Thomas A. Voorhees “Tom” passed away May 11, 2013, at the age of 85.
Tom was born on June 15, 1927, in a farm house in Hebron, Ohio, to Florence and Robert Voorhees. He graduated from high school in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., in 1945. Since at this time, World War II had only recently ended, Tom had joined the Naval V-5 program for Naval Aviators and spent about five years in the Navy, mostly as a co-pilot in four engine land planes (PB4Y-2).
He graduated from New Mexico School of Mines with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1954. He was employed by Cardinal Drilling Company as an engineer responsible for operating the eleven drilling rigs the company owned. He continued this employment until 1977.
In 1966, Tom married Carolyn Jo Kuchinski of Bridger, Mont. After his retirement, he and Carolyn bought a home in Indian Wells in the California desert. They spent the winters in this home and the summers in their Billings home.
Tom loved outdoor sports of all kinds, hunting, fishing, tennis and especially golf. He was an avid golfer and had a single digit handicap most of his life. He had six holes in one during his golfing days.
In 1989, they moved to the Flathead Lake area of Montana and built a home located on a canal from the Flathead River just north of the river outlet into Flathead Lake. They enjoyed spending the summers at Bigfork and the winters at Indian Wells where golfing was the principal occupation.
Tom suffered a stroke in 2006 which left him with impaired vision which concluded his golfing days.
They moved into Mission Ridge in Billings, in 2007, where he resided until his death.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Gockenbach Voorhees; his father, Robert Franklin Voorhees both of Hebron, Ohio; and his brother Jack Voorhees.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn (C.J.) of Mission Ridge; a daughter, Susan Schurr (Willy) of Remington, Switzerland; a son Robert Voorhees (Sue) of Duragno, Colo.; one grandson, Robbie (Kendra) of Park City, Utah; three granddaughters, Renata (Rory) Martinez of Richmond, Texas, Cecile (Daniel) Suter of Brugg, Switzerland, Nicole Obah of Riehen, Switzerland; and two great grandsons, Jeremy and Jordan Obah both of Riehen. A sister-in-law Jeanne Voorhees of Tucson, Ariz., and a sister Pat (Larry) Rhoda of St. James, Fla.
Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service in the Bridger Cemetery is planned.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements. Remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com