William Voller

November 3, 1927 – January 31, 2023

 

 

Mass of Christian Burial for William “Willie” Voller, 95, of Mobridge, was 10 a.m. Feb. 6, 2023, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mobridge.

Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation was 4 p.m. Feb. 5 with a prayer service that followed at the church. William passed away Jan. 31, 2023, at the Mobridge Regional Hospital.

William Voller was born Nov. 3, 1927 in Strasburg, North Dakota, to Anton and Ottilia (Reis) Voller. He was the seventh of nine children. He grew up on the family fam east of Strasburg. He attended a rural school near their home and graduated from Strasburg High School in 1947. He taught in a rural school and worked on the farm.

William attended one semester at Dakota Business College at Fargo, North Dakota. He then worked for Anti-Tank Co in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 -1952, basic training at Camp Polk, Louisiana. He served eight months in Japan and nine months in Korea. After his discharge, he farmed part time with his brothers and worked for GTA grain elevator in Strasburg.

On Nov. 11, 1957, he married Alvina Mastel from Hague, North Dakota. In 1959, their first child was born, a son, Florian. In 1961, daughter Marlene was born.

In 1962, William and Alvina moved to Firesteel, South Dakota, to manage the grain elevator for Firesteel Grain Corp. In 1970, they moved to Timber Lake, South Dakota, to manage the elevator. William sold the elevator in 1977. He worked for Timber Lake Motors and Dewey County Crop Improvement.

William and Alvina moved to Mobridge, Mobridge, in 1983. He worked various jobs such as construction, repairs, painting, lawn mowing and odd jobs. Numerous people watched him walking around Mobridge, walking several miles every day.

William was a kind, quiet, and generous man. He was very proud of his family. He was a member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge, Eagles and St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors include wife, Alvina; son Florian (Marilyn) Voller; daughter Marlene (Bart) Biegler; grandchildren Lance Voller, Devan (Stacy) Voller, Chad Biegler, Lisa (Curtis) Osburn and Bruce Biegler; step-grandchildren Jason (Jackee) Haak, Darel (Cassie) Haak, Dennis Haak and Becky (Matt) Leier; great-grandchildren Aria, Layla, and Lexi Voller, Tyson, Nolan, Kesley, Paisley, and Hayes Haak, and Presley Leier; and sister-in law Violet Voller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Helen (Syl) Hulm, Margaret (Alois) Baumgartner, Bertha Voller, Tony (Belle) Voller, Artie (Rose) Voller, Hilda (Eddie) Hager, Joe (Cecelia) Voller and Andrew Voller.

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