Norm Vogel

Died: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 09, 2018
Location: Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Wed., Oct. 10, 2018
Location: Southport Presbyterian Church

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Norm Vogel, 80 died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, surrounded by family, at his Southport home.  He was a business owner, an entrepreneur, and most importantly, a beloved patriarch. He was kind-hearted and outgoing, making friends with everyone he met. Nothing mattered more to him than family.

The son of Norman Vogel and Rosanne Gregg Vogel, he was born in Indianapolis in 1938 and attended Howe High School and Indiana University, where he was a member of the Acacia fraternity and a standout with the school's Marching One Hundred band.

Norm spent most of his life building the well-known appliance business in Irvington, Norm Vogel & Son, that his father started in 1921, and which served customers from across the Indianapolis area. Each year the store hosted a customer appreciation event which drew in many who had come to appreciate the personal touch the family-owned business provided the community for more than 90 years.

Norm was active in Southport Presbyterian Church, where he volunteered extensively with its youth ministries and loved serving in the kitchen during the “Great Banquet”. He loved his local sports teams and was an avid sportsman who enjoyed golf, softball, basketball and fishing, and was founder of an annual family “guys" fishing trip. He also was a talented chef who took great pleasure in entertaining family and friends. He believed that food is part of the language of love and that “eye appeal is half the meal.”

He traveled the world with his family and was inseparable from his sweetheart, his wife of 61 years, Margaret Mincemoyer Vogel.

He also loved gatherings with his three daughters and their spouses, whom he treated like his own sons, as well as his five grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Margaret "Marge" Vogel; his sister, Elizabeth Vogel Martin, Waunakee, Wisc.; and daughters Debra Vogel Kleinberg (Eliot), Boca Raton, Fla.; Pam Vogel DaValle (Al), St. Charles, Ill.; and Susan Vogel Crowe (Tom), Greenwood; as well as grandchildren Tom Crowe III (Maddy), Indianapolis; Annie DaValle Durling (Ryan), Chicago; Robert Kleinberg, New York; Zachary Crowe, Indianapolis; and Hank Kleinberg, Alameda, Calif. A great-grandchild, Eleanor Crowe was born Oct. 3.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Singleton Memorial Center.  Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Southport Presbyterian Church, followed by burial at the family plot at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southport Presbyterian Church Youth Ministries or Special Olympics.

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Cathy Corsaro Dezelan
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Indianapolis has lost a good man. When we bought our first home in 1968 in Irvington, my mother suggested we purchase our appliances from Vogle's. For years following we have used Vogel's many times for purchases and repairs. Thank you for being a man we could trust. Not many out there these days.

Shirley & Gerald Hash
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
We are so sorry you have lost your husband, father & grandfather. Norm was so loved by everyone who knew him. God be with you Marge and your family. Norm was the type of guy you expect to live longer than the most of us he was so sweet. We are very very sorry.
Jerry and Shirley Hash

Robin and Jim Guido
   Posted Sat October 20, 2018
Dear Debbie
I did not know your father but I know you and clearly he did a lot of things right as he raised a remarkable woman ( who was smart enough to marry a delightful, humane and honorable man - Eliot). After reading your dad's obituary I feel like i know you a little bit better. What a beautiful legacy and what a heartbreaking loss. I know how much family means to you. He will be at your side and in your memories forever, but it still hurts. To your entire family I express my deepest condolences.

"It is better to have loved and lost then never to have love at all" says Tennyson.
Not sure this sentiment helps in the early stages of grief, but it is a comforting thought to know that love never dies.
With love
Robin Kert and Jim Guido

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