Edmund Adolph Vogel


Posted: Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Former Juneau resident Edmund Adolph Vogel, 87, died April 28, 2005, at his home in Haines.

He was born Dec. 21, 1917, in Hingham, Mont. He grew up on a wheat farm in northern Montana. He joined the U.S. Army in 1939, and was stationed in Alaska, building runways at Annette and Yakutat, en route to the Aleutian Islands. After World War II, he was a logger in Ketchikan.

He married Lola Kidd in June 1947, in Havre, Mont. They went to Juneau. He worked for Northern Commercial Co. He also worked in automotive repair and helped build Blue Star, one of the first catamarans in Alaska.

In 1959, he and his family moved to Haines. He worked at Connor's Motor garage, as a millwright for Alaska Forest Products, as a custodian for Haines Public School, and as a machinist for the White Pass Railroad in Skagway. He opened Vogel's Repair Shop in Haines.

He served on the Haines City Council. He was a member of American Legion, Lynn Canal Post #12 in Haines for over 40 years. He served as post commander.

He enjoyed local sightseeing, gardening with wild berries, reading and working crossword puzzles.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Vogel; and his son, Rex Vogel.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lola; his son, David Vogel and his wife Jeanie of Skagway; his daughters, Judy Bryan and her husband Rich of Irving, Tex., and Susan Cudnik and her husband Brian of Houston, Tex.; his brothers, Raymond and Samuel Vogel and their families in Havre, Mont.; and his four grandchildren.

A graveside service was May 2 at Jones Point in Haines. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of choice. His family may be reached at P.O. Box 176, Haines, 99827.

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