Richard August Vogel


October 23, 1937 - February 20, 2012





Richard August Vogel was born October 23, 1937 to August and Erna (Semmler) Vogel at Armour SD.  The family moved to the Ethan area and Richard graduated from Ethan High School.  He enlisted in the Air Force in 1954.

On December 26, 1958 he married (Mary) Joann Olson in Mitchell.  To their union two sons were born:  Rick Vogel, Faribault MN and Randy (Kelly) Vogel, Hastings, MI.

He served in the military for twenty-one years including the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal by President Nixon May 28, 1969.  He was also awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal September 18, 1972.  Richard retired from the Air Force as a personal superintendent in September 1975 with the Rank of Master Sergeant.

He worked as the Veteran Service Officer for Davison County from July 1976 and in 1995 the Welfare Office was added to his position.  He retired December 17, 2004.

He was a long time member of the First Lutheran Church and also a member of the DAV and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Joann; two sons:  Rick and Randy (Kelly); one grandson, Ryan Vogel of Hastings, MI and three granddaughters: Kayla Vogel of Hastings, MI, Jennifer (Stephen) Vogel Knoll and Morgan Vogel of Virginia; two great-grandchildren of Virginia; four siblings:  one sister, Anita (Duane) Honomichl of Mitchell, three brothers:  Calvin (Judy) Vogel and Leland (Grace) Vogel both of Mitchell, Byron Vogel of Minnesota and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Erna Vogel; his brothers:  Raymond and Kenneth Vogel; his sister-in-law, Barbara Vogel and his parents-in-law, Hans and Lela Olson.


Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church of Mitchell.



Friday, February 24, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, February 25, 2012
2:00 PM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Yvonne Otten on February 24, 2012
Thinking about you today as I have all week. We will be there to see you as soon as Kim gets home from Arkansas.
Posted by Dean Sorenson on February 23, 2012
Joanne, your friends and classmates of Mitchell/'57 are sharing your sorrow on the lose of Richard. We're offering prayers for comfort and peace for you and your family.
Posted by Shiela & Bob Auske on February 23, 2012
Joanne and Family we are thinking of your family in these hard times you are all in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Gloria Hight on February 23, 2012
Joann I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I always enjoyed chatting with you guys at Burger King. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Posted by James, Lois Kathryn & Jeffery Marburger on February 23, 2012
Our prayers of peace and comfort are sent to ya'll from Texas. It's times like this that being so far away really is hard. I think of my South Dakota family often and wish we were closer. Love to all!
Posted by Priscilla Klintworth on February 23, 2012
We were so sorry to hear the news of Richard's death. We are so glad we were all together in July 2011 - how did we know what was going to happen before we saw each other again? May Jesus wrap His loving arms around you all as you grieve. We will see you Friday night.

Lots of love from: Priscilla & Mitch, Dan & Kim, and Nate Klintworth
Posted by Rube & Pat Adam on February 23, 2012
Joann & family, We were so sorry to hear about Richard. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.
Posted by Maggie Eliason on February 23, 2012
Joanne, Floyd and I are so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Sharon Eaton on February 22, 2012
Joanne, Was so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. God be with you and your family in your time of grief.
Posted by Mel and Pam Schlaffman on February 22, 2012
Richard was a great asset to the Vet community. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss.
Posted by Andrea Morenz on February 22, 2012
Joanne, I am sorry to learn of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Marilyn Hedblom on February 22, 2012
Joanne and family.. I am so sorry to read ofd Richards passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you..
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