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Calvin 'Cal' Voigt

 

Calvin H. "Cal" Voigt, 91, passed away May 23,2018, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.

Cal was born September 22, 1926, on a farm near Avon, S. D. to parents Herbert and Florence (Bochman) Voigt. Following high school graduation he joined the Marine Corps. While on leave from Boot Camp he returned to Avon to marry the love of his life, Verda Mae Weidenbach. Following his discharge they returned to Avon.

In 1958, Cal and his family moved to Thermopolis where he accepted a position with KWRB television and KRTR radio where he was program director and broadcaster for many years. During his career there he broadcast over 800 sporting events. In 1970 he was selected as the High School Sports' Booster of the Year. In 1997 he was given a lifetime pass to all interscholastic events by the Wyoming High School Activities Association. In 2009 he was named one of the inaugural members of the Hot Springs County High School Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1973, following the sale of the television and radio station, Cal started his career at Coast-to-Coast hardware (now Thermopolis Hardware). In 1992, Cal retired to help care for his wife Verda and to answer the call to officiate at funerals for the many families of those that he came to know over the years.

In addition to being an active member of the First Baptist Church where he served in many capacities, he was also very active in the community. He served Thermopolis and Hot Springs County as vice chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross Chairman, School Board Treasurer, and as a member of the City Planning Commission, the Kiwanis club, and the American Legion. In addition, at one time or another, he served on the Little League board of directors, the K -12 math curriculum committee, the board of directors of the Big Hom Basin Children's Center, the PTA and the Senior Center board. He was also an honorary member of the Shoshoni FF A chapter, the Wind River FFA chapter and the Dubois Fire Department.

Cal loved theatre and appeared in many productions over the years, as well as being a popular emcee for various community events.

He is survived by his sons, Colin of Littlefield, Ariz., Gregg of Thermopolis, Bart of Dallas Texas, and Darry of Casper; daughter, Melanie Blynn of Freyburg, Maine; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren.

Cal was preceded in death by his wife, Verda.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, June 1 at the First Baptist Church in Thermopolis. Interment will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online messages may be offered at http://www.mortfh.com.

 

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