Frank W. Vogel

Vogel, Frank W.

Frank W. Vogel, age 84, a resident of Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center, formerly of 2422 13th St., Two Rivers, died on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Health Care Center.

Frank was born in Manitowoc on December 10, 1928 to the late Frank J. and Mary (Braun) Vogel. He attended schools in Manitowoc and Mishicot. In January, 1951 he was inducted in to the U.S. Army, serving with Company E 179 Infantry Regiment. He was wounded in action during the Korean War, and taken prisoner of war from June, 1952 until August, 1953. Sgt. Vogel was later honorably discharged and received several military commendations including the Purple Heart. On May 4, 1955, he married Joan M. Krummel at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Mishicot. Joan preceded him in death on March 30, 2004. Frank worked at several area factories, retiring from Hamilton Industries in 1991. During the early 1960's, he also operated a dairy farm in the Two Creeks area; and during the 1970's and 80's he also ran his own wedding photography business. He and Joan volunteered many hours to the Meals-On-Wheels program over the years. He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Two Rivers, and the Men of St. Peter the Fisherman.

Frank was a fun-loving man who loved playing practical jokes, telling stories, fishing, gardening, cooking, woodworking, getting together with family and friends, watching WWF wrestling, and listening to Brewer baseball around a backyard fire. He was a great help to his children whenever needed and to his grandchildren who all have many wonderful memories and stories about Grandpa Frank. Even when his health started failing 2 years ago and he had to move into the nursing home, his positive attitude made life easier for himself and those around him. Frank made many friends at the home and enjoyed the friendship of the caring staff there.

Survivors include his son, Alan (Julie) Vogel of Oregon, WI; his daughters, Julie (Mike) Mixa, and Lori (Allen) LeClair, all of Two Rivers; eight grandchildren, Gretchen Vogel, Andy Vogel, and Jill Vogel; Kelly (Matt) Barden, Tracy Mixa Moreau, Adam (Nicole) Mixa; Holly LeClair & her fiancé, Ashley Bronk, Matthew LeClair & his friend, Samantha Hallada; five great-grandchildren, Kaden Moreau, Anna & Kinley Barden, Charli & Carrera Mixa. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters: Leonard (Louise) Vogel, Bernadine Parizek, and Dorothy Monka, all of Two Rivers; Jerome (Mary) Vogel, and Marie Ourada, all of Denmark; and Vincent (Arlene) Vogel of Mishicot; one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Marilyn (Donald) Bresnahan of Greendale, and George Keil, San Diego, Calif.; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, Joan, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Vogel; and by two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law: Gerald Parizek, Richard Ourada, Rita Horany and Betty Keil.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, 3218 Tannery Rd., Two Rivers. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Peter Mitchell, with burial of his cremated remains to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Two Rivers. Military graveside rites will be accorded by members of the VFW Post #1248 and American Legion Post #165 of Two Rivers.

The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Friday morning after 9:00 a.m. until the time of mass at 10:30 a.m. There will be no Thursday evening visitation.

Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St. Two Rivers is assisting the Vogel family with funeral arrangements.

Frank's family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff of the Manitowoc Health & Rehab Center for the friendship and compassion shown to Frank and his family.


Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from July 24 to July 26, 2013