Arthur R. Voss

Nov. 30, 1927 – February 23, 2023

Our Warrior has passed into the beautiful light and has begun another Spirit Journey. Art accepted his final assignment after living his life to its fullest extent on February 23, 2023.

Art was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Art and Thelma. They relocated to Miami, Florida when Art was a child, and began their lives as Southern Floridians. 

Art’s call to duty began at the end of WWII. He was assigned as a military guard for General MacArthur in Japan. As WWII ended, he was immediately called for duty for the Korean War. As a Communications Army Field Wire Chief, his unit was engaged in many battles, Bloody Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, and several others. Art was one of the few who survived the battle at the Chosin Reservoir in Nov-Dec 1950. The “Reservoir” is now legend as are its “Chosin Few” survivors. 

Art returned to civilian life and began a career in law enforcement with the Miami Police Department as a motorcycle officer. Art was a member of the Motors Drill Team that were World Champions in the 1960s. In this capacity, he met many celebrities and persons of fame. 

Art became a U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Florida and after a few years, became a U.S. Customs Officer in the Florida Harbor District, then transferred to the Southern Arizona Border where he served as a U.S. Customs Inspector in Nogales, Arizona, and U.S. Customs Patrol Officer. 

During his time in Customs Patrol, he became the President of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), representing U.S. Customs employees in the Southern Arizona Ports of Entry. This was his true calling, helping employees with their challenges. Art continued his work with NTEU and held the office of National Vice President in Washington D.C., working with employee issues and U.S. Customs needs in Congress. 

Art made his home in Nogales, Patagonia, and Corona de Tucson. Having patrolled in Southern Arizona for such a long time, he was acquainted with the beautiful area and was especially fond of the San Rafael Valley and his many rancher friends. 

Art leaves his wife of 40 years, Emma Matus-Voss; daughters Aimee Varela (Rick), Debbie Palmer (Robert), Elaine Forlani (David); niece Sandra Butler (Eddie); sons Roger and Adam; grandchildren James, Ellianna, Kayleigh, Jacen and Tiffany; sister-in-law Cindy Matus-Morriss (Ron); father-in-law William Matus, in addition to many family members and law enforcement partners, many of whom were considered family, and friends.

Rest in Peace Warrior and relish in your time in the light. The memories you have left us will be remembered forever. 

To honor Art’s wishes, there will not be any services at this time. Please celebrate his memory with joy in your hearts for a life well lived.