Oliver F. Vogel, 88

Oliver F. Vogel of West Bend passed away on Aug. 13, 2012, at the age of 88.

He was born on June 7, 1924, to William and Alma (nee Nicholaus) Vogel. He was united in marriage to Betty E. Leake on June 7, 1947, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

Oliver is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty; and four children, Kathleen (Gerald) Barbian, Laurie (Alan) Aleksandrowicz, William (Joyce) Vogel and Randall (Susan) Vogel; grandchildren, Brian Barbian, Michael Aleksandrowicz, Elizabeth (James) Stamatokos, John (Jennie) Aleksandrowicz, Lawrence (Sara) Vogel, Julie (Paul) Fagley, Daniel Vogel, Oliver R. Vogel, Alexander (Elizabeth) Vogel, Abigail Vogel; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leona Kurtz and Violet (Dale) Frank; and other relatives and friends.

He was a lifetime member of Davidís Star Evangelical Lutheran Church and a past member of the church council. He started the Cedar Valley 4-H Club, which later became the Kirchhayn Trotters 4-H Club. He also started the Dairyland Softball League.

After his barn was struck by lightning that killed most of his milk cows in April 1954, Oliver started Vogel Seed & Fertilizer (now known as Spring Valley Turf). He was president for 35 years.

He was a member of the past Jackson Business Association. In 1970, Oliver was appointed a director of the Jackson State Bank and also became a director of the Fertilizer Association. In 1976, he was a member of the MATC Advisory Committee. Oliver received the Wisconsin Ag. Dealer of the Year Award in 1988. He was a member of the town of Jackson Planning Commission for 22 years and also served as chairman on the board of appeals. Oliver helped start the Jackson Senior Citizens organization.

Oliver was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin daughters; one brother, Elmer; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

He enjoyed family gatherings, traveling, reading, golfing and dancing.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. at Davidís Star Ev. Lutheran Church, 2740 Davidís Star Drive, Jackson, with Pastors Kurt Loescher and Martin Janke presiding. Interment will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Memorials to Davidís Star Ev. Lutheran Church, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School or Cedar Community are appreciated. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assiting the family.