On Sunday, November 7, 2021, Jan Wolfgang Voss was granted his wings and entered into eternal peace at the age of 54. A loving husband, father, Opa, uncle, brother and son.
Jan was born in 1967 to his loving and beautiful mother, Brigitte Kruse in Demmin, East Germany. He lived with his mother and grandparents behind the East Berlin Wall growing up and living under Communism until 2 years before the Wall was torn down.
In 1946 his grandfather made an extraordinary decision: He gathered up his young family and moved from democratically governed Hamburg, West Germany to East Germany for work. That was before the wall went up 1961. At that time, you could still travel between both parts of the country.
Jan's memoirs of his life behind the communist Berlin Wall are riveting. He went to Fritz Reuter School in Demmin, East Germany. Studied Car Painting at Edgar Andre Technical College in Zwickau, East Germany. Something Divine occurred and one of his elective courses was the Bible. This is very ironic that a communist country would use the Bible as a history book. Jan Wolfgang Voss was of Christian faith. He graduated Class of 1984.
He led a very fascinating and difficult life when he was an Artillery Officer in the East German Military. Ultimately, he could not agree with this type of government and passionately rebelled against this communist regime which led to serving a brief period of time in Military Prison in 1987. It was nothing less than a miracle that he was released and allowed to go to West Germany. Jan lived a life of sacrifice and was proof that "Freedom isn't Free".
On his path to freedom, he paved his own way. Nothing stopped him from reaching his goals. If it was said, ''You cannot do that" he would overcome any obstacle so that he could. He continued his education studying Organization Consulting, Human Resource Specialist at WBS Hamburg, Germany. He obtained his Master Degree in Business in 2006.
Jan has lived in Demmie, Zwickau, Berlin, Dabel, Lahr, Neuss, Offenburg, Hilchenbach, Hamburg, all in Germany. In 1999 he moved to Dublin, Ireland and worked for Xerox. In 2006 he moved to Hinesville, Ga to help his sister because her husband was serving in the military and deployed overseas. This is how he became acquainted with his future wife.
In 2007 Jan met his soulmate, Glenda Voss. Emotionally he said to her "God sent you as an answer to my prayers". They enjoyed long meaningful conversations, spending time with family, traveling and living life to the fullest.
He was employed as a Senior Call Center Manager - Workforce Management at Continuum Global Solutions. Jan's employment resume included: Branch manager at Enterprise in Hinesville, Jesup and Brunswick, Ga; Director of rental operations of Dan Vaden Rentals DBA Savannah car Rentals, Hinesville and Savannah, Ga; Workforce Management Business Partner at Xerox/ Conduent, US/ Global; Service Operations Manager/ Project Manager/ Group Manager Xerox, Neuss, Germany & Dublin, Ireland.
Jan enjoyed watching his favorite soccer team "Team Germany'', wrestling with his grandchildren and spending time with his family. He looked forward to family Holidays and family gatherings. He loved his wife's cooking, particularly her meatloaf and cheesecake. He loved to travel, especially to the Appalachian Mountains, Jamaica, Grand Canyon, Guatemala, Disney or going anywhere with his grandchildren and family. He loved Technology and was tech savvy. He was always willing to help and loved teaching his grandchildren about technology: educational games, gaming, smart TV.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Helmut and Hildegard Kruse, Uncle Helmut Kruse, Aunt Ina Kruse all from Germany; His Father-in-Law that he always called Dad, Don T. Wright; A special Uncle-in-Law Ronnie Wright and his fur baby Toby.
The loving family he leaves behind to mourn are his precious mother Brigitte Kruse of Hamburg Germany, his wife and best friend Glenda Wright-Voss; his sons: David Voss his beloved son of Lahr Germany, Skyler (Alicia) Hoffer of Bloomingdale, Aaron (Natalie) Hoffer of Savannah; Daughter Whitney (Michael) Deal of Ludowici; 8 Grandchildren whom he loved dearly: Jacquelyn, Jacob, Jace, Arabella, Adalyn, Lane, Zeno and Annagayle; His beloved fur babies; Georgia, Daisy and Buddy; His mother-in-love Anne Wright of Hinesville; Sister SiIke ( Curt ) Caito of Tallahassee, Fl; Brothers Holger (Anja) Voss of Wormersdorf Germany, Andre (Lisa) Rekittke of Hamburg, Germany; Sister-in-Love Debra (Eric) Johanson of Brunswick; Nephews: Andre, Christopher, Zachary, Lennox, Gunnar; Nieces: Allison, Deirdre, Amy, Lucy; Uncles: his best friend and mentor Wolfgang (Ilona) Kruse, Burkhard Kruse, Roland Kruse all from Hamburg, Germany; Aunts: Heidi Janischewski of Germany, his loving aunt Sabine Kruse of Vero Beach, Fl, Aunt-in-love Lynda Miness of Hinesville and numerous family members and friends.
Honorary Friends to name a few; Harry Stuth, Lars Reibel , Heinz-Hubert Strunk, Carolin Meisner, Veleenda Davidson, Fatima Kemp, Cornelia Struck-Reinwand, Uwe Janssen, Ralph Schmaudar, Roland Stelzer, Stephan Bloek, Sinead Scott, Bago Csaba, Frank Beer, Andreas Babiel, Sonja Neuss, Andreas Babiel, Brian Curtin, Peter Hildebrand, Stepanie Manac'h , Karl Schillings, Wolfgang Mertens, Thomas Virgils, Rou Ordones all of Germany and Ireland ; Glenn Pierce, Farrah Thompson, Federico Cali, Glenn Howells, James Warren, Karen Reynolds, Anita Wyatt, Donna and Herbert Stacy, Guillermo Lazzaro; all of his teams from Continuum who work with Wolfgang every day.
Jan was much loved and appreciated by his family members and many friends. His presence will be greatly missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to Jan's celebration of life which will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021at 3:00 pm at The Great Dunes Pavilion - 101 Beachhview Dr. N, Jekyll Island, GA. Jan's family will receive friends and family for one hour prior to the service.
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