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Lt. Col. (Ret) John W. Vogt, Jr.

Born: Mon., May 26, 1947
Died: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 24, 2017
Location: Hanley and Sons

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 25, 2017
Location: Hanley and Sons

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Lt. Col. (Ret) John W. Vogt, Jr., 70 of Granger passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Brownsville, PA on May 26, 1947 to Lt. Col. (Ret) John W. and Virginia (McLaughlin) Vogt, Sr.  John has been a resident of the Michiana area since 1994 coming from Ohio.

On October 25, 1969 in Chandler, AZ he married Barbara J. Bennett who survives.  John is also survived by his mother, Virginia Vogt of Upper Marlboro, MD; three daughters, Kara M. Vogt of Stevensville, MI, Krista M. (Dillon) Gonderman of Indianapolis, IN and Alexis M. Vogt of Granger; one son, John M. Vogt of South Bend; four grandchildren, Lana Vogt, Kassidy Grange, Kayden Vogt and Zachary Osborne and three brothers, Mark Vogt, Eric Vogt both of Maryland and Danny Vogt of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lt. Col. John W. Vogt, Sr.

John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor Degree in Economics.  He also had a Master’s Degree in Management from  Central Michigan University.

He retired from the South Bend Community School Corp. after 20 years of service doing what he loved, working with the students in the Junior ROTC Program at Clay High School.  He also retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 24 years of active duty, serving during Desert Storm and Desert Shield and served two tours during Vietnam as a B-52 pilot.

John loved photography, watching Notre Dame Football, and Military Aircrafts especially B52’s which is what he flew during his service in the U.S. Air Force.  He also was a history buff and loved watching the History Channel and older war movies.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 24th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel” located at State Road 23/W. Ireland Road, South Bend.  Funeral services will be on Wednesday, October 25th at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Mike Smith officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to American Diabetes Association, 115 North Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601.

The HANLEY and Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements, services and extends its deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Vogt family.

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Yvette Wolter
   Posted Sun October 22, 2017
So very sorry to hear of our Lt. Col. Vogt's death--he would always brighten my days at Clay HS with his quick smile and light hearted quips. What a wonderful man.

Linda Eckenberger
   Posted Mon October 23, 2017
My brother in law by name, a brother to me. John was always kind,he would share what ever he had if I needed something. I will miss seeing him sitting in his chair, standing at the grill, his greeting when I would walk in. Every time I see a Notre Dame game I will think of him and how if we were losing he would get up & go outside!!

Rest easy John, God be with you.

LCDR Stephen White USN (ret)
   Posted Mon October 23, 2017
I remember John very well as a friend and a mentor of mine while I was the Navy JROTC Instructor at LaSalle High School. We had many good times talking about or Cadets, the military and things in general. I knew him as a fair and honest man. He passing is a great loss to the South Bend Community.

Kara Vogt
   Posted Mon October 23, 2017
Dad, life will never be the same. I miss you so much it literally hurts. You were always amazing. I love you to the moon and back.

Barbie Mechem
   Posted Wed October 25, 2017
Barbara and Family,

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere sympathy to you.

Take care and God Bless,


Maj Gen (Ret) Peter K Sullivan
   Posted Fri October 27, 2017
I was very sad to hear of John's passing. I'm also sad that I couldn't attend the funeral services as I was on vacation in Portugal and only learned of the event when I returned and read my old SB papers. John and I were good friends together at Notre Dame 1965-1969 mainly thru AF ROTC and its flying program at Stockert's at SB Airport. I followed his AF career and we shared experiences in the Vietnam War and Desert Shield and Storm. I was a tanker pilot and always hoped I would one day to refuel his B-52 inflight. John was always upbeat and had a huge smile and great stories. We all will miss him. Pete

Timothy Jeffrey
   Posted Sun October 29, 2017
My condolences to the family of Lt. Col. Vogt. The Colonel and the ROTC class is what I looked forward to each day. Timothy Jeffrey Clay High school class of 1999.

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