Emil Vogias

Born May 19, 1925 in Lakewood, he was the son of George and Ann M. (Berchak) Vogias.

Mr. Vogias was a graduate of Dyke and Spencerian Business College and was in the automobile business for 50 years. After his retirement, he was a consultant for Kinko's of Kent.

He served as a first class machinist mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with two stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star.

He was a member of the Kent Lions, Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Portage County Auto Dealer Association, Ford Grandmasters Sales Organization, and president of the Service Managers Council of Cuyahoga County. He also was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Bernice J. (Popadak); sons, Emil J. (Debbie) Jr. of Mantua, David (Tari) of Kent, and Christopher (Julie) of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters, Cynthia Smith and Rebecca Vogias, both of Kent; and six grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Church with the Rev. Joseph Ruggieri officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

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