Karen M. Voss

Karen M. Voss, age 78, of Missouri Valley, Iowa died Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at her home. Karen was born February 5, 1939 in Woodbine, Iowa to Ted and Coryliss Oliver. She was raised on a farm between Pisgah and Woodbine. She attended country school, and then graduated from Pisgah High School in 1957. She and her husband Harold began dating that year after a first date on a senior class trip to Colorado, the first of countless trips to that destination. Karen married Harold Voss on July 19, 1959 in Pisgah, Iowa. They lived and worked in Omaha several years before moving to Missouri Valley to raise their family. Karen worked at Mutual of Omaha and then spent to next 40 plus years as a cook for Missouri Valley Schools which allowed her to be available for her boys. She also worked for First Lutheran Church part-time and operated the antique store she owned with Harold.

Known as a second Mom to the old gang from the neighborhood, Karen was loved by many. The door was always open and a plate of cookies waiting. She was loved by many children throughout her years as school cook. She was deeply loved by her grandchildren who will always remember her special care and especially how she spoiled them. She was a loving mother to her boys. She loved to travel with her family and see as many places as possible, giving them wonderful memories.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold, son Kevin, and brother, Jim.

Survivors include sons; Kraig Voss and wife Billie of Sioux City, Iowa; Kyle Voss and wife Lisa of Missouri Valley, Iowa; grandchildren Scott, Hannah, Samantha, Shane, Kaleb, Sawyer and Gabe Voss; sister Joyce Hall and husband Bob of Pisgah, Iowa; brother Keith Oliver of Woodbine, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 17, at First Lutheran Church. It will begin at 2 pm with a prayer service and will continue until 4 pm with family present.

The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the Church after the committal service at the cemetery.


In Loving Memory Of


Karen Marjorie Voss



February 5, 1939                                     Woodbine, Iowa


Entered Into Rest

December 6, 2017                          Missouri Valley, Iowa


Funeral Service

10:00 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2017

First Lutheran Church

Missouri Valley, Iowa


Officiating                                         Pastor Ray Smith

Organist                                                Betty Marquardt


Congregational Selections

“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”                 “Just As I Am”

“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” “Nearer My God To Thee”


Honorary Casket Bearers

Mike Clausen                                            Terry Clausen

Brian Clausen                                            Mark Clausen

Chris Hilts                                                              Jim Pitt

Jack Winther


Casket Bearers

Trent Hall                                                            Troy Hall

Tracy Oliver                                                 Phillip Oliver

Deron Oliver                                              Kendall Oliver

Steve Oliver


Final Resting Place

Rose Hill Cemetery

Missouri Valley, Iowa



  • Lisa Jones Posted December 7, 2017 9:04 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Colleen Fetter Posted December 11, 2017 8:51 am

    Thoughts and prayers to all of Karen’s family. She will be greatly missed.

  • Marsha Barry Posted December 17, 2017 10:33 am

    Thoughts and prayers for Karen’s family. She will be missed. I can remember the many football game and her time in the kitchen at the Elementary. She loved to visit about the grandkids.

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