Walter C. Vogel, 75, of 14455 County Road 66-A, St. Marys, died at 4:14 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2012, at St. Marys Living Center.
He was born on Feb. 1, 1937, in Medina, to Edward and Lillian (Pritchard) Vogel, and they preceded him in death.
On June 20, 1959, in Kenton, he married Ann L. Oberlitner, and she survives.
He is also survived by a daughter, Peggy (Rob) McMurry of Galena; two grandchildren, Russell McMurry and Caroline McMurry; two brothers, James Vogel of St. Marys and Robert Vogel of St. Marys; two sisters, Wanda Dammeyer of St. Marys and Jeannette Quellhorst of New Bremen.
He was preceded in death by a son, Eric Vogel in 1981; a brother, George Vogel.
He was a 1955 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and attended The Ohio State University.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys and also spent a number of years as a field reporter for the Auglaize County Farm Services Agency.
His memberships included St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, where he was a deacon and trustee, the American Legion Post 323, Eagles Lodge Aerie 767, Van Wert Radio Club and Reservoir Amateur Radio Association.
He was a licensed amateur radio operator, call sign “WB8FNB”.
Walt was a proponent of alternative energy and included solar panels and a windmill in the design of his home.
He absolutely loved to fly and was in the process of building his eighth airplane.
Funeral rites are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 201 N. Perry St., St. Marys, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray officiating.
Burial, with full graveside military honors, will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Miller – Long & Folk Funeral Home, 314 W. High St., St. Marys.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Paul’s UCC building maintenance fund.
Online condolences may be expressed via MillerFuneralHomes.net.