Valley Center veteran Vosberg remembered well
July 02, 2014Jack A. Vosberg was an admired and well-recognized pillar of the community. He moved to the area in the late 1950s. He was an avocado grower and owned an eight-acre grove in Valley Center. He was also proprietor of a service station in Escondido and worked as a mechanic on school buses for the Pauma Valley Unified School District.
Vosberg was a founding member of the VC Optimists Club where he remained active in community service and also served as president. He was a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee and organized girls' softball teams. Vosberg was named Citizen of the Year twice and recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2006. He started the Jack Vosberg Community Service Scholarship, which awarded scholarships to graduating Valley Center High School seniors.
Vosberg was born in Los Angeles on February 2, 1923. He joined the 45th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. At the end of World War II, one of his military duties was guarding German POWs at Lompoc, California north of Ventura. In 1945 he was medically evacuated for injuries back to his home in the U.S.
He was honorably discharged and received a Purple Heart.
In May, Vosberg was accompanied by fellow Optimists member Bob Paulson on a San Diego Honor Flight to tour Washington D.C.'s war memorials. One month later after returning to Valley Center from the Honor Mission, Vosberg died in his sleep on June 5, 2014 at the age of 91.