Gordy W. Vosz

Gordon W. Vosz age 89 of Big Flats, Wisconsin passed away September 27, 2019, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wisconsin.

Gordy was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 8, 1930, to Evelyn (Kroening) and Walter Vosz.  He went to Juneau High School in Milwaukee.

After high school, he acquired his 1948 Harley Davidson and became well known to the neighbors, bars, and girls.

He met his first wife, Marge Sagorac, just as the Korean war was about to call up soldiers from Wisconsin.

In 1951-1952 Gordy served in the VMF-513 Marine All-Weather Fighter Squad in Korea a Buck Sargent-Crew Chief with the Corsair F4U.  His unit became known as The Flying Nightmares and around the clock, bombing became his job.

Gordy was honorably discharged in October 1952 and came home to Milwaukee.  He worked as a painter for the Milwaukee Road Railroad, a welder for AO Smith and an entrepreneur as he started his own tree cutting business.  Some of the biggest elm trees met his saw during the Dutch Elm disease era in Milwaukee.

When Gordy wasn’t working, he was hunting and fishing up north in Wisconsin, out West or in Canada.  His collection included elk, mule deer, whitetails, black bear and his most favorite – moose.

He collected over 12 moose in his lifetime and his hunting buddies did much of the same.

In 1975 Gordy settled in Big Flats Wisconsin and started Big Flats Log Homes.  To his credit, over 30 cabins sawed and built, including over 800 logs for the Petenwell Lodge.  Many of his best friends were his employees.  Gordy was a man that lived life his way. Nothing ever kept him down!  The undertaker probably wondered why he was still smiling!

Gordy was preceded in death by his parents -Walter (born 5/16/1906 DOD 12/1982) and Evelyn Vosz; sister -Jane Evelyn Sagorac (born 2/16/1937- 8/18/2002); and his first wife-Marge Sagorac.

He is survived by his 2nd wife – Jean Johnson;  daughters – Terri Witheril & Marcy (John) Strom; grandson, Jason Witheril, and close friends, Mike Murdaugh & Robert Lockman.

Interment will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin at a later date.

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  1. Gordon Whitemarsh says:

    Sad to hear of the passing of Gordon, I crossed paths with Gordon many times over the years, he was a hard working,honest guy, he built some very nice Log Homes in this area, he was a great builder & a very good man! Prayers go out to this family. Love the hat

  2. Mike Amparan family says:

    O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant Gordy, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

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