Troy D. Voigt worked for, owned and operated Voigt Bus Companies for close to 40 years. He was an industry leader known for his work with International Motor Group (IMG) and as the former President of the Minnesota Charter Bus Operators Association (MCBOA).
Voigt died Oct. 30 with family by his side at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, Minnesota. He was 53.
Voigt died courageously battling yet another round of cancer, said his good friend Rick Thielen, Co-Owner and Founder of Thielen Coaches, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
“He fought this terrible disease with the same integrity and strength with which he has led this company for so many years, and all your thoughts, prayers and support over this long battle were greatly felt and appreciated by Troy, and by all of us,” wrote Thielen, who served on the MCBOA board with Voigt and succeeded him as president.
“Troy was extremely well respected, and his opinion and advice was well valued,” Thielen wrote in a tribute. “We will miss Troy as an industry leader and as a friend and confidant.”
‘Example of working to live’
Brian Scott, President of Escot Bus Lines in Largo, Florida, described Voigt as a “great friend, industry leader, and a person everyone respected and looked up to.”
Jonathan Moody, Vice President of Holiday Tours in Randleman, North Carolina, said he built a friendship with Voight over their time spent in IMG and in 20 other groups over the last several years.
“Something about how he led and talked about his organization always intrigued me, and then I realized … he was a living example of working to live, not living to work. He loved talking about his business, but not nearly as much as he loved talking about his family. He will be sincerely missed,” Moody wrote.
Bronwyn Wilson, President of IMG, described Voigt as someone who was always willing to lend a helping hand.
“Troy was a great friend to many in IMG and will also be remembered for his willingness to assist and his passion for the business. Just a really good guy who will be sorely missed,” Wilson wrote in an online guestbook.
Services are Nov. 5
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta. The Rev. Erik Lundgren will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday and after 9 a.m. on Saturday at the St. Mary Help of Christians Parish Center in St. Augusta. Livestreaming will be available through St. Mary Help of Christians Facebook page.
“Troy enjoyed tinkering, finding good deals, hunting, motor sports, motorcycle trips, and cooking. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and was fondly known as “Super Grandpa,” according to his obituary.
After graduating from St. Cloud Technical High School, he married his childhood sweetheart, Tracey Titus, in 1988 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.
In addition to Tracey, he is survived by their children, Cortney (Chad) Ely of Richmond, and Wesley (Micaela) Voigt of St. Augusta; grandchildren Boden, Daxon, Livia Ely and Sadie and Joslyn Voigt; parents Darwin “Butch” and Mary Voigt; siblings Lea (Brad) McStott, Tracy “Louie” Voigt and Lance (Tabitha) Voigt; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.