Bert F. Voorhees
Bert Frederick Voorhees, 86, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 at his Traverse City home. Bert was born on Friday, Jan. 27, 1933 to the late Corneila "Catherine" (Izenbart) and Milo Herbert John Voorhees in Grand Rapids.
He graduated from Kelloggsville High School. He continued his education in the baking field. Bert worked for many commercial bakeries, including Oven Fresh in Grand Rapids and Chef Pierre/Sara Lee here in Traverse City.
On March 25, 1955 he married the former Jean Bernice Boss from Martin.
A longtime member of Faith Reformed Church in Traverse City, Bert was well known for his incredible work ethic and his love of family.
He was a musher and enjoyed raising the dogs for that hobby. He accomplished his goal of visiting Alaska with his mushing friends. He was a wood carver, enjoyed golfing, swimming and bowling and also enjoyed camping and "RVing." He was a sports enthusiast, enjoying basketball and track. He was always willing to try something at least once and could easily make friends with anyone.
His greatest joy was his family and being with them as much as he could.
Bert is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Patti (Vinnie) Orsini, of Baltimore, Maryland, Brian Voorhees, of Lake Ann, Boyd Voorhees, of Traverse City, Katie (Chuck) Fouchey, of Interlochen, and Julie (Dick) Nelson, of Lake Odessa. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9 until 11 a.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Visitation will continue on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Faith Reformed Church, 1139 E. Front Street in Traverse City. Following the visitation, the funeral service will begin at 1 p.m., also at the church. Burial will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
The family has asked that Bert be remembered with memorial contributions to Faith Reformed Church.
Please share your memories of Bert with his family by way of his online guest book at
The family is being cared for and served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on December 3, 2019


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