A visitation for Michael Roberts Vogel, 57, Lawrence, will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Michael Roberts Vogel, departed his earthly bounds early morning on April 24, 2021, under attentive and compassionate care at KU Medical Center.
Born on May 30th, 1963, he left us shy of his 58th birthday…gone far, far, too soon.
If you truly knew Mike, you loved him. He was one of the most genuine humans that has ever lived. Thoughtful, helpful, down to earth, and caring, he worked hard to be there for his family and friends.
He enjoyed serving people through his rise in the hospitality industry. You may have known him as the “cool under pressure” smiling face at Taco Grande, Dairy Queen, Cornucopia, Chipotle, or On The Rocks. Or, he may have entertained you at the black jack tables as he dealt cards over the past several years. If you worked with Mike somewhere along the way, you most likely recall him as kind, reliable and fair.
Mike was a life-long Lawrence resident, a dedicated KU basketball fan, a lover of travel, Lake of the Ozarks, music and their adorable dogs.
Most of all, Mike truly loved his family. He married the love of his life, Anita Young, thirty-four years ago. It was the best decision he ever made. As companions and confidants, they started from scratch and built a loving life together and a beautiful home, just outside of Lawrence. Through challenges and great times, they were a team in every sense of the word. Falling in love as teenagers, they kept the embers glowing and relationship strong, through four decades.
They brought their beautiful daughter Sydney Vogel into this world 30 years ago. Sydney is the perfect combination of the best of both Mike and Anita, — intelligent, hardworking, loving and kind, she is truly “Daddy’s girl”.
Mike is preceded…by his mother, Eleanor Sue Evans; step-father Paul Evans; father, Ed Vogel; and father-in-law, Ray Young.
He is survived by his loving wife, Anita Vogel, Lawrence; daughter, Sydney Vogel, San Marcos, Texas; aunt, Fern Vogel, Grandview, Missouri; beloved mother-in-law, Lolita Hill, and father-in-law, Mike Hill; and thousands of friends. He will be truly and deeply missed, by those who knew him.
The family suggests memorial contributions to be made in his name to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.