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John "Jack" Vogel

Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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VOGEL, John “Jack”. Age 90. Passed away peacefully on July 5, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Joan Vogel (nee Muller). Loving father of Jack (Theresa), Judy Storck (Joe) and Janice Feiser (Chuck). Adored Pop of Jessica Plum (Frank), Nicole Sippel (Jeff), Kevin Storck (Samantha), Jack (Meghan), MaryBeth Murray (Adam), Matt (Rachel), Michael Feiser and Daniel Feiser (Haley). Great Poppy to Brianna, Julia, Shawn, Connor, Carter, Mackenzie, Molly, Reese, Mason, Ella, Grace, Nathan and Nolan. Dear brother of the late Dick (Betty) and the late Mary Jean Santry (Jack).

Jack was a great role model and devoted to family, faith and country. Due to the current pandemic, immediate services for Jack will be held privately. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Desired memorial donations may be made to The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, 3300 Station Ave., Center Valley, PA 18034.

Jack was born on March 15, 1930 in Champaign, IL. His father, a master baker and his mother, a proficient seamstress, both emigrated from Germany in 1922. During the Great Depression his parents imparted courage and fortitude in him by never giving up and doing whatever it took to survive. In 1936, Jack was taught the power of prayer by Sister Estallia and he prayed daily, especially to Saint Jude, faith being the foundation of his life.

In May of 1942, after his father got a job with Linton’s Restaurant, his family moved to Philadelphia, and in 1944, he started high school at North Catholic HS. During his high school years, Jack and his brother Dick (the organizer) started “The Cayuga Bears”, a neighborhood football team. Jack learned sign language in order to be able to communicate with some of the deaf players, including his close friend Frankie. In June of 1948, he graduated from North Catholic HS. His summers were spent playing baseball and at one point, he played for three different teams: Cayuga Bears, Driftwood and Novick/Cayuga. He never forgot the game against Richmond Robbins when he caught the ball in his bare right hand and made the double play to win the game.

Jack enlisted in the US Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War. He trained for Air Traffic Control at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. After training he reported to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL and later was stationed in Korea. Before leaving for Korea he connected with Joan, “THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE.” He wrote to Joan constantly during his service and was always excited to get a return letter. He served at the K9 Airfield and in 1953 rotated back home. While stationed at Greenville Airforce Base, he earned his fourth stripe, Staff Sergeant, and was the Tower Chief. When the base formed a baseball team, he was invited to join and later was asked to play for Drew, Mississippi. In June of 1954, he proposed to the love of his life Joan, and on January 10, 1955, he was honorably discharged from the US Air Force.

His first car was bought in 1955 with the money he saved during his time in the service. Jack always believed saving for what you want and paying cash. “You don’t buy anything unless you have the money for it.”-Jack. On October 8th, 1955 Jack and Joan were married at Saint Henry’s Church. They purchased their first home in Levittown, PA in 1957. When Columbia Steel Equipment was bought out by SPS they offered Jack a transfer to a new facility in California. Keeping his family’s best interest at heart, Jack declined the first offer, but when the second offer was made and things had settled down, he accepted, after his requests we honored. At the end of 1959 Jack was offered to move back to Philadelphia and he graciously accepted. He became the plant manager at Columbia. Opportunity presented itself, and Jack and Joan purchased the family home on Rosehill Street for $8500. A fixer upper for sure, it would become his family's castle. After being asked to improve the Inside Sales Department, due to customer complaining, Jack was moved into the Inside Sales Manager position. His dedication and work ethic were noticed, and he was quickly promoted to Regional Sales Manager of the Philadelphia territory. With his new 1962 Plymouth he embarked on the next chapter in his career.

With his savings from investing Jack and Joan purchased a house in North Wildwood. With her decorating talent, Joan made it one of the nicest homes, filling it with love and many memories. Jack cherished the time spent with family and friends.

After his beloved wife Joan passed, Jack shared his memories with his children in a short book. His final words of wisdom were, “YOU are nothing without God”, don’t let all these temptations of life sway you away from HIM. I LOVE YOU ALL, DAD”
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Bob Bruno

Posted at 02:43pm
Wonderful tribute! Really wonderful. I knew Jack from the gym. I was amazed at his energy and ability to get on the treadmill at 90 and work out. In fact, I idolized that small part of him which I knew because I hope so much that I am able to move as well as he did when I get to 90. Jack was a fixture at the gym and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
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Dennis and Vorn

Posted at 10:42am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We love you.
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Donna Kennedy

Posted at 07:58am
Such a nice tribute to your dad. We had so many nice lunches together. We always talked about the Card club and the fun times. So grateful for these memories of him.❤️❤️
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Love, The Zimmer Family

Posted at 11:34pm
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Carolyn Platt

Posted at 04:47pm
Jack and Joan were the best neighbors. What a nice man he was and a beautiful family to prove it. God bless him and May he comfort the family at this time. Love to all. Carolyn Platt
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