Harold J. "Bud" Vogelsmeier, 89, of rural Sweet Springs, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at I-70 Medical Center in Sweet Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Rev. Dan Wing officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. The family requests memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church Children's Education Fund, St. Paul Lutheran High School, St. Paul's Lutheran School or Trinity Lutheran School, all in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guest book is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Dec. 17, 1919, in Sweet Springs, he was the son of the late John H. Vogelsmeier and Minnie Stork Vogelsmeier. On Sept. 4, 1948, he married Lucille Frerking, who survives of the home. He spent his entire life in the Sweet Springs area, where he was a farmer and longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served on numerous boards and committees. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and then a member of Sweet Springs American Legion and VFW. He was always active in his community, where he served on the board of directors for the former Community Hospital.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Nancy Winter of Alma; one son, Alan Vogelsmeier of Concordia; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elbert Vogelsmeier and J.C. Vogelsmeier, both of Sweet Springs; one sister, Helen V. Schlueter of Concordia; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Dale H. Vogelsmeier and Keith R. Vogelsmeier; three brothers, Leonard Vogelsmeier, Melvin Vogelsmeier and Lester "Shorty" Vogelsmeier; and one sister, Velma Frerking.