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July 1st, 2011
He graduated from North Division High School in 1942. He joined the army during World War II, but the war ended before he could be shipped overseas.
He worked as an agent for Kansas City Life Insurance for 61 years, rising to become general agent for the whole state of Wisconsin. According to his wife, Thelma (nee Buckspan), he earned his way into the Presidents Club and he received the Century Club ring. She added that he loved his work and would say that he “felt good” when he came out of a family’s home after a sale because “I know I’ve protected them.”
He was an active Mason, belonging to Milwaukee Harmony Lodge, the Tripoli Shrine, the Consistory, the Legion of Honor, and Eastern Star. He also belonged to Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue and its Men’s Club.
His wife added that “his love of people and his great sense of humor brought joy to many.”
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Joel L. (Angie) Sogol of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Elliott M. (Lori) Sogol, Ph.D., of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
Blane Goodman Funeral Service handled arrangements. Rabbi Tamar Crystal officiated at the funeral on June 3. Burial was in Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery.
The family would appreciate memorial contributions to Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue or the American Cancer Society.