Thomas G. “Tom” Voss, 91, died peacefully Friday, March 6, 2015, at Lutheran Community Home in Seymour.
Born Sept. 21, 1923, in Seymour, he was the son of C. F. Walter Voss and Helen Graham Galbraith Voss, both of whom preceded him in death.
He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. After graduating from Seymour High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Indiana University and later became a certified public accountant.
Tom served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the European Theatre, Asiatic Pacific and Army of Occupation, Japan. He was a life member of American Legion.
Tom was a partner in Voss & Sons Funeral Service from 1946 to 1967 and was appointed to the Indiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors in 1966.
He worked briefly with George S. Olive Co. in Indianapolis before being elected director of Seymour National Bank in 1966 and trust officer of the bank in 1967. He was president of the bank from 1970 to 1986. Tom served as a director of the Louisville branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1973 to 1978; president of the Indiana Bankers Association from 1977 to 1978; and director of the board of American Bankers Association from 1976 to 1979.
Tom was active in community service and received the 1988 Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. He served as a member of the chamber board of directors; president of the board of trustees for the Seymour Public Library Trustees Association; president of the Seymour Aviation Commission; and was an original board member of the Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. He also was a board member of Community Foundation of Jackson County; a member of the Seymour Community Middle School Corp. and the Seymour Economic Development Commission; a board member for Habitat for Humanity; and a volunteer for Jackson County Hospice and the literary program. Tom earned the distinction of being the oldest living member of the Seymour BPO Elks.
Tom will be remembered as a community leader, a loyal friend and a devoted family man. He lived with integrity and purpose. His curiosity led him to travel throughout the world and study many cultures, religions and philosophies. He was a voracious reader and kept up with advances in computer technology. He had an appreciation for art, music and theater. Tom was passionate about golf and played his last game at the age of 88. His family and friends will cherish their memories of this special man who embraced life with passion, gratitude and humility.
Tom is survived by his wife of 13 years, Doris Huber Tormoehlen Voss; a son, Richard (Laurie) Voss; a daughter, Suzanne (Bill) Montgomery; and two stepsons, Mike (Barb) Tormoehlen and Joe (Robin) Tormoehlen; nieces and nephews, Kieffer (Marcia) Voss, Helen Lee Voss Thomas, Jim (Jane) Robertson and Molly Robertson; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom Tom and Doris enjoyed.
Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Rachel Veit Voss; his brother, F. Walter “Bud” Voss; and his sister, Barbara Jean Voss Robertson.
A Celebration of Life service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Voss and Sons Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. A private family burial will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the F.W. Voss and Tom G. Voss Boys and Girls Club Trust, Jackson County Community Foundation or to a charity of choice.