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.