LAWRENCE W. VOGEL

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VOGEL Colonel LAWRENCE W. VOGEL "Larry" U.S. Army (Ret.) Lawrence W. Vogel (age 94) passed away after a brief illness on December 18, 2014. A graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1942, Colonel Vogel proudly served his country over the course of three decades. A member of the Corps of Engineers, he was involved in the Normandy invasion during WWII preparing American and allied landing fields throughout France. After the war, he served in a variety of assignments in the United States. Transferred to Berlin, Germany in 1960, Col. Vogel served as Chief of Staff to the Commanding General of the Berlin Brigade during the crisis instigated by construction of the Berlin Wall. Returning Stateside in 1962, Col. Vogel eventually retired from the military and accepted a senior position with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For 12 years, Col. Vogel served as Director of NASA Headquarters Administration and was proud to be a part of NASA's very successful manned space programs highlighted in the Apollo lunar missions. After retirement from public service in 1986, Col. Vogel remained very active in West Point and NASA retiree activities. In retirement, Larry loved to bowl, play golf, fish Virginia's Shenandoah River, tend to his garden, and, most importantly, play an active role in his church. He was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and a very proud grandfather/great grandfather. He is survived by a brother and sister, Richard Vogel and Marjorie Massa; two sons, Ronald (Barbara) and James (Barbara); five grandchildren, Lauren Jenkins (Scott), Jeffrey Vogel (Courtney),Meagan Guzek (Chris), Jesse Vogel, and Jordan Vogel; and 12 great grandchildren. His beloved wife of 62 years, Rosemarie, passed away in 2004. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Demaine Funeral home at 10565 Main Street, Fairfax City, VA on Sunday, December 28. Funeral services will be held at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3810 Meredith Drive, Fairfax City and 10 a.m. Monday December 29. Interment will be at Fairfax Cemetery immediately following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile Train or to the Army Historical Foundation for the benefit of the National Museum of the United States Army.Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Demaine Funeral home at 10565 Main Street, Fairfax City, VA on Sunday, December 28. Funeral services will be held at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3810 Meredith Drive, Fairfax City and 10 a.m. Monday December 29. Interment will be at Fairfax Cemetery immediately following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile Train or to the Army Historical Foundation for the benefit of the National Museum of the United States Army.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 21, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
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