James W. Voth (92) passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022, with his wife by his side. Jim is survived by his wife, Helen Mester Voth; sons, Mark W. (Lynn), and James M. (Patty); five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Jim married Helen in 1954 in their hometown of Quincy, Illinois, where they were both born and raised.
Jim graduated from the University of Illinois in 1953 with a BSME degree. He served for his country in the Korean War as part of the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corp, where he was stationed in Germany. Jim was a Life Member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and a member of the President’s Council. In addition, he served on the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Alumni Advisory Board. In 1984, Jim was the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award, awarded by the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. He was also a member of the Acacia Fraternity.
Jim was an executive for several major heavy equipment manufacturing companies until forming his own sales and marketing company in 1982. During his career, he was awarded several patents related to construction machinery components. He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and a Life Member of Hermann Lodge Number 39 AF & AM, Quincy, IL. He retired in 1992.
Jim was an active member in his church and served on the board and committees for many years. Jim also served on the Foundation Board of Hamilton Communities, a nursing home located in New Carlisle, IN. In addition, he was a member of the Franklin Life Board of Managers, as well as a mentor at a local elementary school, which was very important to him.
Jim loved his church, his family, the United States, and all of the opportunities this great country offered him. He loved golf and was a long-time member of Knollwood Country Club, where he enjoyed spending time with his golfing friends. He was also a member of the Notre Dame University Club and the Pathetic Golf League.
A reception will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 3-4 p.m. at Andre Place at Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Hope Ministries or the Michiana Youth Ministries.