Paul Vogelsong


Paul E. Vogelsong, 92, Defiance, passed away Monday morning, April 15, 2019, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.

He was born in Defiance County on March 21, 1927, the son of the late Lawrence and Nettie (Donley) Vogelsong. Paul was the husband of Wanda Jean (Sobieck) Vogelsong. They were married May 19, 1945. He had worked at Challenge Cooke in Bryan and retired in 1992. He was also a former custodian at St. John Catholic Church. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, AuGlaize Village and the coin club. He was also a stamp collector and enjoyed traveling. He was a great husband and father.

Paul will be greatly missed by his wife of 73 years, Jean; daughters, Carol Hillyer of Defiance, Shirley (Kim) McKeen of Defiance, Barbara (Phil) Fitzenrider of Defiance, Susan (Dan) Long of Rotonda West, Florida; son, Douglas Vogelsong of Hicksville. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Wayne Vogelsong and Roger Vogelsong; sisters, Doris Antoine and Donna Keys; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. John Catholic Church, 510 Jackson Ave., Defiance, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, with Father Eric Mueller officiating. Visitation is today from 4-8 p.m. at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, 1753 S. Clinton St., Defiance; and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church. A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. today at Lawson-Roessner. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Suggested memorials are to St. John Catholic Church or Holy Cross Catholic School. Condolences may be shared at

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