Sheldon C. E. Voigt Jr., 73, died peacefully at his home Sunday, May 14, 2023 under the care of St. Croix Hospice.
He was born September 6, 1949 in Merrill, son of the late Sheldon Sr. and Dorothy (Ohlmann) Voigt. On July 25, 1981 he married Karen Hoff at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Wausau.
Sheldon served his country in the United States Army 101st Airborne in Vietnam from June 1969 until May 1970 when he was wounded in action. He was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mar-Lin Post No. 10203 and a lifetime member of the DAV and Vietnam Veterans. In 2019 he was proud to be on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. From 1997 until 2022 he served as a Town of Berlin Supervisor. He was a beloved 4-H leader for the Naugart Knights 4-H Club. Every August he could be found in the barns at the Wisconsin Valley Fair watching his children, and then grandchildren showing animals. He enjoyed time spent in Tomahawk, pontooning, fishing and camping as well as time in New Wood at the hunting shack, “The Swamphole.” Above all he loved being “Papa” to his grandchildren, attending all of their events, and having treats on hand when they visited. He passed on his love of Farmall Tractors to each of them gifting them a Farmall Pedal Tractor for their first Christmas, even though it would be years until they could ride them.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Voigt, Merrill; daughters, Connie (Brian) Nowak, Athens, Amy (Brian) Marquardt, Wausau, Crystal (Dan) Zernicke, Merrill and Jessica (Jacob) Sherry, Onekama, MI; grandchildren, Dawson Nowak, Mariah Marquardt, Emma Nowak, Dylan Marquardt, Sarah Sherry, Leah Sherry, Henry Marquardt, Charles Sherry, Chloe Zernicke, Gabriel Sherry and Hunter Zernicke; siblings, Robert (Karen) Voigt, Wausau, Susan (Lyle) Thurs, Hamburg and Michael (Andrea) Voigt, Merrill; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Wayne Voigt and Richard Voigt.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau. Rev. Timothy Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau and again on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com