Jerry Vogel, or Opa as he was affectionately known by many, died on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the age of 82. His spirit is carried on by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, two surviving brothers, and extended family and friends too numerous to count.
Opa was a larger than life presence who was eager to greet all with a hearty handshake and warm smile. He learned the name of each new acquaintance, asked for their life story, and perhaps shared his own in return. He relished a funny anecdote, gave freely of his boisterous laugh, was the loudest singer in Mass (even before his hearing diminished), and was always the first to go back for a second helping of ice cream. But of all of his endearing qualities, optimism and love of family were the most cherished and admired by those he touched.
Opa was born on September 18, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from the Newark Catholic High School in Newark, Ohio, after which he entered the Navy at age 17. He served his country for four years before attending The Ohio State University and graduating in 1963. Opa received his MBA from the University of Cincinnati, was the president of KRV Company, a family real estate company, and belonged to Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the OSU President's Club. He found peace and fulfillment through his significant involvement with St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Opa is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan Lynch Vogel; his three children, Jerome W. Vogel Jr. (Nancy), Thomas A. Vogel (Kelly), Patricia Vogel Ramsey (Chip); his five grandchildren, Katrina Vogel, Brett Vogel, Sean Vogel, Jack Ramsey, and Ava Ramsey; and his two brothers, Elbert Vogel and Jim Vogel. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Vogel and Robert Vogel.
His Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:30 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church (901 NE 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale). In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Wounded Warriors
, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, or St. Anthony Catholic School Foundation.