Paul R. Vogel “Attila”, of Chesterton, IN, age 73, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 28, 2017. He is survived by his loving sons: Paul R. (Tammy) Vogel, Robert F. (Michelle) Vogel II, Brant E. (Kai) Vogel; cherished grandchildren: Gavin, Maya, Hunter, Ava, Ian, Quinn, Isabella and Ocean; sister, Cheryl (Larry) Wolfson; nieces and nephews: Michelle, Kim, Tammy, Robert, Michael, Aaron, Ryan, Ashley, Marc and Sara; brother-in-law, Matt Hahn; sister-in-law, Linda (Burt) Myers; longtime DEER best friend and hunting partner, Carlos Rivero and incredibly special companion, Christine Price-Priesol.
Preceded in death by his parents: Robert F. and Ellen Vogel (Holme); wife, Leslie L. Vogel (Barth); and sister, Janis M. Hahn (Vogel).
Paul was a graduate of Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor degree in business. During his college years Paul was an influential part of the IU Rugby Club and there are many stories that are still told about what happened during that time. Shortly after graduation he went on to proudly serve his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War where he developed a true life bond with the soldiers that fought with him. During his Vietnam years, Paul was able to expand his love of rugby internationally while playing in both Germany and Australia.
When he returned from Vietnam, Paul was hired with Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company where he sold law books to law firms all around the Chicago area. During this time he met the love of his life, Leslie Barth. They married on July 12th 1971. Paul Vogel was a founding father of the Chicago Lions Rugby Club. The Lion’s Rugby was a huge part of his life beginning in the early 70’s where he developed friendships and stories that are still told to this day. All of his manly stallion sons ended up playing competitive rugby.
Paul Vogel was CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral homes (Merrillville, Hobart, and Rendina) and 3rd generation of Vogel’s Restaurant of Whiting, IN. Paul was also a second generation Board of Director of Liberty Savings Bank and he definitely knew how to count his pennies. Paul had a love for flying as a commercial pilot in airplanes and helicopters with around 50 years of flight instructing; His passion for firearms led him to become an expert marksman in the military with the M60 and he remained active in the North Porter County Conservation Gun club in recent years where he shot machine guns competitively and IDPA steel challenges. Paul was an avid shooter and a walking firearm and ballistic encyclopedia. He was a member of the Izaak Walton Portage chapter, American legion in Chesterton, and the VFW of Merrillville, IN.
Paul was an avid hunter and adventure seeker. Motorcycles soon took the place of the game of rugby when he no longer was able to play. Paul was a proud man who loved his sons and his grandchildren. His entire dream was to keep the family united. Paul was a family man who had a soft spot for his boys. He had a love for hunting in Montana and hunting all over the country whenever possible, just to carry on the family tradition of the outdoors. In his later years, the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association was a huge part of his life, and this helped develop great relations with veterans awareness groups such as Resurrection Lives Foundation for the support of those in need. Paul not only was a Life Benefactor member in the NRA, he was a life member of LIFE!!!!
Paul was a loving father & papa and will forever be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
Ride on “Attila” Combat Vets FM-721
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12:00 p.m., at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (7535 Taft St. Merrillville, IN) with a short visitation from 10 a.m until time of service. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Floral arrangements may be made with Lake Effect Floral Chesterton, IN 219-926-7117 (lakeeffectflorals.com)
or Memorial donations may be made to:
National Rifle Association (nra.org)
The Resurrecting Lives Foundation (resurrectinglives.org)
Augsburg Lutheran Church
100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN 46304