SPOKANE, Wash. – When confronted with a final wish, a man who has dedicated his life to service simply asked to serve one more time.
Don Vogel has lived a life of service. He served in the Marines during the Vietnam War as a Ham radio operator, connecting soldiers in Guantanamo Bay with their loved ones back home. Once he retired from his job with the city of Spokane, he continued to serve as a dedicated Meals on Wheels volunteer.
“I’ve just really enjoyed my life,” Vogel said. “And my wife. She’s been a godsend.”
Don Vogel met his wife, Sandi, later in life.
“Even though I was married before and he was actually married twice before, we finally found our soul mates,” Sandi Vogel said. “I mean, we are truly connected. It’s like I can’t even imagine trying to get by without him.”
Don Vogel, 65, is living every day to the fullest after being diagnosed with terminal cardiovascular disease. With the help of Horizon Hospice care, he’s spending most of his days in the comfort of his home with Sandi by his side. Sandi is a nurse whose employer has allowed her to work from home during this difficult time.
Don’s friend with Horizon Hospice approached him one day recently about a final wish, of sorts.
“And first thing out of his mouth was, ‘Meals on Wheels,’” Sandi Vogel said.
So on Wednesday morning, Don will get a brief orientation before setting out in his wheelchair to deliver dishes to others in need.
“Because it gives me self-worth,” Vogel said. “And since I’ve had these strokes, it’s kind of important to me to revive my feeling of self-worth.”