James William Vogel
  • Born on: April 15, 1937
  • Departed on: November 25, 2023
  • Resided in: Lamoni, IA

James William Vogel

After an exhausting battle with dementia Jim made his journey to be with the Lord early Saturday morning surrounded by loved ones at his home in Lamoni.
Born in Brooklyn, Iowa; the 10th child born to Leo and Marie (Claes).
Jim won the lottery by marrying his love Sherryl (Dale) the 26th of June in 1965. They settled at the family farm in Pleasanton in 1972. Jim had a caring heart and keen sense of humor. Story teller who always told them in "fish tales" known by many as "Windy Jim". Jim never met a stranger and in his younger years when traveling to see family in Indiana, him and his brothers and cousins would stop at random potlucks for lunch and socialization. He was a man of many jobs including  carpenter, pipeline worker, can milk delivery driver, construction worker, farmer, factory worker, cement driver (his kids had the only sidewalk in Pleasanton), and partial retirement worked summers at Nine Eagles State Park. He was a hard worker who never slowed down. Burned wood at the farm so he gave his children great work ethic by teaching them to cut wood or help in one of many massive gardens he would raise. Jim was a collector of anything (borderline hoarder, but had a place for everything) and if his friends or family needed something he had it or was willing to help them find it. Jim had a love for nature and animals. Cows, horses, deer, raccoons, dogs, foxes, pigs, ducks, geese, guineas, turkey, chickens, bunnies, donkeys and many others as pets.
Jim was a devout Catholic at St. Brendan’s in Leon and Blessed Sacrament in Bethany. Always involved in Church either as Eucharist minister, Knights of Columbus or social butterfly at potluck or coffee after and before church. Praying the Rosary (using a custom made Rosary from his brothers) every day until the end.  
Jim graduated high school from Lineville on May 14th, 1957 with a little help from his love of hunting and that of his superintendents. Early days of hunting consisted of hunting purely for food, always preaching one shot one kill to his boys.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Anthony, Joseph, Edward, John, Paul, Francis, sister Dorothy and 2 infant sister and in-laws Orville and Ruth Dale.
He is survived by wife Sherryl of 58 wonderful years. They were blessed with 4 children. Melissa (Marlin) Leonard, James (Tiffany), Peter (Kasey), and Andrew (Jami). Grandchildren: McKinley, Maggie, Malori, Skye, Thor, Orion, Darsey, Daisey, Draven, Haedyn, and Hallie. Sister Anna Meador as well as many many friends…

A private family mass will be held at a later date.

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