Melvin Harley Voigt

  • Born: October 23, 1922
  • Died: November 11, 2019
  • Location: wells, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

Melvin Harley Voigt, age 97, of Wells, MN died Monday, November 11, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. Visitation will be Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Father Greg Havel will officiate. Interment will be at the St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery, with military honors accorded by the Wells Color Guard.
Melvin Harley was born October 23, 1922 the son of Oscar and Helen (Meyer) Voigt in Swea City, IA. He graduated from Alden High School in 1941 and then went to work at Augst Hardware. He became friends with Margaret Schultz before being called to service during WWII. Melvin joined the U. S. Army and served from December 1942-1946. Melvin was stationed at Burma, and then Holland, where he was a Tank Commander. He went to the Philippines in early 1945, and was engaged in the Battle of Baguio across the island from the Gulf of Manila. Melvin's next orders were to go to Nagasaki, but the following day the war ended. After the service he returned home and Melvin and Margaret rekindled their friendship. They were married May 3, 1948 and to this union eight children were born. Melvin worked at Super Structure in Albert Lea, MN, and had dry cleaning routes for Wells Cleaners and Wandersee Cleaners in Mankato. Melvin and Margaret farmed for many years in the Wells area, teaching their children many invaluable life lessons. After 1973 Melvin and Margaret found time to vacation. During the years they traveled to California, Florida, Virginia, Oregon, Oklahoma, Hawaii and Vienna. Melvin retired in 1983 and the couple moved from the farm to their current home in town.
Melvin is survived by his wife Margaret of Wells; children: Lenore (Tom) Henning of Glen Ellyn, IL, Renee (Paul) Baer of Panama City Beach, FL, Kevin (Cindy) Voigt of Wells, Bryon (Jackie) Voigt of Wells, Mary (Jim) Fuller of Goliad, TX, and Leila (Brett) Jans of Nisswa, MN; grandchildren: Alyssa (Ned) Wetzel-Moore, Jessica Henning, Anne Henning, Cathryn Henning (Chris Regan), Deanna (Chuck) Clemens, Emily ( Mike) Thompson, Brandon (Angie) Voigt, Lane Voigt, Mara Voigt, Jon (Amanda) Fuller, James (Mary London) Fuller, Jared Fuller (Laura McCalla), Allie Jo Voigt (Michael Drager), Steven Voigt, Jenny Rose (Robert) Sichmeller, Jon (Brittany) Voigt, Tom (Ashton) Voigt; great-grandchildren: Oscar and Aaron Wetzel-Moore, Vinny and Audrey Voigt, Gabrielle Voigt, Cora Clemens, Jon Clay Fuller, Helen Fuller, Payton and Blake Sichmeller and Ivan Voigt; one sister Ladonna Seipp of Albert Lea, MN; daughter-in-law: Sue (Britt) Hendrickson of Wells; and son-in-law: Alan (Brenda) Wetzel of St. Paul, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Voigt; daughter Lynn Wetzel; grandson Daniel Voigt; siblings: Hilbert, Mervon, Melva, Marlin and Marvine.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our condolences to the entire Voigt family; what a tribute to Melvin's many life accomplishments with the most notable being his family. We hope the sorrow of his passing is soon eclipsed by many wonderful memories of your time with him. Our best to you all,

Brad and family

Posted by Brad Schultz - Longmont, CO   November 24, 2019

My prayers go out to Margaret and family. As Leila (and Brett) I only met them once but remember them both with great fondness. I wish Margaret the true peace that only Jesus Christ can provide.

Posted by Judy Pierce - Fridley, MN - Friend   November 19, 2019

Heartfelt sympathy to Margaret, Leila, Kevin, Bryan, Renee, Lenore, & Mary. May your family find peace and comfort through Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow.

Posted by Julie Larson - Crosslake, MN - Family Friend   November 17, 2019

I remember bean walking with Tall farmer Melvin and the rest of the kids. I was only part of the work for a short time one summer, but looking back it was Melvin that lead everyone on. He seemed to enjoy the hard work , but it was also the joking and the talks we all had along the path down the field and Melvin smiling , blazing the way. The lunch time was special too, more joking among all those kids all picking on the youngest, sorry Lou and the teasing of Mugs. And Melvin smiling soaking it all in sitting at the end surrounding by his family of hard workers and feeling proud. And oh boy what a meal farmers eat at Lunch. I totally understood how everyone including Melvin could eat a huge plate of meat & potatoes and stay so fit and trim. He will be missed by each and everyone of the Voigt clan. My family will be thinking of all of you. Keep those memories alive as you all come together and sharing in a beautiful man that was loved so much by all of you. Sharie & Ona Ylvisaker

Posted by Sharie Ylvisaker - Punta Gorda, FL - Family Friend   November 12, 2019

Sorry for your loss. You were moms (Marlene) neighbors in town (Wells). Remember seeing you when we would come home to see mom. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Darcy, Tom, Shelby & Spencer Niebuhr - Minneapolis, MN - Acquaintance   November 12, 2019

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