William Joseph Vogler

November 15, 1944November 19, 2020

On November 19, 2020, William Joseph Vogler, otherwise known to family and friends as BillyV, Bill, Uncle Bill, and Billy Goat, passed peacefully from this earth at his Lake Lemon home.

He was born on November 15, 1944 in Jasper, Indiana as the seventh child to Martin and Louise Vogler, and was raised with his thirteen siblings in a 3-bedroom German-Catholic household. After a tough childhood and a tumultuous adolescence, he escaped small-town life and mindset by joining the United States Air Force. The military afforded him the opportunity to, and later inspired him to, travel the world. The GI Bill also gave him the chance at an education. He enrolled at Duke University, where he was a member of the second-ever graduating class of Physician Assistants in the world. He proudly wore his love of Duke permanently on his arm.

He moved to Chesapeake City, Maryland and worked for several decades at E.I. DuPont, where he held positions in human resources, medical, and material safety. The job allowed him to pursue his true-life passions of running and bicycling with friends. Despite smoking cigarettes and hydrating with Coors Light, he became an accomplished competitor in these fields as well as that of a triathlete. He often reminisced of these accomplishments, challenging others to try and beat his times which he was quick to verify with weathered pages of old results. The times were fast and hard to beat, including a lifetime personal best marathon of 2 hours and 48 minutes.

He made lifelong best friends from his cycling teams in Maryland. He traveled the globe to race and see the world with them from two wheels. He cherished those times, trips, and friends more than anything in his life.

He was married twice, and divorced the same, but was always a romantic at heart.

He retired on New Year’s Eve 1999, to make sure he did not have to work in two separate centuries. He moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, where he cultivated his hobbies of fishing, biking, and gardening. Most of all, he enjoyed hosting family and friends for food, drinks, fun, and games. A friend to all, he never turned down a visitor. He cherished most preparing holiday meals with family. In 2017, he boldly rode out hurricane Irma against all evacuation orders, and proudly ventured outside to provide weather updates to family and friends.

In 2019, he moved back to southern Indiana to be closer to his beloved family. He greatly enjoyed designing, building, and decorating his beautiful lakefront home. He loved watching the birds, rowers, fishermen, and all who frequented the waters off his back porch. He welcomed any visitor with a drink and a conversation. He knew no foe and trusted all, never locking the door to his house or car in 76 years of life.

He grew closer to Indiana family and friends in his last years, all while continuing to nurture friendships afar with frequent phone calls and messages. He looked forward to regular visits from family and friends, both old and new. He enjoyed back porch discussions of sports, politics, and life with all who came to see him.

He passed away peacefully after his last weeks on Earth. By chance, he had a number of recent visitors from near and far. He won his last-ever Euchre game over a meal of fresh venison. He was found resting calmly in his cycling clothes, undoubtedly back from his beloved daily bike ride with a glass of wine nearby, ESPN playing on the television, and the lake in plain view.

He was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Louise Vogler, siblings Donald Vogler, Linda Giesler, Mary Jane Cordon, Georgina Rowland, and Gregory Vogler. He is survived by siblings Kenneth Vogler (Belen, NM), Carol Schmitt (Ireland, IN), Nancy Foerster (Chicago, IL), Judy Steiner (Carmel, IN), Kathy Whitten (San Diego, CA), Richard Vogler (Captain Cook, HI), Christine Harmon (Morgantown, IN), Anthony Vogler (Jasper, IN), and a trove of nieces and nephews that come from a German-Catholic family of fourteen children.

In lieu of flowers or donations, he would probably rather all of us go for a bike ride, celebrate with a Coors Light, or play of game of cards with friends.

There will be no service, but a very large party will occur when times are safe again. At his request, his ashes will be shot into the air in a display of fireworks at the annual Vogler family reunion, returning him to the southern Indiana earth from which he came.

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William Joseph Vogler

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Martha Wallin

November 29, 2020

Dear Vogler Family,
My children, Mark and Kristen, and I wanted to express our condolences to you upon Bill's passing. The obituary you wrote so captures the essence of Bill; he definitely was "one of a kind".

You all were always so warm and welcoming to me when I joined your family get togethers; I especially remember the Thanksgiving celebrations. I have never seen so much turkey in one place!


Dennis Whitesel

November 26, 2020

Bill was a great friend, competitor and all around wonderful person. He would truly give you the shirt off his back. I consider it a great privilege to have known him and call him friend. He will be missed but never forgotten, and neither will the annual Vogler ride followed by crab feast at his home in Chesapeake City. God Bless You Bill

Terry Wiley

November 25, 2020

Dear Vogler Family,
My deepest sympathy to your family on the recent loss of your beloved Bill.
I had the pleasure of working at the DuPont Chambers Works plant with Bill. I also, with a group of other runners, usually trailing behind Bill, enjoyed foot races daily at work and on most weekends in Delaware and Maryland.
I had heard Bill had moved to Florida and had hoped to have visited him there but never made it; l deeply regret not doing so, for one more cold beer and a great laugh 😂
Terry Wiley BG RET, USA

Mike Barker

November 25, 2020

I knew Bill as we were running buddies when he lived in Wilmington. We worked out together at the Tower Hill track, and ran many races, each one hoping for a PR. I considered Bill a role model, and really admired him as an accomplished distance runner. Blessings to his family and friends as you celebrate memories and honor his legacy.

Cheryl Moeller

November 24, 2020

We didn’t know your uncle but he certainly lived a full life. I am sure that big personality will be missed but I am also sure you all have many many great memories. What a guy. David and Cheryl Moeller

Dennis Witmer MD

November 24, 2020

I was very saddened to here of Bill's death.
In the 80's and 90's I often competed against bill in running races and duathlons-mostly seeing his backside!!
I remember The liberty Biathlon in Newark and several Barnyard biathlons in Dover where we were literally neck and neck at the finish.
He was as gracious in victory as he was as a runner up--never a looser!
I only wish I would have pursued him in closer friendship.

Dennis R Witmer MD

Constance Gervasi

November 23, 2020

My name is Constance and I was the private tour guide/driver for the Voglers when Bill travelled down under (to NZ) with Rich, Zeke and Bart a year or so ago.

I only met Bill the once but it was memorable and he was quite the character. I will never forget that he opted to stay behind one day in order to watch the Superbowl (and in the process missed the spectacular sights of the Milford Sounds).

I know he will be sorely missed by his travelling buddies with their frequent hands of poker to determine who buys the drinks.

May you rest in peace Bill and know that this last round is on me.

Nancy Foerster

November 23, 2020

Farewell Dear Brother 😥🙏

Ride high in the sky

Waving proud to us goodbye

Putting kickstand down

(Japanese Hakui) Nancy Foerster

Kristen Gawronski

November 23, 2020

Bill was our next door neighbor for about 20 years. Every year he would host the Tour de Vogler in September. One that day at least 50 cars would park up and down the street and everyone would get their bikes off their cars and head out for Chestertown. The energy was amazing! I'll miss you Bill!

dennis smith

November 22, 2020

I will miss BillyV and his presence in this world. What a guy. Have enjoyed many miles in my cycling life, much of the most intense enjoyable ones with Bill. The 'Crab Feast' he would put on at his Maryland home every year is still the highlight of his Team Delaware teammates and invited guests. Ride on and whatever else Billy we've enjoyed your company Sir.


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