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Michael Parnell Voz – Obituary

Name: Michael Parnell Voz

Age: 70

Born: 11-15-1950

Died: 04-01-2021

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Minnesota

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph for Michael Parnell Voz, age 70, of St. Stephen, who passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital. 
Michael was referred to as Mike, Papa or even Mad Mike. He was truly one of a kind. 

Mike was born in 1950 in St. Cloud, MN to Donna (Reber), and Parnell Voz.  After living in St. Joseph, MN most of his childhood, he graduated from Tech High School in 1970, and entered the Vietnam War draft. Upon return from being based in Germany, he married Karen Kron in 1975 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MN. The couple had joyfully celebrated 46 years of marriage this past January. 
In 1975 they welcomed their son Ryan Michael. The memories the three of them made along the way will never be forgotten, especially living on the farm in Cold Spring, MN. 
If you met Mike, you NEVER forgot him. 
His genuine, simple approach to life was infectious. He valued the small things in life and saw the GOOD in everyone. Mike was a very humble man who was generous of his time, and never expected any type of recognition. 
He was rarely serious in life, and ironically left this world on April Fool’s Day. He was a tremendous father figure to his son, brothers, sister Mary, in-laws and even neighborhood kids. Mike had two best friends in his grandkids Noah and Eva, and he could be best described as a kid at heart.  
He was currently volunteering at various community organizations and was preparing for his return to his dream job at Stearns County Park Department. After 34 years of working at the Sartell Papermill, he retired following the 2012 explosion. 
He was an outdoorsman his entire life enjoying time spent at baseball parks, fishing and eating ice cream. He was also known to have a sweet tooth for chocolate.  
Mike is survived by his sweetheart, Karen Sue; son, Ryan (Melissa); grandchildren, Noah and Eva (Voz) Avon, MN; brothers, Tim (Anita Avila) Voz of Seattle, WA, Gerard (Nancy Jost) Voz of Fergus Falls, MN, and John (Heidi) Voz of Detroit Lakes, MN; beloved in-laws, Kristin and Kevin Sanders and Keith and Mary Kron, and many nieces and nephews, along with many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary. 
Rest in Peace Mike, Papa, Mad Mike. You are missed by so many already. 
At Mike’s request, the family will be having a celebration of life event for family and friends at a future date this upcoming summer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Catholic Charities Food Bank, St. Cloud where Mike volunteered, or your local food bank of choice.  

Guestbook for Michael Parnell Voz

John Woodside
, friend and co-worker of Karen
April 6, 2021, 3:54 pm
Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear of this heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with all of you during this incredibly difficult period, and will continue to be in the years ahead. I look forward to reconnecting with you, Karen, and hearing more stories about Mike and the time you were able to share together. May his memory provide you warmth and comfort always. With love, John Woodside.
Amal Djerrari
, Co-worker of Karen
April 5, 2021, 1:24 pm
May God grant him peace and serenity! I am sorry for you loss, Karen.
Al Epp
, friend of Karen
April 5, 2021, 12:57 pm
Dear Karen, We are so sorry for you loss. Please know that you're in our thoughts. We are grateful that you had such a wonderful person in your life. Al and Carey
Kevin and Diane (Theisen) Gorder
, High School
April 5, 2021, 1:27 am
Gerard and Nancy and family Sending our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Your classmates from Apollo High School Class of 1974.
Val & Ron Philippi
April 5, 2021, 1:17 am
Karen and family, We were so sorry to hear about Mikes passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Carl merkling
, Friend
April 4, 2021, 10:55 pm
Mike and I went to elementary school than high school together, lived through the crazy 60s and early 70s he was best man at my wedding he was my best friend, I moved away mid 70s but when I came back to visit the highlight was always spending time with Mike and Karen. Talking about the old times, O the fun that was had.The world was a better place with Mike in it, a kinder soul I have never known, you will be missed. Rest In Peace brother I love you. Karen and the rest of the Voz family, Im deeply sorry for your loss.
Art Persons
, Co-worker at MDH
April 4, 2021, 4:38 pm
I sure was shocked to hear a very sad news!! Karen, you have my sincere sympathy and prayers. Thank you for our friendship.
Mike Legatt
, Friend
April 3, 2021, 4:09 pm
Mike was a friend who I knew through the Legion and Sportsmen Club. He was a great guy. He loved working with youth and loved he loved this country. Thank you!!!---for serving this great country. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Peter L Theismann
, co-worker
April 3, 2021, 3:22 pm
We will miss you Mike. Thanks for your good work
, Friend
April 3, 2021, 1:33 pm
I got to know Mike through the St Stephen Sportsmen's Club. He was always willing to help and was especially good at working with children building birdhouses. We will truly miss him. So sorry for your loss.
Liz Young
April 2, 2021, 8:14 pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs sent to you and your family.

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