Carl 'Pete' Erwin Vogel
December 30, 1923 - June 25 2016Pete was my husband for 68 years and I will tell you about his life.He was born to Mattie Eberline and Edward Carl Vogel in Brandon Colorado, the youngest of four children. Like many of our generation the family moved to California, then to Oregon, settling in the Griffin Creek area of Medford in 1929. His father wanted to move on in 1935, but his mother stayed and without Ed they learned the work ethic early. The youngest two children, with Mattie, continued on their farm and seasonally worked in the orchards. In high school Pete worked for Timber Products and was on the football team. He graduated in 1943.World War II took almost every young man from home to the front. Pete landed on the beach in France and within a week was shot. A Purple Heart was given while in the hospital in England. On recovery the Army gave choices, his was driving trucks. Stationed in Brussels driving transportation for officers on R&R, for the last year of the war, gave him a lifetime skill.The Timber Products job was open upon his return, but after a few years, he became a member of the Teamsters Union and began driving trucks for Consolidated Freight, continuing there for 35 years until his retirement.Pete retuned from the service by Christmas 1945 and we met May 16, 1946, 70 years ago. We were married July 3, 1948. Our little two acres on Orchard Home Drive and ten acres on Madrona Lane gave Pete the beginning of his hobby, working the soil, improving all he touched.Mark and SuAnne were born in Medford. Our family moved to Ashland in 1960 and Beth was born. We lived in a home on Siskiyou Blvd for twenty years, while Pete had 6 acres along Ashland Creek to continue his activity outside of work. When a flood in 1974 and another in 1997 made giant inroads in the soil, Pete made things right again. His greatest interest there was Mark racing pigeons from the barn loft and then owning and breeding horses. This led to SuAnne and Beth joining 4H and the Ashland Wranglerettes, which entailed many horse trailer trips to Red Bluff and Lakeview rodeos. One year he and I were joint presidents of the Ashland Wranglers.After retiring, Pete continued with the land, raising hay. Fifteen years ago he sold the land and barn to the City of Ashland and became part of his grandchildren’s lives. The property was first a community garden. The barn was demolished last year and the land developed into a park as Pete had stipulated in the sale.Pete was a member of the Elks Lodge for 42 years, and belonged to Teamsters Retirees and VFW. His hobby for over 60 years was coins, being knowledgeable and collecting. Pete is survived by myself, his wife, Virginia; son, Mark (Peggy); daughters, SuAnne ( Randy) Cleveland and Beth Vogel; grandchildren, Brandt and Katie Vogel, Ryan and Sean Cleveland, Mitchell and Andrew Vogel; and great-granddaughter, Charlee Cleveland. His only surviving sibling is Beulah Vogel Osborn of Medford. Pete, head of our family, has always been a reserved person of great integrity, steadfast in his beliefs and goals. We all grieve.Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday July 6, 2016 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.