Thomas Elmer Vogler

Published 1:32 pm Friday, March 2, 2018

Mr. Thomas Elmer Vogler, 91, of Center Street, Cooleemee, died Thursday, March 1, 2018.

He was born Dec. 5, 1926 in Davie County to the late Clifford Emory Vogler Sr. and Clara Goodman Vogler.  Mr. Vogler was a member of Cooleemee United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the US Navy as a member of the 86th Seabees having served in Okinawa during World War II. Mr. Vogler had retired from Erwin Mills Cotton Mill after 26 years and retired from Baker Furniture after 21 years.  He was the first fire chief in Cooleemee and served for 12 years.  Mr. Vogler was a member of the American Legion where he was a past commander and was a member of the VFW. He enjoyed making wind chimes, recipe holders and blue bird houses. Mr. Vogler enjoyed hunting, fishing and trips to the mountains and the beach.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Janie Kerley Vogler.

Survivors: 3 children, Lynne O’Neal Ijames, Gary Vogler (Lynn), all of Cooleemee and Amy Young (Shane) of Mocksville; 5 grandchildren, Eric O’Neal (Melissa), Joel O’Neal, Maggie Smith, Allan Crotts (Brittany) and Julie Carter (Drew);  9 great-grandchildren, Bryce and Kayla O’Neal, Ellie, Riley, Piper and Cydney Crotts and Braeden and Deacon Carter; and a great-great-grandchild, Bradeyn O’Neal.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Monday, March 5 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Shane Young officiating. Burial will follow in Legion Memorial Park with military honors conducted by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Memorials: Cooleemee VFW Post 1119, PO Box 1186, Cooleemee, 27014.