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Alan “Al” Vogts

September 12, 2022

Alan (Al) Eugene Vogts, 62, passed away on September 12, 2022 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Al was born in Newton, KS on St. Patrick’s Day in 1960 to Edward W. Vogts and Kathryn (Schrag) Vogts.

Al grew up in Moundridge, KS and was known to his friends and family for his fun-loving personality, strong Christian faith, competitive drive, and long skinny legs. He left Moundridge on an athletic scholarship and graduated from Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS where he played baseball, basketball, and football. After graduating from Tabor in 1982, Al started his family and career. On August 14, 1982, he married Ellen Herr at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, KS. Together Al and Ellen had three daughters; Emily, Amber, and Avery who they raised in Newton, KS. He later married Jennifer Lee Hansen on November 23, 2005 adding Al’s three step-children Jamie, Jeremy and Josh to create a fun and lively blended family.

Al put his business degree to work following in his father and brother’s footsteps as an entrepreneur. He has spent the last 40 years coming up with wild and innovative business ideas that spanned across construction companies, rental units, real estate developments, an event center, athletic training club and lots of other creative notions he had high hopes of impacting his community with. In the last few years, Al retired from several of these business ventures and filled his extra time playing pickleball. Pickleball became a way for Al to put his competitive drive to use and build new friendships. Al sought out to be “the best pickleball player of his age division” and recently began building a pickleball court in his backyard. The court will be completed in his honor by his family.

Al attended several different churches over his lifetime but his commitment to living a life of faith remained consistent. For over ten years, Al has been a committed attendee of NewSpring Church services and loved sending out group texts of Mark Hoover’s sermons to his family.

Al is survived by his mother, Kathryn Vogts (Moundridge, KS); his wife of almost 17 years, Jennifer Vogts (Newton, KS); his three daughters, Emily Metcalf and husband Chris Metcalf (Wichita, KS), Amber Vogts and husband Matthew Wilder (New Orleans, LA), Avery Vogts and husband Ethan Oltean (Wichita, KS); his step-children, Jamie Hansen and fiancée Vanessa Lashinske (Kansas City, MO) and Josh and Jeremy Hansen (Wichita, KS); his brother Mark Vogts and wife Joyce Vogts (Moundridge, KS); his sister Jenny Loyd and her husband Scot Loyd (Canton-Galva, KS); and his grandchildren Oliver and Jack Metcalf, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Al was preceded in death by his father, Edward William Vogts.

The family will be receiving friends from 2-5 p.m. Sunday (September 18th) at the Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, KS. Church Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday (September 20th) at NewSpring Church in Wichita, KS. The Service will be followed by a burial at the Mound Township Cemetery in Moundridge, KS and Al’s favorite “Breakfast for Dinner” at the Meridian Center in Newton at 5:30 p.m. (if space becomes limited, priority will be given to family members).

Memorial Contributions can be made to Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, KS or to Newton Recreational Commission and can be left in care of Petersen Family Funeral Home.

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28 thoughts on “Alan “Al” Vogts

  1. Our thoughts and prayers our with you at this difficult time.
    May you and your family rejoice in all the wonderful memories.

  2. You were thought so highly of Al by so many people you surrounded yourself and family with. So many prayers for your family as they move forward in and uneasy journey. Jenn, you are a blessing and I know the two of you had more plans, keep moving girl. Hugs to all.

  3. Jennifer and family, I am so sad and sorry. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time. June and Rich Meister

  4. Our deepest condolences on your loss. Al will be greatly missed and dearly remembered. He left footprints behind for the rest of us to follow. May God assuage your grief and hold you in the palm of his hand.

  5. So very sorry for your loss. I knew Al from Tabor days and remember that big grin and smile. This is so sad and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. From our little end of the family to Jennifer and Al’s wonderful family: We love you and we’re thinking of You. Praying for you. Miss you.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. So glad we have the hope and assurance of heaven.

  8. Al’s physical presence will be missed but his kind and caring spirit will live on. Deepest sympathy for all in his family and a warm embrace for all of his children.

  9. Lots of good memories with Al from high school, in sports and in the classroom. So sad to hear of his passing. I wish we would have kept in touch. Looks like he accomplished a lot in the time he had. My thoughts are with Katherine and Al’s family.

  10. Our condolences and love to you all, Al’s family!
    It was a privilege to go through school in Moundridge with Al (1 year behind him). It was a pleasure to be a teammate with Al in multiple sports-there is not a more self-sacrificing, competitive person I know than Al. High compliments to Al’s parents for instilling in him integrity, a servants heart and willingness to always care for and uplift others. Al is a gentle giant who loves the Lord Jesus. Looking forward to eternity with you Al and our Lord Jesus, along with many faithful witnesses!

  11. Dave and I will miss our dear friend with whom we had so many future plans to be together, future adventures. Al carried out his life with the throttle full on. There wasn’t much he missed. It was a life well-lived. Just wish we had a lit more time with him. Love you, Jen.

  12. My deepest sympathy to the family at this most difficult time. Al will be greatly missed but his beautiful spirit will live on through his family. Rest In Peace Al.
    Prayers and love for his beautiful family.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers for the family, I always appreciated Al’s competitiveness as we played a lot of slo-pitch back in the day.

    Our Deepest sympathy

  14. By knowing you and how you were raised I would have known with out reading the obituary that Al was a man of God. Our prayers are with you and yours Jeremy. I pray that God gives you and your family the peace that passes all understanding and that you feel His presence daily as He continues to comfort you in your time of need. Love from the Christian Family.

  15. A huge loss for the community and for TABOR College. Such a good man with such a big heart, caring and would do anything for others. He always looked for the best in others and spent his life helping them as well. He always wanted to make an impact on this world and achieved it greatly. Now he will be celebrated in Heaven for his sacrifices. What a great man. I will miss him.

  16. Thank you Al and Jennifer for everything! Never to be forgotten! Never apart in spirit. Fly high Al and see u on the other side of Jordan! Jen, know I’m here always for you 🙏😇❤️

  17. My heart hurts for Al’s family and so many who called him friend. My prayers are with you. Al had a unique set of traits that included humor, problem solving, vision casting, generosity and compassion. I was privileged to call him a friend and a brother in Christ. I will miss Al greatly. I grieve his passing but also rejoice that he is with Jesus. I look forward to seeing him again in our Heavenly home.

  18. Dear Emily, Amber and Avery,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s death so young. I know he loved you girls dearly and a huge presence in your lives. Love and hugs to you all and Em’s sweet boys. ❤️
    Jennifer, so sorry for your loss as well.
    ❤️ Amy

  19. God Bless and keep the Vogts Family in his loving arms, during this difficult time. You have my prayers and deepest sympathy. Hugs and God bless you all, I am so sorry for your loss.

  20. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Al was a “pillar” for the community and surrounding areas. He also is leaving a wonderful legacy to his loved ones.

  21. Jennifer and family:
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Al.
    Blessings to you as you celebrate his life and grieve his loss.
    Grand Central Senior Center

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