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Robert James Voigt

Died: Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Grosse Pointe Farms resident Robert James Voigt, 82, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at St. John Hospital.

Born in La Crosse, Wisc. in 1921, Mr. Voigt graduated from Central High School in 1938.

He received his bachelor's degree from Carleton College in 1942 and his I.A. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1943. Following World War II, Mr. Voigt received his master's degree from Harvard in 1947.

During the war, he served with Patton's Third Army landing at Utah Beach in Normandy, France and served through France, Luxembourg and Germany, ending up in Nuremberg and Munich. He returned with his wife to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of the invasion.

Mr. Voigt was employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where he began working as a divisional manager and was later promoted to senior vice president. He continued as vice president until his retirement in 1986.

He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men's Club, the Senior Men's Tennis Club, the Harvard Business School Club of Detroit and was a 50-year Mason. He was a former member of the American Marketing Association and the Economic Club of Detroit, and had served on the American Red Cross and as a trustee of the Congregational Church.

Mr. Voigt had many hobbies and interests, with a lifelong love of hunting and fishing. He enjoyed handicapping horse races and at one time owned a harness horse that raced at the tracks in Detroit and Windsor, Canada. He spent many hours playing tennis and had two holes-in-one playing golf.

In addition, he used to chuckle that he was probably the only Grosse Pointe resident to have passed the Coast Guard examination for operating a motorboat for hire on the Mississippi River.

Mr. Voigt also loved to travel and had visited many foreign countries including China and Russia.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Hickisch; his sons, James, Col. Robert E., William and Charles; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Virginia Robson.

He was predeceased by his brother, Vincent.

A funeral service was held in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Interment is in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Chas. Verheyden Inc. in Grosse Pointe Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Michigan Cancer Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0843.
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