Earthman Southwest Funeral Home

12555 South Kirkwood, Stafford, TX


John Walter Vogelsang Jr.

February 17, 1949February 3, 2020
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It was with great sorrow and deep sadness that we announce that John Walter Vogelsang, Jr. passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the age of 70 surrounded by his loving family.

John was born February 17, 1949 in New Orleans, LA to John and Alma (Courtney) Vogelsang. The family moved to Houston in 1953 where he attended St. Anne’s Catholic School and St. Thomas High School (Class of 67). He then attended Texas A&M University (Class of 71) as part of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band of the Corps of Cadets. On July 14, 1978, he married his honey bunch, Lidia Martinez. They brought into this world their daughter, Courtney Vogelsang and their son, Nick Vogelsang.

John served 25 dedicated years of service as a Houston Police officer. He loved watching the Price Is Right, the Houston Astros, and Texas A&M Football. He loved his grandchildren and was teaching them how to say, “COWABUNGA DUDE”!

John is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lidia, and their beautiful family of two children, Courtney and Nick; daughter-in-law, Kathryn, and his three beautiful grandchildren, Adeline, Fitz, & Evelyn; sister, Jackie Vogelsang Cone. John is preceded in death by his parents, John & Alma, and his sister, Sandra Vogelsang Stoltz.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, February 6 with a Rosary at 7:30 PM at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home, 12555 S Kirkwood Rd, Stafford, Texas 77477. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 7 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 8200 Roos, Houston, Texas at 11:00 AM.

John W. Vogelsang signing off... COWABUNGA DUDE!!


  • Visitation Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Rosary Service Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 8, 2020


John Walter Vogelsang Jr.

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Bob Haltom

February 15, 2020

Vogelsang, a rare, unique name with a special sound. You don't often hear it, unless John was around. We all met John in August of 1967, arriving two weeks early as the new freshman class for the Texas Aggie Band. One of the first "Fish" I met was John, on an incredibly chaotic day , his strong hand shake and bold demeanor took some of the shock out of the day as the upperclassmen threw their nets around us and I began to think we really are a school of fish. Time flew by and all of a sudden John was on the Bugle Rank leading the entire band with 11 other "fish" who had made the four year journey. To bond the class in 67 we ran around the quads singing a Jody that said "raise you eyes up to the sky, the Aggie Band is passing by". NOW, as we lift our eyes up to the sky, we can see John pass us by, making room for us all to join him someday in that "Last Corps" trip. John is the kind of man you only needed to meet once and remember him for a lifetime. There is a poem that always reminds me of a friend who had a long fulfilling life like John, The Paradox of Time, by Henry Austin Dobson, the theme is "Time stays, we go", Lidian, although John has left us to start a new journey, our memories of knowing him are still with us every TIME we think of him. JOHN, remember us as you "Step off on Hullabaloo"...

Gene/Lisa Bujnoch

February 14, 2020

Condolences to the family. We have fond memories of Mr. Vogelsang and hearing all the kind words about him makes us smile.
Gene (STH ‘72) and Lisa (Ags’79)

james b. Sterling, III, BQ '71

February 11, 2020

I met fish vogelsang in September of 1967. We were "Fish Old Ladies" (a.k.a. Room Mates) in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. John and I were great friends, and did LOTS of push-ups together, every time we forgot some of the required campusology questions.

Even though we went our separate ways, especially when I transferred to the Texas Maritime Academy my junior year, we were lifetime friends and Aggie Brothers. I loved John, and am so sad about his passing. Sorry we did not find out about this until today (11 Feb) as we were on a Caribbean Cruise the past two weeks.

John, may you Rest in Peace.... I will proudly answer "Here" for you at Muster on 21 April. God Bless you..... Gig 'Em!

Jim Sterling, BQ '71

Amy & David Sitz

February 11, 2020

David and I have been out of town and now we are so saddened to hear of John's passing! I have so many, many memories of our dear friend John. Where to begin--I was lucky enough to become friends with John and Lidia when I became Courtney's Kindergarten teacher at St. Francis de Sales School. And then finding out that he worked at HPD alongside my husband David. Our friendship grew as he became a frequent visitor to my classroom always praising the children and teaching them safety rules. A couple of years later, I was blessed to have Nick in my classroom and again John was always present to show the children how lucky they were to be at SFDS and to be loved by so many. John continued to be ever-present in my classroom until I retired in May,2010. Throughout all the years, John would consistently remind me how lucky he was to be married to Lidia and father to Courtney and Nick. He was a beautiful man, husband, father and friend and I am so lucky to have been his friend. May God continue to bless John and his loving family. COWABUNGA DUDE!

Jeannette Smith

February 9, 2020

I was so sad to hear of John’s passing my thoughts and prayers go out to you Lidia and your family. He was such a fun loving guy. John was the best little league coach Matt ever had. He made all of those boys feel like winners.

Jeannette Smith
Matt Hluchanek
Laura Hluchanek

Belinda Leatherwood Brown

February 9, 2020

I worked with John on night shift at the Westside Police station, and then in Juvenile also at Westside. We also worked extra jobs together. His son went to high school with my nephew. John was a very kind man, great husband to Lidia, and a great dad to his kids. One of the things he used to say, “this might be a Lidia call” when talking about certain things. We would laugh about it.
May he Rest In Peace, and may his family find comfort in all the memories.

Gig’em John!
Belinda (your favorite Sergeant)

Tanya McDonald

February 8, 2020


I met John when I worked at Tanglewood Bank in 1988. After telling my husband, Rob, about John, we discovered he and John were friends at A&M. Small, small world!

John was such a sweet man and even though it’s been at least 20 years since we spoke, I feel like he was a friend. He was a good, good, man who loved you and his family more than anything. It was obvious by the way he spoke about you and your children. My world was better knowing John.

I am truly sorry for your loss but also rejoice that you could know the love of such a good man and that he had such a beautiful family.

Peace and comfort to you and your children.

Tanya McDonald

David Branam

February 8, 2020

John was a senior when I was a fish in the Aggie Band. Though I have had very little interaction with him since then, I do want to tell you that I am truly sorry for your loss. Mat God bless you and your family as you move through the upcoming days and years.

David Branam ‘74

Mitch & Margaret Timmons

February 7, 2020

Lidia and family,
We were saddened to hear about John. We were truly blessed to have John and you and your family in our lives. From the first day we met in the Aggie band, he was special with his big smile, warm greeting, and bear hug. We will miss him. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

Lori Leatherwood

February 7, 2020

Whether you greeted him with John W, John, Mr. Vogelsang, Officer Vogelsang or just a “Cowabunga, Dude”, he brightened your day.

We have many treasured memories of the Vogelsangs especially during Matt’s years at St. Thomas with Nick. There was not a more passionate person about Eagle football - except maybe Coach Fitz. John named us the “Wharton Gang” along with the Chapas, Sepulvedas and Zornes. We closed down Spanish Flowers many a night after a football game and oh what fun we had! The kids were calling us to see where we were. John was always the life of the party.

Our deepest condolences to Lidia, Courtney, Nick and Kat and his grandchildren. You were his everything. He will be in your hearts forever.

John was a genuine and special man who touched so many. Our family was blessed to have crossed paths with him. Heaven gained a great one. We will always hear that raspy, “Go Eagles” and of course, “Cowabunga, Dude”. We will miss you... what a man!