George Voegelin

Obituary of George Victor Voegelin

George V. Voegelin Wallkill, NY After living a very full life George Victor (Vic) Voegelin passed on May 7, 2021. He was 95 years old. The only child of Marjorie Jones and George Voegelin, Vic was born in Middletown, New York on May 1, 1926 and spent his youth in Montgomery, New York where he made many lifelong friends. At the age of 17, he chose to serve his country and set off to join the Navy. He was a ship’s mechanic and bravely served on Iwo Jima. He wore this duty as a badge of honor and for the rest of his days used the futility of war to teach the value of peace to anyone who would take the time to listen. He ran a tight ship during WWII and continued to run a tight ship until the end of his days. Upon returning from the war while playing baseball with his buddies Vic met the girl who would end up being the love of his life and his best friend, Georgia Locke. The two married in 1950 and started a family. Two sons, Bill (June) and Wray (Yonnie Lambert), and three daughters Georgia Lee (Bob Rowe), Margie Wild (companion Trevor Wood) and Vicki Voegelin (Tom Hassett). Vic took great pride in keeping count of the number of lives that stemmed from the love that he and Georgia shared. At the time of his death, there were 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Vic made friends wherever he went whether it be a favorite stop after a day of fishing with Georgia or meeting new neighbors when they settled in their home in Gardiner. He never met a stranger and gave everyone a chance. The importance of a firm handshake and honest eye contact was something that his children learned at a young age. There were lessons that Vic gave to everyone he met, even if you didn’t know it at the time, you learned something after spending time with Vic. His most important was to choose your friends wisely. He led by example and filled his life with the most loyal friends a man could ask for. You all know who you are. Together, Vic and Georgia had a knack for creating a party by just showing up. And for those of you who know what it was like to visit the Voegelin’s, well, it was always a joy-filled and loving experience. Whether it be an impromptu baseball game at the 17-K house or a cocktail stop on a snowy evening walk on Decker Road. The Voegelin’s was somehow the place to get recharged and feel loved. That dynamic duo created a safe haven for so many. There is so much to say about a man who lived such a full life. His commitment to his work, the love for his wife, the loyalty to his friends, the support he gave to his family, Vic was a lot of things to a lot of people, and to those who had the pleasure of knowing him, we are certain that you will hold a very special place in your heart or as Vic would say in “your memory bank” for him and the memories that you made together. So, remember him when you check your oil, think of him when you spot a woodchuck in a farmer’s field or a buck in the woods, and smile when you see a perfectly manicured lawn or simply tell a joke & make someone smile. His legacy will live on in all of the lives he touched. To honor Vic, please think of him when you raise your flag, he would like that. Rest well Vic, your work here is done, see you in the funny papers. Burial of ashes will take place at 2:00pm on May 28, 2021 at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen NY with full Military Honors. On Friday, May 28 at 4PM The Voegelin Children will be hosting a Celebration of their Parents at Vic and Georgia's home on Decker Road. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.wmgaganfuneralhome.com
Friday
28
May

Burial of Ashes

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday, May 28, 2021
Orange County Veterans Cemetery
111 Craigville Road
Goshen , New York, United States
845-291-2465
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