Harry W. "Bus" Voorhis, 91 of Monticello, passed away on November 19, 2020 at I.U. Health White Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 20, 1929 in Boone County, to the late Harry W. and Clara D. (VanFossan) Voorhis. He married Elna Jean Caldwell on June 26, 1948. She preceded him in death on July 14, 1998 after 50 years of marriage. On March 20, 1999 in Monticello, he married Patricia A. McClure. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2016.
He was a graduate of Lebanon High School and Indiana College of Mortuary Science.
Harry formerly worked for Russell & Hitch Funeral Home in Lebanon and Thorntown, then on to Monticello where he became co-owner of Miller-Voorhis Funeral Home in 1967 and sole owner in 1986, later to become Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home. Harry served on various committees with the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, serving as District 4 Director. In 1980-81, he was a delegate at the National Convention and alternate on several occasions. He served as a licensed funeral director since 1953.
Harry was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church where he had served as Treasurer and served on several other committees. He was a member of I.O.O.F Lodge #107 where he served in several capacities including cemetery trustee, the Monticello Rotary Club, serving as President from 1988-89, a member of the Tippecanoe Country Club, and former president of the Lions Club in Lebanon 1962-63. In addition, he had been active with the Salvation Army since 1950, served on United Way, the White Co. Election board, the White Co. Airport board and was involved with the Red Cross Blood Bank Committee since 1968. He was also a member of the Monticello Redevelopment Commission after the 1974 tornado and was an instrumental part of the restoration team. In addition, he was elected to the White Co. Council in 1996 for two terms.
Harry had the honor of being awarded the George Armstrong Spencer Award in 1994, Rotarian of the Year in 1996 and the Sagamore of the Wabash from Gov. Frank OBannon in 2001.In addition to serving his community, Harry made a genuine effort to serve and comfort the families that used the funeral home. He was a "Santas helper" for many businesses and organizations for 18 years. Harry was an avid golfer having the achievement of hitting a hole-in-one at both Tippecanoe Country Club in 2001 and most recently at Pine View Golf Course in 2011. He loved to dance, play bridge and enjoyed boating. Above all, he had a great love for his family and friends and enjoyed those times spent together.
Harry is survived by four daughters, Pamela Myers of Oceanside, CA, Brenda Metcalf, Rhonda (Eukie) Stangle, and Angela (Ken) Dyer all of Monticello; stepchildren, Mike (Helen) McClure, Cindy (Doug) Raderstorf, Mark (Kerry) McClure; grandchildren, Chris (Tara) Myers, Carrie Myers, Monica Macias, Kimberly (Chris) Reed, Joe (Bethany) Stangle, Betheny (Bill) Masterson, Kyle (Courtney) Dyer, and Kelsey (Drew) Hampton; and great grandchildren, Amelie, Samantha, Baileigh, Jace, Chloe, Sydney, Jackson, Mackenzie, Aurora, Claira, Braxton, Barrick, Bodie, and Chandler; twelve step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren; And his constant companion, Duchess the cat.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Carl Voorhis, Paul Voorhis, and James Jones; five sisters, Kyra Ough, Margaret Isenhour, Alberta Jones, Paula Stewart, and Martha Ann Voorhis; two sons-in-law; Richard Myers and Russell Metcalf; and stepson, Steve McClure.
Visitation will be from 4 pm until 8pm on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Monticello United Methodist Church Connection Court using entrance B. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a virtual visitation will take place at the church where friends may visit with the family in the most personal way possible. The family wants all attendees to wear a mask.
Friends and family are invited to attend funeral services celebrating Harry's life via live webcast. The live webcast will be made available at 11 am on Saturday, November 28 using the following link: https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1102878
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions be given to Soup for the Soul at the Monticello United Methodist Church, S.O.M.A. benefiting the Riverwalk Project, or to the Monticello Rotary Club for park projects. Envelopes will be available at the church. Donations may be sent directly to the suggested organizations if preferred.
Friends and family are encouraged to share a memory or a message of condolence at www.springerfuneralhome.com