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Alan Harold Voorhis, 84, a lifelong Boone County and long-time Zionsville resident died Nov. 24, 2015.. Alan was born July 2, 1931, in Thorntown, to Carl Eugene and Esther Frances Wright Voorhis; they preceded him in death as did his his brother, Kenneth Voorhis.. A 1951 graduate of Lebanon High School, Alan honorably served his country as a member of the Indiana Army National Guard. On June 22, 1952, in Warsaw, Indiana, he married the love of his life, Barbara Jean Hightshue; this past June they celebrated their 63rd year of marriage together.. After living in Lebanon for a short time, they settled and began raising their children in Zionsville. Alan was an excellent archer, and was the first person to get a perfect score at a downtown Indianapolis indoor tournament in the early ’70s. He was an avid hunter and for many years spent every November in Michigan hunting deer with his bow and rifle. Alan was a well-known craftsman, who was the manager of Metzger’s Lumber for 32 years in Zionsville. When not overseeing the operations of the lumberyard, he could be found on his tractor mowing or raising his famous tomatoes. Many have claimed that there was no finer tomato than an “Alan Voorhis-raised” tomato, and once you had one no others could compare.. Alan is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Jean Hightshue Voorhis; his children, Lester A. Voorhis, Michael W. Voorhis (Monica), and Marcel L. Wallace (Michael). Also surviving are his grandchildren, Alissa, Evan, Kristen, Ashley, Adam, Brian, Emily, Micah, Jill, Galan, and Hannah; 12 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Dale Voorhis (Joan), Alma Dickerson Heyl (Tom), Ed Dickerson (Ruth), Don Voorhis, and Bryon Voorhis (Jeannie).. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, at Salem United Methodist Church, 6701 S. 775 E., Zionsville, with a funeral service to be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, also at the church. Entombment will follow the service at Lincoln Memory Gardens, Whitestown.. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana, 6847 Hillsdale Ct., Indianapolis, IN 46250; or visit their website at www.paaci.org to make an online memorial gift.. Arrangements have been entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.
Published on  November 27, 2015
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