James Vogler, a beloved and respected member of the community, passed away on October 14, 2023, in Cheyenne, WY. He was born on April 13, 1928, in Kansas City, MO and adopted by Shirl and Bertha Vogler at a few weeks old. James, or Jim as he was affectionately known, spent his life serving his country, ambitiously pursuing various ventures, and cherishing his loved ones.
Jim's life journey began when he joined the United States Navy as an officer. He dedicated himself to the service of his nation with honor and valor. After retiring from active duty, Jim returned to Kimball, Nebraska to join his father in the grocery business. For over 30 years, they served the community with dedication and commitment.
Always striving for new challenges and adventures, Jim transitioned into hydroponic farming after leaving the grocery business. He became a pioneer in his field and traveled all over Nebraska collaborating with the University of Nebraska's School of Agriculture as an adjunct. His innovative contributions helped shape the future of agriculture in the region.
Education played a significant role in Jim's life. He attended Kemper Military School where he honed his discipline and leadership skills. Following that, Jim pursued higher education at the prestigious US Naval Academy. Finally, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Jim was an avid catch-and-release fly fisherman from a young age. He experienced the joy of catching his first trout at just six years old – a moment that ignited a lifelong passion for fishing. With son Eric by his side, he spent countless hours on rivers throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Their fishing adventures created memories that will forever be treasured.
Jim possessed not only an adventurous spirit but also impressive craftsmanship skills. In his wood shop, he skillfully crafted segmented wooden bowls through which he expressed his creativity and love for the art of woodworking. His dedication to this craft exemplified the patience, precision, and attention to detail that characterized Jim's approach to life.
One of Jim's proudest accomplishments was his integral role in the development of the Four Winds Golf course in Kimball. Through his vision and perseverance, he contributed significantly to the establishment of a renowned golfing destination that brought joy and recreation to many.
Above all, Jim cherished his family and always made time for them. He was a loving husband to Janet Vogler, who stood by his side through thick and thin. Their unwavering bond was an inspiration to all who knew them. Jim was a devoted father to Robin (Nelson) Vogler and Chris (Tom) Bass. His love extended to his grandchildren, Riley (Lindsay) Kallhoff and Erin (Joe) Love, as well as his great-granddaughters, Blakley and Blaire Kallhoff.
Jim Vogler leaves behind a legacy of hard work, determination, and kindness. He will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched throughout his remarkable journey. As we bid farewell to this exceptional man, let us remember him for his achievements, his unwavering love for family, and the impact he made on both the local community and beyond.
In honor of Jim's memory, a private memorial service will be held for immediate family members only. The family requests that donations be made in Jim's name to Platte River Veterans Fly Fishing, P.O. Box 2414, Cheyenne, WY 82003 or online at Platterivers.com