Harold "Bee" Milo VoorheesMarch 25, 1926 ~ September 24, 2016 (age 90)
Harold "Bee" M. Voorhees, was born March 25, 1926, to Esther (Cohn) and Theodore Voorhees at the Voorhees Mortuary, which is now the Palisade Funeral Home. That day, the apricot crop suffered a complete loss due to freeze. He grew up and attended schools in Palisade.
He joined the US Navy in 1944 and served aboard the USS Aaron Ward in the Pacific Theatre. While aboard the Aaron Ward, off the coast of Okinawa, the ship was attacked by nine kamikaze aircraft, and nearly sunk. The book, Brave Ship, Brave Men, was written about this ship and the men who served on it.
After his tour of duty ended, he returned to Palisade and started a family. He married Nola Jean Campbell, on June 15, 1949, and worked many jobs: truck driving hauling ore, raising fruit, farming, and as a plant operator for Public Service (now Xcel Energy), from which he retired in 1990 after 35 years of service. After his retirement, he owned and operated Voorhees’ Solar-Dried Fruit.
Together, Harold and Nola raised five children - one daughter, and four sons: Susan of Cedaredge, Colorado, James (deceased) and Pamela Voorhees of Palisade, Dave and Dianna Voorhees of Palisade, Miles Voorhees of Palisade, and Ben (deceased) and Shirley Voorhees of Palisade. He is survived by fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his parents, his brother, two sisters, two sons, and one infant grandson.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, September 30, 2016, beginning at 1:30 PM, at the Clifton Christian Church of Clifton, Colorado. Graveside services with Military Honors and Interment followed the funeral services, beginning at 3:00 PM, in the Palisade Municipal Cemetery of Palisade, Colorado.
Donations may be made in his name and memory to HopeWest Hospice of Grand Junction or Cowboy at the Cross Ministries (PO Box 754, Delta, CO, 81416-0754).
Services were entrusted to Palisade Funeral Home of Palisade, Colorado.