Albert Emil Vossler II, M.D., passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dr. Vossler was born July 26, 1939, in Detroit to Dr. Albert and Virginia (Bales) Vossler.
He was raised in Grosse Pointe, Mich. He earned a B.S. and Master's of Biology from Eastern Michigan University, and his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1968.
Dr. Vossler went on to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force as a general surgeon at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., during the Vietnam era from 1970-72, rising to the rank of major.
Following his military service, he completed a residency in orthopedic surgery in Denver at the University of Colorado. Dr. Vossler then moved with his family to St. Joseph, where he began a private practice in 1976, and retired in 1992.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joanne (Adams). He is also survived by his son, Michael; daughter, Julia; sister, Carol; four grandchildren, Albert Vossler IV (Taylor), Hanna Vossler, Henry Vossler and Charles Watters; daughters-in-law, Cathy and Heidi; and son-in-law, Kevin. Dr. Vossler was preceded in death by his son, Albert Vossler III, in 2018.
Dr. Vossler was a proud member of the Orthopedic Guild, served as president of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and as team doctor for the St. Joseph High School football team.
One of his many loves was sailing the Great Lakes and down the East Coast of Canada and the United States. He was also an avid skier (National Ski Patrol member for four years) pianist, billiard player and golfer.
Additionally, he became an accomplished woodworker in his retirement, spending many hours in his woodshop in St. Joe creating and building furniture for his friends and family and donating pieces to charity.
Later in life, he authored three books, which chronicled his life, adventures, numerous acquaintances and experiences with a large dose of humor.