Robert Vogel

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Robert Vogel, 72, a cherished resident of Freeburg, IL, born on August 4, 1951, in Belleville, IL, peacefully departed from this world on Monday, August 14, 2023, within the comfort of his residence. A loving husband, devoted father, and exceptional drummer, Robert’s life was a harmonious blend of family, music, and service.

Robert, affectionately known as Rob, held a profound love for his family that shaped the core of his being. His 45-year marriage to Nikki Lyn Vogel (nee Abromovich) was a testament to the spiritual connection they shared, transcending the physical realm when she passed on July 2, 2021. Rob’s support and love for his two surviving sons, Adam (Tamara) Vogel of Lake Stevens, WA, and Nicholas (Jennifer) Vogel of Columbia, MO, was unwavering.

Rob’s heartbeat was in his drumming, a rhythm that reverberated through the core of the Southern Illinois music scene for decades. His extraordinary talent on the drums resonated with countless bands and even led him to be a cherished member of the Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. Beyond his melodic pursuits, Rob was also a dedicated member of the Shriners and a Freemason, embodying principles of service and brotherhood.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ervin and Betty Vogel (nee Daley), along with two sisters-in-law, Lois Vogel and Ann Marie Walker. Rob is survived by his three brothers, Peter (Pat) Vogel, Charles Vogel, and Don (Brenda) Vogel; a brother-in-law, Glen Walker; a nephew, Aaron Walker; nieces, Alecia Hammen and Delaina Root, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

Rob’s memory will forever resonate in the hearts of his four grandchildren, Lochlan, Niven, Clancy, and Layne, who brought immense joy to his life. Their laughter and innocent curiosity mirrored the joy he found in Freeburg’s simple pleasures.

In lieu of flowers, in honor of Rob’s memory, contributions can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg, IL, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis, MO. Condolences and shared remembrances can be expressed to the family through the online portal at

Visitation & Funeral: Friends and well-wishers are invited to pay their respects during the visitation on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg, IL. A memorial mass will follow at 11 a.m., where Father Von Deeke and Deacon Corby Valentine will jointly celebrate Rob’s life.

While his cremains will be interred at a later date, the memories he wove into the fabric of the town will forever grace its heart. As Freeburg mourns the loss of a devoted husband, a loving father, and a passionate musician, may his life continue to remind us of the power of community, the magic of music, and the beauty of a life dedicated to service.



11 Comments on Robert Vogel

Jody Lawhorne said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 10:09 AM

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, Nick. I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Columbia
  • Missouri
Marilyn Mullins said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 7:55 PM

I am sending my condolences for the Vogel family and special prayers for my classmate Charles Vogel. I’m thinking of you and I am very sad for you.

  • Saint Charles
  • MO
Brian Burgdorf said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 7:12 AM

What a beautiful life. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Vernon
  • Florida
Beth Roussel said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2023 at 10:39 PM

Nick and Adam, my deepest sympathy for you and your families.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Linda Whiteside said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2023 at 12:54 PM

Nikki, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. Rob was a sweet spirited soul. ❤️

  • Los Angeles
  • California
Jason Paau said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2023 at 8:15 PM

My deepest condolences to Adam, Nick and to all who knew and loved Robert. Wishing you comfort and peace in this difficult time

  • Toronto
  • ON
John N Gagich said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2023 at 5:34 PM

My sincerest condolences to the Vogel family. I knew Rob from the Black Knights Drum Corp and was a friend of his in our college years. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Chanhassen
  • MN
Judy Kreitler said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2023 at 12:44 PM

Pete sorry to hear about the loss of your brother

  • IL said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2023 at 5:40 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Vogel family. May the good times help you through your grief. 🙏

  • Swansea
  • IL
Stan Dooley said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2023 at 12:40 PM

Prayers to the family of Mr. Vogel. May God bless all of his family and friends with strength and healing during your time of bereavement.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Stacey Wilson said : Guest Report Aug 18, 2023 at 11:15 AM

My sincere condolences to you and your families, Adam and Nick. Sending hugs of comfort to you all. Treasured memories, May they sustain you in all your days....much love, Stacey and family

  • Richmond
  • TX

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