Thomas A. “Tom” Voorhees, 85, a longtime petroleum engineer and a golfer who shot six holes in one, died May 11, 2013.
He was born June 15, 1927, in a farm house in Hebron, Ohio, to Florence and Robert Voorhees. He graduated from high school in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., in 1945. He joined the Naval V-5 program for naval aviators and spent about five years in the Navy, mostly as a co-pilot in four-engine land planes (PB4Y-2).
He graduated from New Mexico School of Mines with a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering in 1954. He was employed by Cardinal Drilling Co. as an engineer responsible for operating the 11 drilling rigs the company owned. He continued this employment until 1977.
In 1966, he married Carolyn Jo Kuchinski of Bridger. After retirement, they bought a home in Indian Wells in the California desert. They spent winters there and summers in Billings.
Mr. Voorhees was an avid golfer and had a single-digit handicap most of his life. A stroke in 2006 left him with impaired vision and ended his golfing days.
In 1989, Mr. and Mrs. Voorhees moved to Flathead Lake and built a home on a canal from the Flathead River. They moved into Mission Ridge in Billings in 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn “C.J.” of Mission Ridge; a daughter, Susan Schurr of Remington, Switzerland; a son, Robert Voorhees of Durango, Colo.; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and a sister, Pat Rhoda of St. James, Fla.
A private graveside service in the Bridger Cemetery was planned. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.