Richard "Dick" Voight

Richard “Dick” Voight passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Farmstead Care assisted living in Moorhead, MN. Dick was born on November 18, 1934 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to Ralph and Caroline (Herm) Voight. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953. He joined the Navy Reserves in 1951; in 1953 he went active, where he was stationed in Pensacola (FL). He was honorably discharged in 1955. After his time in the Navy he returned to Wisconsin, where he worked as a collector for Thorpe Finance. In 1962 he started his career in the radio industry, in Madison, WI. A year later he married Carroll (Jacobs) Voight. In 1965, he was transferred to KATE Radio in Albert Lea, MN, and within just 6 months was promoted to General Manager. There he became part of a group called Communication Properties (CPI), where he would serve as manager, as well as acquire part ownership of various stations located in Green Bay, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Boise, Albert Lee, and Fargo. In 1973, CPI split ways, and Dick moved to Fargo where he became manager, and later would become owner of KFGO. Under Dick’s guidance, KFGO acquired various awards including: 2 Peabody’s, 3 Marconi’s, 7 Edward R. Murrow Award’s, and News Talk Station of the Year. As well, in 2006, he was awarded the North Dakota Broadcaster of the Year, and received the Pioneer Award. Dick was also active in the community. He was deeply involved with the Salvation Army, and the Sharehouse. He served terms as president of each. In addition, he was involved in the El Zagel Shrine, and was a 32nd degree Free Mason member. Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman. He went on many various hunting and fishing trips in his lifetime, however two of his favorite locations, to which he regularly attended, include: hunting in Cayuga, ND, and fishing at Ballard’s Resort in Baudette, MN. In particular, he loved bringing his kids, and grandkids along for the journey. Throughout life, he also maintained a deep admiration for Nascar, Twins baseball, and Packer Football. Of which, he rarely missed a game/race. He will best be remembered for his affectionate mentality, calm demeanor, and quick-witted sense of humor. Above all commitments and hobbies, however, to Dick, family always came first. His favorite days were spent in Walker on Leech Lake, grilling on the deck with friends and family. Dick is survived by his Wife Carroll, two daughters and four grandchildren, daughters Karleen (Todd) Anderson Fargo and their two sons Shane and Jacob, Christine (Bob) George Fargo and their son Thomas and daughter Ricki. He is also survived by his brothers Wally (Jeri) Voight Susex, WI and brother Tom (Judy) Voight, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Brother-in-law Bill (Deb) Jacobs, Eau Claire, WI. Nieces and Nephews Pam (Tom) Voight, Diane (Paul) Szablewski, John (Jean) Voight, Eric (Lisa) Voight, Nicole (Troy) Carlson, Stephanie (Bob) Bohrer and Stacy (Bob) Gryboski. Great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Rick Voight, his parents Caroline and Ralph Voight, and also his in-laws Liz and Robert Jacobs. Memorials can be sent to the Rick Voight Memorial Fund c/o The First National Bank in Walker, MN Attn: Randal Morrison The Family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at Kinder Care Assisted Living (West Fargo) and Elim Rehab (Fargo). Prayer Service (Notice of time change) : 5:00 PM Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, with a visitation beginning at 4:00 PM Celebration of Dick’s Life: 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

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  1. Radio Richard you had quite a radio family in the day. It was fun to listen to KFGO.
    Rest in peace and radio is the sound salvation. God Bless family and friends of Richard.
    With respect, Khim Simonsen, Fargo.

  2. I, along with so many am saddened to hear of the passing of a wonderful brilliant man who made such a difference & touched so many lives.
    His way with people was off the charts. All who knew him have lost a true gem.
    May the memories he gave us all stay with us, to never be forgotten.

  3. Carroll and family, so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I have many fun memories of time spent in Walker with Dick, and the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Deb

  4. I have great memories spending time with Dick and Carol and there children, Dick is going to me missed by many, our thoughts are with you st this time of sadness.

  5. Dick, so glad you were in our life. Your spirit, humor and advise will be so much missed. Carroll my dear friend a big hug for you, there are never enough of them. I come later. To all the Voight family my love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. So sorry to hear about Dick. I’ve enjoyed working with him over the years. He had a great sense of humor and loved talking to and helping others…. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Dick use to bring all the ladies in the office flower for Valentines Day… (That was back in the day when it was ok to do that.)

  7. Dear Carroll and family. I only knew Dick with a quick hello or goodbye, because he seemed to be working, when I was around. Carroll, I use to be your back neighbor and we became good friends. I use to babysit the kids once in a while, and enjoyed your family so much. You brought much happiness to my life. I use to always ask you for Coke to borrow and drink, do you remember this? My name is Marnett Shea and my husband at the time was Jim. We had a daughter named Laura. You and Dick were great neighbors. If you ever have the time I would enjoy getting together with you. My phone number is 701/212-5273. I still live on the north side of Fargo on 35th St n.
    Remember all the wonderful memories you had with Dick and the family. I’m so sorry for your loss…….Marnett

  8. Dick was a great man and will truly be missed. Love and prayers to all of the Voight Family.

  9. Dick and Rick will be together again in the next life. Great memeories of Dick at Walker. My condolences to Carroll and the girls.

  10. Voight Family, I’m very sorry for you loss I will truly miss Dick, I enjoyed his humor and quick wit. He always had everyone around him laughing and enjoying being with him.

  11. Dick had a heart of gold and I will always cherish the time I spent with him each year at the golf tournament in Walker. My thoughts and prayers are with you Carol, Karleen, Christine and family. I will miss Dick greatly but feel comfort knowing we all have a special angle looking out for us.

  12. Our prayers to your family. We are sad for your loss. We know what a presence he was in your lives. Shawn and Nola McNeally

  13. Carol, Kathleen and Christine. Your family was usually the highlight of my trips to Walker. I especially enjoyed the conversations I had with Dick, he was a man with a lot of wisdom and knew how to keep a good joke going. I admired him as a business man and valued his perspective on things, he even disagreed with me and wasn’t afraid of hurting me feelings in the I will always cherish the times I spent with Dick and your family in Walker, when I reflect back they were filled with lots of love and laughter. Heaven now has the most entertaining duo everyone wants to fish with. RIP Richard and tell Rick hello for me.

  14. Carroll and family, I’m so sorry to hear the news about Dick’s passing. I always enjoyed the times we got together, he was a wonderful man. You and your family are in our thoughts.

  15. My deepest condolences to Dicks family, loosing a loved one could feel like an unbearable loss. I would like to assure you that God will keep Dick in his memory and he promises that the day will come when we will be able to reunite with our loved ones (John 5:28,29) Hold on to these promises and all the good memories with Dick to help cope with the pain you are feeling. I will include you in my prayers.

  16. Recalling my time with Dick was always a treat, we shared a love of the outdoors and I had nothing but respect for him….may he rest in peace….God Bless and thank you for Dick Voight…

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