JEFFERSON - Bertie Edward Voshell, 90, died Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Born June 6, 1923, he was the only child of Bertie A. and Buena Vista Wood Voshell. A star kicker for his high school football team in Arlington, Iowa, he declined a college scholarship to enlist in the United States Navy in July, 1942.
His military service opened with the Aleutian Island Campaign, followed by 37 months at sea on battleships the USS West Virginia, Tennessee, Idaho, Maryland and Colorado. He took part in every invasion in the Pacific Theatre receiving nine battle stars and attaining the rank of Signalman 2nd Class. Prior to discharge, he served his final months at the Naval Shipyard in San Francisco where he honeymooned with his new bride.
While on leave visiting his parents in August, 1945, Bert met the former Alta Hooper in Montrose, Colo. She was visiting her uncle in the same town. It was love at first sight, and they were married two weeks later in what would be a 57-year marriage until her death in 2003.
An auto mechanic by trade, Mr. Voshell was instrumental in the training of hundreds of young men in the 1960's and 70's studying auto mechanics at what was the North Georgia Technical and Vocational school in Clarkesville. Following his teaching career, he owned a Mac Tools distributorship, where he happily crossed paths with many of his former students. He sold his business and later retired from the City of Commerce in 1996.
Survivors include a daughter, Kay Caputi; grandson, William D. Bending and Becky Bending, all of Commerce; great-grandchildren, Ashley Bending, Carnesville, Richard Bending, Baldwin, and Cheyenne and Blake Bending, Commerce. He is fondly remembered by nieces, Jane Dunson and Margaret Ausburn, Homer, Ann Hooper, Maysville, and Nadine Wardenga, Cleveland; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; a cousin, Marian Carpenter, Lansing, Mich.; cherished friends, William T. Walker, Brenda Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bennett; as well as many residents and staff members at Bentley Assisted Living.
Private graveside services were held. An honor guard detail from The Georgia National Guard Military Honors Program presided over the full military funeral with words of comfort from long-time family friends, the Revs. Henry Webb and Jesse Mealor.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.