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Robert L. Vogelsang

May 9, 1938 March 9, 2016
Robert L. Vogelsang
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Obituary for Robert L. Vogelsang

Robert Lee “Bob” Vogelsang of Clawson passed away March 9, 2016. He was 77 years old. Bob was born May 9, 1938, in Detroit to Katherine (nee Loeffler) and Robert Vogelsang.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Christine “Chris” (nee Williams) Vogelsang and children, Robert Lee “Bob” Vogelsang, III, and Julie Anne (Kevin) Pavelko. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Garrett and Lauren Pavelko, and Hazel and Hudson Vogelsang. Bob was preceded in death by his sister Cathy Bregger.

Bob was a 1956 graduate of Redford High School. In 1960, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University, where he was also a founding member of the Michigan Epsilon chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Subsequent to college, Bob entered active duty service as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army until September 1962. Upon discharge from active duty, Bob returned to the Detroit area to work for Allstate Insurance and in 1965, began a 36-year career with the Ford Motor Company, retiring in 2001 as an auction manager.

Bob had a lifelong enthusiasm for cars and military history. He owned over 60 cars during his lifetime, his favorites being a 1956 Thunderbird and a 1960 Corvette. Bob’s great-great grandfather was a Union soldier during the Civil War and this, along with his passion for history, led him to join the 8th Michigan Cavalry, a Civil War reenactment group part of the North-South Skirmishers Association. His interest in military history also inspired Bob to paint hundreds of military figurines. Bob also loved dogs and was especially partial to dachshunds.

Bob was a curmudgeonly, but lovable person who acted as the family storyteller, always imparting humor into the tale. He was unexpectedly sensitive and artistic, having written a few poems known only to his wife and children. Bob deeply loved his family and was deeply loved in return. He was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather who will be profoundly missed. May he rest in peace and be joyous with all his family and friends who passed before him.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Roads), Wednesday from 11am-1pm, with funeral services commencing at 1pm. Bob will be interred with his beloved parents and grandparents at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills.

Memorials may be made to a veteran’s charity or service organization of choice.

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