Effingham Daily News
---- — Dale William Vogel, 86, of rural Neoga, formerly of Strasburg and Gays, went to be with the Lord at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg, with the Rev. Steven Becker officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Strasburg, with military rites by Strasburg American Legion Post 289. Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg, Lake Mattoon Sailing Association or Strasburg American Legion Post 289. Memorials may be sent in care of Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, 415 N. Broadway, Shelbyville, IL 62565. Online condolences can be left at www.howeandyockey.com. Mr. Vogel was born on Oct. 5, 1926, in Strasburg, the son of Martin and Nora Figge Vogel. Dale attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Strasburg High School and earned his GED in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, where he was a radar operator. Dale began farming in 1953 and retired in 1997. He loved sailing and built his own Y-Flyer, “Orange Slice,” in 1963-1964. Dale was a member of the American Y-Flyer Yacht Racing Association since 1963, a charter member of Fleet 39 Lake Mattoon Sailing Association and sailed competitively for a number of years. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Strasburg. He served his church as an usher for six years, Sunday School superintendent for 11 years, evangelism chairman for six years and co-taught the Willing Lutheran Workers Sunday School class with Patsy Lenz for five years. He was a member of the Lake Mattoon Sailing Association, United States Sailing Association, Shelby County Farm Bureau - Prime Timers, Continuing EdVentures Steering Committee of Lake Land College from 2003-2007 and Strasburg American Legion Post 289. He married Virginia Lorraine Doehring on June 7, 1953. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughters, Julie Birdwell (partner, Jodi Birdwell) of Urbana and Diane Bakelaar (husband, Peter) of Neoga; grandchildren, Keagan Bakelaar (wife, Samantha), Rita Bakelaar, Evan Bakelaar and Wendy Bakelaar and Reuben Birdwell; brother, Donald Vogel (wife, Betty) of Strasburg; brother-in-law, Don Doehring (wife, Linda) of Windsor; and sister-in-law, Sharlene Bell (husband, James) of Blue Springs, Mo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nora in 1944; and father, Martin in 1974. Sign the guestbook at www.effinghamdailynews.com.