Vernon Vogel

Vernon F. Vogel, 84, of Kiel passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 19, 2020 at his home after a prolonged illness.

He was born June 13, 1936 in the town of Schleswig, son of the late Arno and Hertha “Hattie” (Schmitt) Vogel. Vern attended Rockville Grade School and Kiel High School.

On Oct. 26, 1957 he was united in marriage to Janice M. Seichter at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, New Holstein. She preceded him in death on Nov. 10, 1996. Vern married the former Agnes Karstaedt on May 4, 1998 and they have enjoyed the past 22 years together.

Vern was a dedicated employee of the Kohler Co. for 42 years until his retirement and a member of Kohler’s Quarter Century Club. He was also a member of the United Church of Christ in Kiel and will be remembered as a man of honor and integrity, one with a strong work ethic and great sense of humor. Vern was an outdoorsman by nature, an avid hunter and fisherman generously sharing his knowledge and skill with family and friends. As a longtime member of the Kiel Fish and Game, he also raised pheasants and shot trap. He loved to camp. But above all, Vern had a deep love of family. As a devoted father of six, he shared his legacy of simple honest living which lives on in each of them and will continue to live on for generations to come.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes; children Diane (Tim) Reil of Plymouth; Debra (Jack) Jaakkola of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Steve (Kathy) Vogel of New Holstein; Brenda (Bob) Johnson of St. Cloud; Julie (James) Norton of Carlisle, Ohio; and Lisa Lefeber of Chilton; and grandchildren Carley Marie Reil, Justin Vogel (Hallie), Brent Vogel (Abby), Stacey (Kevin) Sesing, Kelly Krebsbach (Chris), Jessica (Eric) Schwartzmiller, Tarah Bauman, and Taylor Bauman. Vern is further survived by six great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Keith Hassinger; sister-in-law Rose Vogel; along with brothers- and sisters-in-law of the Seichter and Karstaedt families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Janice; great-grandchild Alyssa Vogel; brothers, Fred Vogel, Rueben (Loretta) Vogel, Elroy Vogel, Arlen (Betty Jane) Vogel, and Donald (Elaine) Vogel; and sisters Lucinda (Melvin) Happel, Ellen (Norman) Lehrke, Elaine (Joe) Lisowe, Betty Niemuth, Judy Hassinger, Elvira (Clarence) Richter and Mabel (Al) Lenz.

Private family services were held at Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, Kiel. Entombment followed at Garden of Peace Mausoleum, Kohler.

Vern’s family would like to thank Dr. Hollingsworth for the many years of care and compassion. They would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for keeping him in his home and comfortable for the months preceding his death.

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