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John Vogel
January 23, 1932 - August 28, 2014

John Vogel, 82, of Oelwein passed away on Thursday August 28, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Monday September 1, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with Parish Scripture services at 7:30 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM on Tuesday September 2, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Paul McManus officiating.  He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  Memorials may be directed to the Sacred Heart School and Fontana Park.

John William Vogel was born in Jesup, IA on January 23, 1932 to parents S.G. “Wes” and Esther (McDonald) Vogel.  He graduated from Jesup High School in 1949.  He later graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  John served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War.  On July 6, 1957 John was united in marriage with Ann Keating at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Beattie, KS.

John was an Insurance Agent for over 50 years.  He was a conservationist, having planted over half a million trees up until last fall.  He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, wood working and loved nature.  John was a Creighton Basketball fan.  John also had a sweet tooth, especially for ice cream.  He always had a Dachshund as a companion.

Left to celebrate John’s life is his wife Ann; his children: Matthew J. (Debbie) Vogel of Oelwein, Daniel L. Vogel of Oelwein, Michael L. (Tammy) Vogel of Williamsburg, and Karen K. (Pat) Simpson of Oelwein; his sister Eilene Splinter of Camarillo, CA; his brothers: James Vogel of Jesup and Richard (Mary) Vogel of Independence; his grandchildren: Misty Kimbrough, Kyle (Lynnsey) Jepsen, Tara (Sergio)Holguin, Megan (Nick) Timm, Tyler Vogel, Samantha Vogel, Marissa Simpson and Brent Simpson; 4 great grandchildren, as well as many friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and his sons: Paul and David Vogel. 


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Larry and Wilda Bark on September 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM said:

Our deepest sympathy. We didn't realize he had passed away. John was always very good to us and helped us with our insurance. He always loved to talk. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He will be missed. God Bless
David and Kim Chambers on September 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM said:

John will be dearly missed. We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family. Dave and myself were out of town when our kids called to tell us the news. We are sorry we could not make it but will plan to make a trip to Oelwein and visit Ann and the family very soon.
With all our Love,
Davis and kim Chambers and family
Chuck and Julia Crail St. Ansgar, IA on September 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM said:

We met John when we purchased some property from he and his brother James in August of 2007. The bond that was made that day was immediate. John was a genuine gentleman and always so interested in our project. His love for the land was so evident. He and James have been so encouraging and kind to us and there really are not words enough to say what that has meant to us. He will be dearly missed and we really miss the yearly visits in the Fall to check out the orchard. Our heartfelt condolences to Ann and the family. Thank you John for all that you did for Chuck and I and for believing in our dream. It would not be where it is today without your help.
Joe & Robin Seidel on September 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM said:

John was a great friend and neighbor to us. We enjoyed all our conversations with him and loved his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His family is in our prayers and especially Ann.
Cyndi Suarez on August 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM said:

I met John through my friend Tammy. He was always welcoming and very kind. I got to see him in June when I was visiting from Texas. My deepest sympathies to the family.
Jim and Alice Stanek on August 30, 2014 at 5:52 PM said:

John was my insurance agent when I moved back to Oelwein, later he was our neighbor on 4th Ave. Always had a sense of community and well being about him. Condolences to Ann and family.
Lyle & Nancy Miller on August 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM said:

Our sincere condolences to the family. John always had a smile and a wit about him that you had to appreciate. He'll be missed by many people.
Jolene (Cherrier) Rhea on August 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM said:

John will be missed. I remember him so well from growing up on 4th Avenue. John always made us laugh. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Reg & Millie Thornton, Mpls, MN on August 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM said:

Knew John as co-worker, neighbor and personal insurance agent for over 50 years. While not seeing him often in recent years his presence will certainly be missed nonetheless. Our sympathy and comforting wishes to Ann and the Family.

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