Billie Irene Voge

Billie & Gerhardt in 2017 at Gerhardt's 95th birthday party.

In Loving Memory of Billie Voge
Billie Irene Voge was born on March 27, 1929, to Cassandra Ann (Howard) and Louis DeBoth in Taylorville, Illinois. She passed away on May 7, 2018, at the Manning Regional Health Care Center. She spent her younger years in Illinois and southeast Iowa and her early adult life in northwest Iowa and Colorado before settling in Manning, Iowa, in the early 1950s. She had warm memories when she attended an all girls' school in Quincy, Illinois, and graduated from Oskaloosa High School.

Billie met G.T. Voge at the Sextro Steak House (later known as Saunders Steak House along Highway 141). Billie married G.T., a local farmer, on August 4, 1954, in which they enjoyed four sons; James, Jerry, Terry, Bill and daughter Ann; and their extra son, Rick Dammann, who took the place in the family after Jerry died. The family lived at the present Great Western Park and then moved to their current location along Highway 141. After Billie broke her second hip on December 20, 2014, she moved to the Manning Plaza, a couple months at Char-Mac, and found home at the Manilla Manor in the fall of 2016, becoming very close to other residents and staff and enjoying daily activities.

Billie took over the flower shop from her brother in 1964 and added the Sears Roebuck Catalog Store in 1976. Her son, Jim returned to Manning in the early 1980s to take over the flower shop. Billie also worked several years at Casey's in Manning and ran the Hilltop Greenhouse until she semi-retired in 1994.

Billie was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and so enjoyed her weekly visits with Father Gralapp and Father Gerald. Billie was also a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Alter Society, VFW, American Legion, etc. She was also a long-term member and past president of the Chamber of Commerce of Manning, Iowa. Lila Schroeder and Billie started the Weihnachtsfest festival which continues to be enjoyed to this day. Billie and G.T. had many foster children (Tim, Stephen, Sue, and James) at their home through the years. Billie provided the flag poles and flags over the decades in several locations in the community, including at the Manning Cemetery. Billie was very generous in contributing her time and money to various organizations in the community.

G.T. and Billie started traveling frequently, after attending their son, Bill's, graduation from college in California in 1983. They visited Bill in California; London, England; Rye, New York; and their last big trip was to San Diego, California, and on to Baja California Sur, Mexico (Los Frailes) to visit Bill and his family in June of 2010. They also traveled to Colorado to visit their son, Jim, and his wife, Linda.

Several times a year G.T. and Billie would go to Solon, Iowa, to the Casino and always stop in Denison to eat out on their way home. Every Wednesday was Billie's day to get her hair fixed at the LeBoutique by her special friend Bonnie Wanninger and in the afternoon, she and G.T. would drive around Manning, get their ice cream cones, visit the twins and collect their mail.

Billie's hobbies include, playing Bingo, reading, watching Wheel of Fortune, old movies, and visiting with friends and family. Billie enjoyed her van rides, baking cookies, playing games, and participating in activities at the Manilla Manor the last couple of years.

Billie is survived by her husband, G.T. (Gerhardt Theodore) Voge; her son James (Linda) Switzer of Audubon, Iowa: son, Bill (Jami) Voge of Solana Beach, California, and daughter Ann (Mark) Trullinger of Manning, Iowa.

And all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Heather (Shane) Brundieck - Lincoln Nebraska and Isabella and Oliver; Jamey (Brandy) Voge - Wills Point, Texas and Landon and Cheyenne; James (Joni) Switzer - Tabor, Iowa and Austin, James and Ellie, Dane and Addie; Jessica (Matt) McKinley - Albuquerque, New Mexico and Harley, Cash and Jax; Emily (Ben) Hester, Encinitas, California; Hank Voge, San Francisco, California; John (Carly) Voge, Los Angeles, California; Michael Voge, New York, New York; Paul and Maddie Voge, Denver, Colorado; Brandon (Jen) Juhl, Iowa City, Iowa and Obadiah; Crystal Juhl Denver Colorado and Kaitlyn.

Billie has one younger sister, Freda Drees; nieces and nephew: Linda (Roy) Bertolet and Catherine Drees, all of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Michael (Toni) Drees of Lorton, Virginia. Billie has one sister-in-law, Persis DeBoth of Audubon, Iowa.

Billie and G.T. suffered the loss of both twin sons…Terry (June 9, 1972) and Jerry Voge (December 5, 1982); her parents, Louis and Cassandra (Howard); her brothers, Wesley and Terry DeBoth; sisters, Marjorie Ann and Linda DeBoth in infancy; brother-in-law, Louis Drees; her special aunt Claudia (Gerald) Walterhouse and uncle Bill (Maryon) Mayan. Her in-laws Henry and Jessie (Lamp) Voge; and nephews: Louis "Danny," Patrick "Tommy," Cory DeBoth; and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Memorials can be made to the Manilla Manor memory care unit or to the tree project at the Manning Cemetery.

A private viewing by the family was held at 2:00 p.m. on May 8, 2018, at the Ohde Funeral Home, followed by graveside services at the Manning Cemetery, with Mark Trullinger, John Ohde, Rick Dammann, Kent Hugeback, Ron Colling, and Dave Kusel, as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Pam Colling and Kristy Hugeback. Sheryl Dammann provided a prayer and words of comfort.

A celebration of life will be held this summer.

Every time I would visit Gerhardt & Billie in their home over the years, I would always comment that someday I wanted to scan that amazing large portrait of their children they had hanging on their living room wall.
Then in February of 2016, I borrowed it and scanned it and below is that picture.

Back: Terry, Jerry (twins)
Front: Jim, Ann, Bill

Picture taken in Chicago
Original photo is 18 x 16 inches

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