Joseph Anthony Voss (O.D. ’69)

Dr. Joseph A. Voss, Sr.

August 24, 1939-August 8, 2020

Dr. Joseph Anthony Voss Sr., resident of El Reno since 1969, died August 8, 2020, at his home north of El Reno with his wife, children, and grandchildren at his side. A Prayer Service was held Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 11) at Sacred Heart Church in El Reno with The Rev. Lance Warren officiating. Burial will follow at the Kingfisher Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home, El Reno. Joe was born August 24, 1939, at the family home west of Okarche and was raised there on the farm. He attended school at Holy Trinity and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1957. After a few years working at Vieth Brothers in Kingfisher he returned to school and took his pre-optometry courses at El Reno Junior College and Central State University and received his Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Houston in 1969. He practiced optometry in El Reno from 1969 to 1993 when he moved his practice to Oklahoma City with offices in Shepherd Mall, and Heritage Park Mall. He later established Voss Vision Clinic and Optical in Midwest City from which he retired in 2009 after 40 years of 6 days a week practice. He also ran exams at the vision clinics at the Clinton Indian Hospital and Shawnee Indian Hospital. A man of faith, he was a member of Sacred Heart Church. His vision of purchasing property adjoining the church provided grounds for building St. Katharine Drexel Retirement Center at its current location. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lion’s Club, and El Reno Investment Club. Joe was a humble, caring man, who loved to visit with his patients, family, and friends. Anyone who had the opportunity to visit with him would often hear him start a story with “To make a long story short”, which it never was. He was also a generous man willing to help anyone in need. On August 7, 1965, Joe began a 55 year loving commitment when he married Cecelia Reherman at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Kingfisher, Cecelia survives him. He is also survived by their children and their spouses, Elizabeth and Dr Kenneth Raskin of Caledonia, Wisc., Katherine and Joseph Curry of Atchison, Kan., Joseph Voss, Jr. and wife Noelle Craddock of Snohomish, Wash., and ET1 Michael Voss and Melanie Coffey-Voss of San Diego, Calif.; and grandchildren, Theodore Curry, Antonia Curry, Nathaniel Curry, Theresa Curry, Tatum Yule, McKenzie Yule, Zechariah Voss, David Raskin, Alexander Raskin and Adrian Estrada. His parents, Joseph Theodore and Anna Elizabeth (Mueggenborg) Voss, brothers, James Voss and Robert Voss, sister, Loretta Schaefer, and grandson, Jacob Edmund, preceded him in death. Memorials may be made to the Lord’s Harvest, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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