A memorial service was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Chester County for Joseph R. Vogel, of Glenmoore, Chester County and formerly of Kempton died at the Linden Hall Nursing Home in Kennett Square, Chester County, April 28, following a long illness with Alzheimer's Disease. Interment was private in the Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery.Vogel was the husband of Marcella Trumpbour Matlack. His first wife, Frances Van Kirk, died in 1968.
Born in Paterson, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna DeYoung Vogel.
Vogel graduated from Paterson High School in 1938, and attended Rutgers University and the Newark College of Engineering. From 1947-52 he attended night school at Newark Technical School for Mechanical Engineering.
He served as a Technical Representative for the Wright Aeronautical Corp. from 1941- 43 in the Middle East.
Vogel joined the U. S. Army, serving with a Critical Attack & Inspection Team in the Pacific Theater l944-46, attaining the rank of Sergeant.
After discharge from the Army, he taught at the Paterson Technical Vocational High School, 1946-48, then became the owner of hardware stores in Paterson and Wyckoff, NJ, 1948-52.
After selling the hardware stores, Vogel became a Sales Engineer for the Richardson Scale Co., 1952-66, then for both Young Machinery of Muncy, Lycoming County and Henderson Industries of Caldwell, NJ, 1966-85.
After retiring as a Sales Engineer in 1985 he bought a farm in Kempton and raised Columbia Sheep.
Vogel was active with the Pennsylvania Sheep & Wool Growers Assn. on its Board of Directors, then President. He belonged to the Pennsylvania Farmers Assn. and on the Berks County Board of Directors; was member and secretary of the Berks County Extension Board of Directors, and a member and representative to the American Sheep Industry Board of Directors.
He was a member of Ridgewood, NJ Orpheus; and several service singing groups, once performing under the direction of Leonard Bernstein at the Manila Rissol Stadium after the end of the war. He was also a member of the West Chester 49ers Chorus; the Kutztown Community Choir; the Allentown Summer Harmony; and various church choirs.
Vogel was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons Kenneth J., Wayne, Delaware County; Richard F., Kennett Square, and a daughter Landa Palmer of E. Meredith, NY.
There is also Jonathan T. Matlack, Johnsburg, NY; Deborah Matlack Bartholomew, Downingtown, Chester County; Jennifer Matlack Ebersole, West Chester; Timothy M. Matlack, Arlington, TX; Andrew C. Matlack, Glenmoore, PA.
There are 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two sisters, Ann Webb of Tampa, FL, and Arlene Lott of Ashland, Ohio; and a brother Robert of Maryville, TN.
Arrangements are by the Founds Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester.