William Joseph Vogler, 76, Lake LemonNovember 23, 2020
On November 19, 2020, William Joseph Vogler, otherwise known to family and friends as BillyV, Bill, Uncle Bill, and Billy Goat, passed peacefully from this earth at his Lake Lemon home.
He was born on November 15, 1944 in Jasper, Indiana as the seventh child to Martin and Louise Vogler, and was raised with his thirteen siblings in a 3-bedroom German-Catholic household. After a tough childhood and a tumultuous adolescence, he escaped small-town life and mindset by joining the United States Air Force. The military afforded him the opportunity to, and later inspired him to, travel the world. The GI Bill also gave him the chance at an education. He enrolled at Duke University, where he was a member of the second-ever graduating class of Physician Assistants in the world. He proudly wore his love of Duke permanently on his arm.
He moved to Chesapeake City, Maryland and worked for several decades at E.I. DuPont, where he held positions in human resources, medical, and material safety. The job allowed him to pursue his true-life passions of running and bicycling with friends. Despite smoking cigarettes and hydrating with Coors Light, he became an accomplished competitor in these fields as well as that of a triathlete. He often reminisced of these accomplishments, challenging others to try and beat his times which he was quick to verify with weathered pages of old results. The times were fast and hard to beat, including a lifetime personal best marathon of 2 hours and 48 minutes.
He made lifelong best friends from his cycling teams in Maryland. He traveled the globe to race and see the world with them from two wheels. He cherished those times, trips, and friends more than anything in his life.
He was married twice, and divorced the same, but was always a romantic at heart.
He retired on New Year’s Eve 1999, to make sure he did not have to work in two separate centuries. He moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, where he cultivated his hobbies of fishing, biking, and gardening. Most of all, he enjoyed hosting family and friends for food, drinks, fun, and games. A friend to all, he never turned down a visitor. He cherished most preparing holiday meals with family. In 2017, he boldly rode out hurricane Irma against all evacuation orders, and proudly ventured outside to provide weather updates to family and friends.
In 2019, he moved back to southern Indiana to be closer to his beloved family. He greatly enjoyed designing, building, and decorating his beautiful lakefront home. He loved watching the birds, rowers, fishermen, and all who frequented the waters off his back porch. He welcomed any visitor with a drink and a conversation. He knew no foe and trusted all, never locking the door to his house or car in 76 years of life.
He grew closer to Indiana family and friends in his last years, all while continuing to nurture friendships afar with frequent phone calls and messages. He looked forward to regular visits from family and friends, both old and new. He enjoyed back porch discussions of sports, politics, and life with all who came to see him.
He passed away peacefully after his last weeks on Earth. By chance, he had a number of recent visitors from near and far. He won his last-ever Euchre game over a meal of fresh venison. He was found resting calmly in his cycling clothes, undoubtedly back from his beloved daily bike ride with a glass of wine nearby, ESPN playing on the television, and the lake in plain view.
He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Louise Vogler, siblings Donald Vogler, Linda Giesler, Mary Jane Cordon, Georgina Rowland, and Gregory Vogler. He is survived by siblings Kenneth Vogler (Belen, NM), Carol Schmitt (Ireland, IN), Nancy Foerster (Chicago, IL), Judy Steiner (Carmel, IN), Kathy Whitten (San Diego, CA), Richard Vogler (Captain Cook, HI), Christine Harmon (Morgantown, IN), Anthony Vogler (Jasper, IN), and a trove of nieces and nephews that come from a German-Catholic family of fourteen children.
In lieu of flowers or donations, he would probably rather all of us go for a bike ride, celebrate with a Coors Light, or play of game of cards with friends. There will be no service, but a very large party will occur when times are safe again. At his request, his ashes will be shot into the air in a display of fireworks at the annual Vogler family reunion, returning him to the southern Indiana earth from which he came.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com.
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