Francis Joseph “Timer” Vogler, age 79, of Vicksburg, died Wednesday Sept. 23, 2009, at his home with his wife of 54 years at his side.
He was born in St. Louis, Mo. on June 8, 1930, one of 11 children born to Ernest Ludwig and Pearl Avis (Moore) Vogler. He was a graduate of Normandy High School and later attended St. Louis University. Timer served with the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea and was awarded the United Nations Service Medal. Timer worked in the family business known as Vogler Excavating and later worked building Lutheran churches around the country. He later retired from Simpson Paper Company in 1990.
Timer was married to Marion Taucher on Jan. 22, 1955 in St. Englebert Catholic Church in St. Louis. They continued to reside in St. Louis until moving to Mendon in 1966, and to Vicksburg in 2001. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and working on his family’s genealogy.
Timer is survived by his wife, Marion; seven children, Debra Christiansen (William) of Schoolcraft, Mark Louis Vogler of Three Rivers, Joseph Allen Vogler (Ki Ran) of Mendon, John Anthony Vogler (Leslie) of Mendon, Steven Henry Vogler (Jeanine) of Cutlerville, Susan Elizabeth Sirna (Gregory) of Centreville, and Tony Michael Vogler (Stacy) of Wolverine Lake; twelve grandchildren; three sisters, Delores Rich (Warren) of Chesterfield, Mo., Mary Roots of Foristell, Mo., and Sally Stroer of Arlington, Texas ; two brothers, Herbert Vogler of Lady Lake, Fla., and Fred Vogler of Florissant, Mo.; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Vogler and Ernestine Tull; three brothers, Warren Vogler, Henry Vogler, and Ernest Vogler, Jr.; a son-in-law, Dr. Jack Scobey; and a nephew killed in Vietnam, Gregory Vogler.
The family will receive friends from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon, where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. The funeral mass will be 11 a.m. on Monday, Sep. 28, 2009, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon with Rev. James Vinh Le officiating. Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to either Hospice of Southwest Michigan, or to the West Michigan Cancer Center. Online register is available and condolences may be left at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com