped coal on the train tracks, to buying a packaged at 14… he fought wars, and (electric) wired the world for all we know! He made one of a kind jewelry that a 4 star general’s wife wore, he loved everyone he met, and if he didn’t like them, he still loved them. The smiles that could carry you a mile in warmth… the admiration he had for Ms. Emily.. the pride in Mark.. the appreciation of Carol and glory in Brian. He wore that Voss crown “ like a boss!! I know you rest now, but when I see you again riding up on that Hettenhausen bike.. you’ll STILL be telling stories I’m sure!!! Until then dear “ sir” I salute you, for who you were, what you stood for, and that unrelenting fight until the very end. I want to grow up to be just like you! The pleasure was truly mine to have known you!

  • Brlleville
  • Illinous
Barbara and Stan Heine said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2021 at 8:28 PM

Mark, Barbara and I are sorry to hear about your Dad. Rest assured the Lord has a place for your Dad in the Heavens above. Sincerely and God Bless to you and to the Voss family. Barbara and Stan

  • Grand Bay
  • Alabama
Gary Halasey said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2021 at 8:06 PM

What a wonderful man Dick was… A GREAT man with the BIGGEST heart! I am so thankful I was able to really get to know Dick in the last couple of years.. I am truly honored and blessed. He will be dearly missed!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Eric GERFEN said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2021 at 6:31 PM

I was very fortunate to be able to work with him at Stag . Lots of fond memories of the time working for Dick.My dad also worked with him ,no finer person to be able to know.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Linda & Deacon Billy Graham said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2021 at 12:22 PM

We only knew Richard for a short time but we fell in love with him. we pray for Mark & Carol in this time of loss and also for your safe return to your family at St. Johns'.

  • Grand Bay
  • AL
Jim and Tina Sonsoucie said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2021 at 5:22 PM

You enriched our lives in so many ways, too many to count. It was a privilege knowing you and all your tremendous stories. You were a true gentleman and and had such high morals/values as we all should have. Thank you for the memories! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sondra said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2021 at 3:31 PM

Helping to care for Richard was an honor and privilege. He was a wonderful storyteller and I will always remember him fondly. My sincere condolences to all who loved Mr. Voss.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Catherine (Glauber) Ambrose said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2021 at 8:54 AM

May he rest in peace with Aunt Emily. Certainly a life well-lived and a wonderful role model to those of us who knew him. Cathie (Glauber) Ambrose and family

  • Houston
  • TX
Steve & Lynn Glauber said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2021 at 2:24 PM

Well done, thou good and faithful servant; may you rest in eternal peace, Uncle Dick. With all our love, Steve & Lynn Glauber & family

  • Hillsboro
  • MO

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