OBITUARY

Retired Major Robert J. Voeller

March 12, 1957October 26, 2019
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Robert J. Voeller, 62, of Norman passed away Saturday October 26, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Rob was born March 12, 1957 in Manhattan, KS to Al and Lois (Hayes) Voeller. On May 20, 1995 he married Judi Sanford (from Parsippany, NJ) at Goodrich United Methodist Church in Norman. Rob graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa, OK in May 1975. He served as a resident advisor while at OU and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in history in December 1981.

Rob’s lifelong passion was serving the university community and those who worked with him. He began his career with the University of Oklahoma Police Department in January 1982 and served through June 2016. His first position was a Community Service Officer and then he became a certified police officer. Rob worked his way through the ranks including Corporal, Lieutenant, and retired as a Major. Major Voeller was a certified instructor and received several awards over his career including Community Policing Officer. He held a number of specialized certifications such as Drug Recognition Expert, Accident Reconstruction, Field Sobriety, etc.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 24 ½ years, Judi, of Norman; sons: Michael Sanford Voeller and Joseph Sanford Voeller, both of Norman; parents: Al and Lois Voeller of Tulsa; siblings and their spouses: David and Rebekah Voeller of Bellevue, WA, Roger and Caren Voeller of Littleton, CO, Jon and Merry Voeller of Norman, Phillip and Danielle Voeller of Kirkland, WA, and Linda and David Right of Claremore, OK; also many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends including Joyce Powers and Major Bruce Chan, as well as his extended OUPD family.

Rob was preceded in death by his grandparents: Jerome and Marjorie Hayes (KS), and Rochus and Katherine Voeller (ND).

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Primrose Funeral Service Chapel, Norman, OK.

In lieu of flowers, Rob requested that memorials be made to the Major Robert J. Voeller Scholarship fund at the OU Foundation. When giving online type VOELLER in the fund name at: https://giving.oufoundation.org/OnlineGivingWeb/Giving/OnlineGiving/devmain or send a check made payable to the OU Foundation, PO Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-8856. Please write Major Robert J. Voeller Scholarship (Fund #33923) on the memo line. Donations are tax-deductible.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Please feel free to sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Judi Voeller, Wife
  • Michael Sanford Voeller, Son
  • Joseph Sanford Voeller, Son
  • Al Voeller, Father
  • Lois Voeller, Mother
  • David Voeller, Brother
  • Rebekah Voeller, Sister-in-law
  • Roger Voeller, Brother
  • Caren Voeller, Sister-in-law
  • Jon Voeller, Brother
  • Merry Voeller, Sister-in-law
  • Phillip Voeller, Brother
  • Danielle Voeller, Sister-in-law
  • Linda Right, Sister
  • David Right, Brother-in-law
  • Joyce Powers, Friend
  • Major Bruce Chan, Friend
  • Jerome and Marjorie Hayes (KS) (Deceased), Maternal Grandparents
  • Rochus and Katherine Voeller (ND) (Deceased), Paternal Grandparents
  • Survivors also include many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends, as well as his extended OUPD Family.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Voeller , Honorary
  • Roger Voeller , Honorary
  • Jon Voeller , Honorary
  • Phillip Voeller, Honorary
  • Linda Right, Honorary

Services

15 November

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Primrose Funeral Service Chapel

1109 N Porter Ave
Norman, Oklahoma 73071

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Karen Renfroe

November 14, 2019

Rob leaves a lasting legacy. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends.

Lynne Sienon

November 14, 2019

I Love You Rob. RIP

Duncan Burgess

October 31, 2019

I worked with Rob for more than 27 years. He was an intelligent, very capable man who was completely reliable. Perhaps one of his greatest qualities was his innate decency. We were both very interested in history and I have always thought of him as an old school "honorable gentleman".

Anne Manna

October 31, 2019

to Judi and family, please know that Tony and I are holding you in prayer as you begin this new season of your life. May the love of family and friends, and the promises of our Savior, Jesus Christ, give you comfort and peace in the days and weeks ahead.
33 & 88, Anne, WB1ARU & Tony, WA1ENO

Michelle and Joe Carter

October 30, 2019

Rob was a fine neighbor, a thoughtful friend and a terrific father and husband we discovered and appreciated during the years we have lived next door. Rob's loyalty to his family, plus his dedicated service to the University of Oklahoma, the City of Norman and his neighborhood are an inspiration and richness that long will be remembered and be an inspiration to us.

Allan Dupuis

October 29, 2019

Our paths crossed many times over the years. He was a dedicated officer and a good guy.
Sgt. Allan Dupuis, Retired Norman PD

Stewart Snider

October 29, 2019

Rob will always hold high regard in my mind having attended DRE school with him years ago. He took his job seriously and mastered everything the first time. Astute to details, quick to act and still great to be around. There are countless lives saved because of Rob's DRE skills and I'm sure he's getting to see fruits of his labor. Rob always had a smile, enjoyed life, work, and willing to lend a hand every time. God bless his family and friends.

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Dave, Jon, Rob, Al, Roger

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Dave, Jon, Rob, Al, Roger

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David, Roger, Rob, Jon, Phil

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The Voeller Family

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Rob & Jared

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Roger, Rob, Jon, Linda, Phil, Dave

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Biography

Robert J. Voeller, 62, of Norman passed away Saturday October 26, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Rob was born March 12, 1957 in Manhattan, KS to Al and Lois (Hayes) Voeller. On May 20, 1995 he married Judi Sanford (from Parsippany, NJ) at Goodrich United Methodist Church in Norman.
Rob graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa, OK in May 1975. He served as a resident advisor while at OU and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in history in December 1981.

Rob’s lifelong passion was serving the university community and those who worked with him. He began his career with the University of Oklahoma Police Department in January 1982 and served through June 2016. His first position was a Community Service Officer and then he became a certified police officer. Rob worked his way through the ranks including Corporal, Lieutenant, and retired as a Major.
Major Voeller was a certified instructor and received several awards over his career including Community Policing Officer. He held a number of specialized certifications such as Drug Recognition Expert, Accident Reconstruction, Field Sobriety, etc.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 24 ½ years, Judi, of Norman; sons: Michael Sanford Voeller and Joseph Sanford Voeller, both of Norman; parents: Al and Lois Voeller of Tulsa; siblings and their spouses: David and Rebekah Voeller of Bellevue, WA, Roger and Caren Voeller of Littleton, CO, Jon and Merry Voeller of Norman, Phillip and Danielle Voeller of Kirkland, WA, and Linda and David Right of Claremore, OK; also many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends including Joyce Powers and Major Bruce Chan, as well as his extended OUPD family.

Rob was preceded in death by his grandparents: Jerome and Marjorie Hayes (KS), and Rochus and Katherine Voeller (ND).

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Primrose Funeral Service Chapel, Norman, OK.

In lieu of flowers, Rob requested that memorials be made to the Major Robert J. Voeller Scholarship fund at the OU Foundation. When giving online type VOELLER in the fund name at: https://giving.oufoundation.org/OnlineGivingWeb/Giving/OnlineGiving/devmain or send a check made payable to the OU Foundation, PO Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-8856. Please write Major Robert J. Voeller Scholarship (Fund #33923) on the memo line. Donations are tax-deductible.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Please feel free to sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com.