In Memoriam: Milo D. Voss


by HPS staff

Milo D. Voss, 91, died 19 January 2015 following a brief illness. Milo was born 14 February 1923 in Manning, Iowa, the son of George Dewey and Helena Augusta (Dethlefs) Voss. On 14 August 1943, Milo married Doris Jean "Doady" Peterson in Columbus, Ohio. During World War II, Milo served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in China as a staff sergeant, then as a commissioned lieutenant in the Strategic Air Command. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Iowa State University in 1949.

Milo, a certified health physicist, was employed at Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory for 40 years, where he was manager for safety and health and plant protection. He was a longtime resident of Ames, where he was a charter member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and member of Bethesda Lutheran Church. In 2006 Milo moved to Iowa City to be near family. Milo was a skilled woodworker and loved to travel, visiting each state as well as Europe and Scandinavia.

He was a charter member of the Health Physics Society and a member of the International Association of Laryngectomees and the American Legion. After his retirement in 1987, he volunteered at the Ames City Hall and visited with laryngectomy patients.

Survivors include his six children, Reverend David Voss (Jan French), of Tacoma, Washington; Rick (Nancy) Voss, Susan Bode, and Jean Voss, all of Iowa City; Charles (Debbie) Voss, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Peter (Lynda) Voss, of Kent, Washington; his sister, JoAnne (Bruce) Dyer, of Homer Glen, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and special friend Clarice Davis. Milo was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Doady in 1992, their infant son John Robert, and son-in-law Bill Bode.