Melvin Christian "Mel" Vogeler, 91 of Traer died at home of a sudden illness on Thursday, February 10, 2011. A visitation was held on Tuesday, February 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Overton Funeral Home, Traer. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, February 16, 1:30 p.m. at Overton Funeral Home, Traer. Military Honors provided by the United States Marine Corp Honor Guard and the Traer American Legion Honor Guard were also performed. Internment is at Dysart Cemetery.
Melvin Christian "Mel" Vogeler, 91, of Traer, was born on February 8, 1920 in Faulkton, S.D. He was the son of John and Erma Border Vogeler. Mel attended school in the Faulkton area and entered the Marine Corps during World War II. While on leave he met Ethel Kelly on a trip from Aberdeen, S.D. to Faulkton. Mel and Ethel were married on July 10, 1945 in San Diego, Calif.
Mel was a farmer his entire life and retired in 1985. He loved deer hunting, fishing, and gardening. Mel especially loved spending time with his family and his grandkids. He was a member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Traer.
Mel died on Thursday evening, February 10, 2011 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Roberta Tille, Gertrude Junge, Bernice Vogeler, Irene Kanke , Frances Walgamuth, Helen Carr and Leona Formanek and brothers Harold Vogeler, Everett Vogeler, Vernon Vogeler, Clarence Vogeler and Leonard Vogeler. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ethel of Traer, sons Mike (Hala) Vogeler of West Des Moines, John (Diane) Vogeler of Maxwell, Joel (Deb) Vogeler of Marshalltown and Paul (Stephanie) of Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Lynn (Richard) McClanathan of Long Beach, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin Vogeler of Traer and 2 sisters, Lavina Wuger of Faulkton, S.D. and Dorothy (Odies) Gilbert of Boulder City, Nev.
As a show of sympathy, memorial contributions should be directed to Mel's church, St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 207 Taylor, Traer, Iowa.