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John Nevius Voorhees III

Posted By West Georgia Crematory On January 7, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 21 Comments

John Nevius Voorhees III 74, of Hiram died January 7 at Wellstar Paulding Hospital. John was a high school math teacher and retired after 35 years from the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas. He loved coaching football and track as well as assistant coaching basketball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bessie and John Voorhees, Jr; his daughters, Janet Voorhees and Jill Killian; and a grandson, Sean Killian.

J.N. is survived by his wife, Jackie Voorhees; daughter and son-in-law Julie and Brad Ellingson; 3 grandchildren, Nathan, Samantha and Andrew Ellingson; and 3 sisters Gloria (N.C) Thomas, Nancy (Paul) Muegge, and Susan Voorhees.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 14th at McEachern United Methodist Church with Rev. Brian Tillman officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or The National Kidney Foundation.

Condolences for the family of “John Nevius Voorhees III”

Condolence from Ron Millard on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

My prayers are for all of you. So Many great memories of working with JN at SMS. Students all benefited from his teaching and coaching. He touched so many lives. May peace be yours in the knowledge of a life well lived and all the many lives he touched. He will be missed by many of us.

Condolence from Joe & Rosemary Cromer on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

Heaven has gained an incredible guy! J.N. touched so many adult and student lives, always in a positive way. Hugs & blessings to Jackie, Julie and Family during this time.

Condolence from Jack Noyce on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

J.N. was a great man, coach and teacher. I was priveledged to know him in each of those capacities and was better for it. The best memories of my high school years include J.N. and Jackie and the girls. God will bless you as you grieve.

Condolence from Caroline Sewell on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

Mr. Vorhees was my favorite teacher! I had him for math my junior year of high school at Shawnee Mission South in Overland Park, Kansas. Although I haven&singleqoutest seen him in years he&singleqoutesll be missed. He was one in a million.

Caroline Gunter Sewell

Condolence from Tess O&singleqoutesBrien on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

J.N. was a wonderful teacher and a very fine friend. I will miss his interesting e-mails and sense of fun.

Condolence from Pam Satterfield on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

It was an honor to work with JN and to get to know him as a friend. He had a zest for life and a contagious sense of humor. Much love and many prayers to his family.

Condolence from Jacque Carpenter Burns on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am
Condolence from Marilee (Graham) and Don Coffman on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

Jackie and family, We hold all of you close to our hearts and in our prayers.

&qoutesWe know not where His fronded palm lift high in air. We only know we cannot drift beyond His love and care.&qoutes –Whittier

Condolence from Jan Otten on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

J.N.Voorhees has given us great memories. We have visited him and Jackie a couple of times in the USA when our kids were small. J.N. loved them. Before that J.N & Jackie have seen us in Holland. Our thoughts will be with Jackie, Julie & Brad and grandkids. Love, Jan & Klasien Otten, Fockelien, Robert and Roselique.

Condolence from Roselique Otten on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

Rest In Peace Uncle JN


Condolence from Tracy Vaughan on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

Knowing J.N. as a colleague and a friend was an honor. His infectious sense of humor and zest for life were contagious. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Condolence from Ann Engeler on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

My sympathy to you.

Condolence from Patty and Herb Chittum on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

You will always live in our hearts, JN. Every time we play bridge, we will think of you and remember all those Thursdays that we spent with you and Jackie. But most of all, we will miss you.

Condolence from Tim Burkindine on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear that J. N. is no longer with us. He was a friend,a colleague, and an all around wonderful man. He will be missed by all of us.

Condolence from Diane Hartgraves on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. J.N. was a true blessing and we will continue to be blessed from knowing him. Love to you all.

Condolence from Mark Sutton on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

My sympathies on your loss. A wonderful homecoming, no doubt, in Heaven!

Condolence from Scott Lawder on November 30th, -0001 12:00 am

Sorry to hear this. What a great man. So many people&singleqoutess lives would have been different in high school without his smiling, positive nature!. Thoughts are prayers going to the family.

Condolence from Karen Bunag Diener on May 8th, 2018 6:49 pm

I had Mr. Voorhees for Math at South. One of my favorites. My condolences to the family, May he RIP?

Condolence from Bill Leonard on May 8th, 2018 6:57 pm

My condolences to the Voorhees family. Coach Voorhees was my track coach at Shawnee Mission South. His example taught me so much that shaped my career and life. I remember him most for his example of responsibility and respect for his student athletes. He wanted us to be successful in track but it was more important to him that he prepared us to do our very best. The respect he showed me and other students was returned and that’s how he coached, taught and motivated.

I remember him saying once, “don’t take advantage of my good nature” and that was the harshest thing he ever had to say to the team to keep us in line. Rest in peace Coach, you fought the good fight your work is done.

Condolence from Duane Gabrielson on December 21st, 2020 9:43 pm

So sorry John had to leave his family and all his family. I was a co-worker at South high. I know most of his former students will miss him as well.
Personal condolences to Jackie.

Condolence from Jason Bengel on June 16th, 2021 4:22 am

Mr. Voorhees was my geometry teacher in 10th grade. I recall my senior year when I think he was retiring, he was chatting with my chemistry teacher on one of the last days of school discussing investments. I remember him telling me to get started in investing early, and he instantly went into drawing out compounding interest. I’ll never forget the time he scored an answer wrong because I wrote a zero with a line through it to make it look more like a computerized zero, but he said it looked like a ‘null’ and that zero and null were not the same thing; I was annoyed, but never forgot as I went through advanced computer and math programs and college (I nearly thought of him every time I wrote a null symbol on paper). I hope the people he helped with investments and compounding lasted a long time. He had a relative with the same last name who worked in the insurance business who knew him when I asked about him about 5 years after I was out of high school, and he had nothing but positive things to say about him and his prowess for compounding advice. 🙂

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