August 9, 1941 ~ July 5, 2021

Born in: Glendale, NY
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Richard “Rich” G. Voegele, 79, of Hendersonville, died Monday, July 5, 2021 at the Elizabeth House.

A native of Glendale, NY, he was a son of the late Rudolph and Anna Langhans Voegele.

Rich’s work career included 16 years as an avionics supervisor, an intellect career. Later, he felt drawn to full time study for his Bachelors and Masters degree. Rich then began his heart career as a social worker helping those with special needs. Soon after, his pastor asked him to study for the diaconate. He was ordained in 1999 and served the people of God until his retirement in 2015. His is truly a life of following the Spirit of God.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Regina Wieman Voegele; one sister, Maryann Stack of Phoenix, AZ as well as several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, July 9, 2021 at St. Barnabas Catholic Church with Father Adrian Porras officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hendersonville. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 AM on Friday, July 9, at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian prior to the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a contribution in Rich’s memory to Hendersonville Rescue Mission (


Visitation: July 9, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Mass: July 9, 2021 12:00 pm

St Barnabas Catholic Church
109 Crescent Hill Drive
Arden, NC 28704



Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hendersonville
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  1. A very gifted man; prayerful. He is a very special gift of love for his wife & his God. He also has a good sense of humor.

  2. Rich was such a dear, sweet man who cared for others and managed to keep a sense of humor about humanity. My prayers for Rich who has entered eternal life, and for you, Regina. God bless you with peace.

  3. Rich and Regina were always a team. Always looking to assist all who needed help. Rich you will be missed.

  4. I didnĀ“t know Rich but he had to be very special to be married to our dearest Regina. Sending prayers for strength and comfort to Regina and family.

  5. My Uncle Rich was a wonderful, kind and giving person. I have very fond memories of him when I was just a kid when he would share stories of his adventures in Alaska and his incredible knowledge of aviation. He inspired me to follow in his footstep and attended Aviation High School in NYC. God bless you Uncle Rich, rest in peace. You and Aunt Regina will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Regina,
    So sorry to hear about Deacon Rich. May the warmth of your memories together and of your faith keep you comforted.
    The Doschers, Bruce and Christine


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