Joe Voges, 99, founder and inspiration of the River Country Nature Center in Nebraska City and renowned storyteller, has died.
Voges died Dec. 24 at Duff’s Friendship Villa in Nebraska City.
The center features the taxidermy work of Voges. He was well known for his work and his collection showcases a variety of specimens native to the area. The center was started in 1975 and has evolved into a unique museum featuring specimens in displays depicting their natural habitat.
Wildlife from bears, foxes, native birds and fish, are preserved, as is a tremendous collection focusing on America’s poultry heritage.
Voges spent much time at the museum visiting with guests and sharing stories of his career and life.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nebraska City with Fr. Mark Cyza and Steve Thomlison celebrating the mass. Burial will follow the services at St. Benedict's Cemetery.
A rosary will be recited at Thursday evening , Dec. 27, at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City.
Gude Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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