In memory of

Hanford Gerald Voyles

April 24, 1922 - April 4, 2021
From: Sac City, IA | Originally: Lytton, IA
Hanford Gerald Voyles

Hanford Gerald Voyles

Born: April 24, 1922
Died: April 4, 2021
Age: 98
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   Hanford Voyles age 98 of Lytton, IA passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City, IA.  Hanford Gerald Voyles was born on April 24, 1922, in Coon Valley Township, Sac County, IA to parents Vernon and Carrie (Witten) Voyles.  Hanford was the oldest of six children.  His father died when he was eight years old and he was then raised in the home of Sam and Martha Morrison.  Hanford attended country school through the eighth grade at Coon Valley #3 and graduated from Sac City High School with the class of 1941.  After graduation Hanford enlisted to serve his country with the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946.  He was stationed at Northern Luzon, just north of the Philippine Islands. 

   On November 21, 1948, Hanford was united in marriage to Celia Meyer at the Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton, IA.  The couple farmed south of Sac City in Section 6 of Coon Valley Township.  To their union, they were blessed with two sons, Maurice and David.  In 1981 Hanford and Celia moved to Celia’s home farm north of Lytton in Garfield Township where they continued to farm.  Celia passed away on March 24, 1995. Their son, Maurice, passed away on October 27, 1996. 

   For many years Hanford enjoyed living the farm life where he raised hogs, farmed the ground, and spent lots of time outside gardening and mowing.  He was a farmer at heart.  He enjoyed watching all sports and loved cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.  Hanford’s faith in God was very important to him.  He was a lifelong member of the Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton, where in his later years he enjoyed tying quilts for the missionaries during Do-Days.  He helped mow the north church cemetery where Celia was buried.  Hanford cherished his time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending sporting events, church and school programs, and watching them show their livestock projects.  In the fall of 2014 Hanford was a proud member of the Military Veteran Honor Flight flying from Fort Dodge, IA to Washington, DC where he was met by his son David to spend the day.  In later years Hanford received two Quilts of Valor which were a source of pride for his service to our country. 

  Survivors are his son David Voyles and wife Mary of Marinette, WI, daughter-in-law Sandra (Loren) Wuebker of Rockwell City, IA, grandchildren: Sara (Tim) Fischer of Sherwood, OR, Reggie (Sarah) Voyles of Sac City, IA, Ryan (Leann) Voyles of Delta, IA, and great-grandchildren: Gabe, Lainey, Grant, and Caroline Fischer, William, Landon, and Millie Voyles, Colten, Levi, and Reagan Voyles, sister Audrey Reilly of Walnut Creek, CA, many nieces, nephews, friends, and special friend Lorene Hinrichs.

   Hanford is preceded in death by his wife Celia, son Maurice, parents, step-father Glenn Crilly, and siblings Shirley Lovstad, Norma Engstrom, Rex Voyles, and Vernon Voyles.

  In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church.

Tribute Video
10:30 a.m., Friday
April 9, 2021
Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa

Pastor Ben Worley
Prior to the service
9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Friday
April 9, 2021
Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa
St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Lytton, Iowa


Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:52 PM
“Dear David and family, on behalf of our family I want to express our condolences. Uncle Hanny and Aunt Celia are family favorites of ours! We, the Engstrom kids have so many fond memories of them both. I imagine that was quite the reunion on that beautiful Easter Sunday when he graduated from this life to the next...I know my mom and dad had a warm embrace for him!❤️ I watched the video tribute you put together! So much fun to see him always surrounded by the children.....Such a treat! R.I.P. Uncle Hanny! We love you!”
- Jo Anne Engstrom Murdock
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:39 AM
“Enjoyed having lunch and rich conversation with Hanford often. God gained a wonderful gentleman and he will be missed by many. Many hugs and remember all the happy times.”
- Brent Keiser
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:44 AM
“I always knew him as Mike and a truly nice man. I always enjoyed visiting with him. Our sympathies to the family.”
- Russ and Cathie Hass
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:13 PM
“I spent a lot of time at Hanfords growing up as we would ride our bikes there. He was a great neighbor. Condolences to the family. Aaron Helmus”
- Aaron Helmus
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:53 PM
“I would echo my sister's love for Granford. He was indeed like a grandfather to us. I loved climbing in and picking cherries from his tree and bring him pie when I was in high school. I miss him and "grandma Celia." Praying for comfort for your family.”
- Renee (Ausborn) Kim
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:42 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss and prayers for your family! I will always have fond memories of riding bikes over to his place and calling him "Granford" when I was little, because he was very much a surrogate grandpa to me. I loved having him as our neighbor for so many years. ”
- Jessica (Ausborn) Jordan
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:41 AM
“Hanford was always so kind and loved his family dearly. I always enjoyed my visits with him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, especially Reggie, Ryan, and Sandy. ”
- Jane (Scharn) Nees
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:40 AM
“Hanford was a favorite of ours. His smile was so warm and he always had a kind word to share. He was a gentle soul and it was an honor to be a part of his church family. Our sincere sympathy to all his family and friends. ”
- Ron and Cheryl Haden
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 1:58 PM
“"Pat and Mike" Voyles were here as part of a crew organized by Ethel Peyton to help unpack the moving van, wash windows, and generally get our home, which was being remodeled, visitor-ready way back in 1986! We loved them both and are grateful for Hanford's long life. He was amazing for his age and was truly an inspiration. We know you will all miss him very much. He served his country, cherished his family and faithfully loved the Lord and his church. He lived a great life. God bless you as you grieve, with the sure and certain knowledge that there's a great reunion happening in heaven!”
- Harold and Sue Peyton
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:38 AM
“Hanford and Celia were my baptism sponsors. They always cared for me and never missed a birthday. God bless them both.”
- Kay Scharn
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:38 AM
“Your witt and smile will be greatly missed.”
- Jeff and Darleen Degner
Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:02 PM
“Sharing in your sadness as you remember Hanford. He will always have a special place in my heart. ”
- Scott Voyles
Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8:02 PM
“Thank you Lord for Hanford's life and legacy. My sympathy and empathy to the family. May God's peace and love fill you hearts, heads, souls and homes.”
- Rev. Missy Brown
Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1:21 PM
“Such a special, special man. Our sympathy to your family”
- Charlie & Donna Peyton
Monday, April 5, 2021 at 12:45 PM
“Such a great man. He will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathies. ”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10:55 AM
“Our sympathies to the family. He was a great guy.”
- Dale Kreft & Diane Gotto
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