HUTCHINSON — George Voth, 90, of Hutchinson and formerly of Garden City, died October 2, 2012, in Hutchinson.
He was born July 24, 1922, to Emma (Flickinger) Voth and George Cornelius Voth in McPherson. Mr. Voth grew up in Elyria. After graduating from McPherson High School, he graduated from McPherson College in 1943. He then enlisted in the United States Army, serving in World War II and awarded the Purple Heart upon his honorable discharge. After his return, he did postgraduate studies at the University of Kansas.
On June 8, 1947, he was married to Ruth Marilynn Sandy.
The couple moved to Moundridge, Sylvia, Bloom and eventually Hutchinson, where George became manager of the local co-op elevators. The family later moved to Garden City for 15 years, where George became manager of the Garden City Co-op, while also serving as member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Farmland Industries, Inc, Kansas City. He returned to Hutchinson in 1972 upon being named President and Chief Executive Officer of Far-Mar-Co, a global grain marketing cooperative. In 1979, he was named Senior Consultant, Chief of Party, for various international assignments in Manila, Bangkok and Cairo for the U.S. State Department and Agency for International Development.
In 1953, he was a playing member of the National Championship American Legion Basketball team.
From the beginning, Mr. Voth devoted his career to farmer-owned cooperatives and agri-business. Over the years, he served on numerous business, civic and church boards, most recently as a proud board member for Wesley Towers as Finance Chairman.
Mr. and Mrs. Voth were loyal members of the First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, and the Tri-M Sunday School Class.
He leaves behind family, friends and acquaintances from around the area and the world. He is known to all for his easy grin, friendly handshake and welcoming, good-natured ways. His newly acquired skills at bingo could never surpass his love of a wheezing laugh or watching any and all sports.
He is preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Survivors include four sons: Scott Voth of St. Louis, Mo., Kent and Debbie Voth of Wichita, Todd and Emily Voth of Kansas City, and Ned and Jana Voth of Littleton, Colo., and four grandchildren, Elliott and Jenny of Bangkok, Thailand, Mitchell of New York, N.Y., Hillary of Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Andrea of Chicago.
The family would like to thank the Hester Care staff of Wesley Towers for their ongoing care and dedication in serving both parents over the years.
Memorial services with military honors provided by Fort Riley Honor Guard will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 101 East First Ave., Hutchinson, with Rev. Mark Conard officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., both at Elliott Mortuary. Private burial services for the family will be held at McPherson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wesley Towers Good Samaritan Fund or First United Methodist Church in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Condolences for the family may be given at www.elliottmortuary.com.