WAUKESHA

Allen (Al) Frederick Vogt Sr.

Oct. 4, 1932 - Jan. 12, 2006

Mr. Allen "AL" Frederick Vogt, 73, of Milwaukee, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, at Waukesha Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 4, 1932, at St. Anthonyís Hospital in Milwaukee, he was the son of the late Hubert William and Elizabeth Bridget Vogt (nee Hall). He was a private with the 29th Infantry Regiment in Company C when he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In Alís earlier years, he loved to spend family time out on Lake Michigan on his boats, the Kristina, the Mickey Mouse and the Lady Di; and in his later years on his son Daveís boat. Al forever loved to take rides along the beautiful Lake Drive and especially loved to park and watch the waves.

Mr. Vogt is remembered for being a connoisseur of Smirnoff Vodka and Pall Mall cigarettes. He was ringleader of the Al Vogt Ex-Wives Club, whose members include Joan (mother of Debbie), Jacquie and Bobbie (mother of Dave, Allen, Kristy and Greg). He is best remembered for his ability to make people laugh and for his incredible (albeit sometimes warped) sense of humor.

The last few years of his life, Al enjoyed watching The History Channel and cherished the time he spent brushing up his God-given artistic abilities on some of the most beautiful drawings ever created. He was always very grateful to those who kept him stocked with art supplies. Those gifts helped to bring him a deep sense joy.

Survivors include his five children and their spouses/companions, Debra Tickler and husband Dale of Wallace, Mich., David T. Vogt (and Buzz), Allen F. Vogt Jr. (and Camela) of Montello, Kristina R.E. Miller and husband Nathan of Matthews, N.C., and Gregory T. Vogt of West Allis. He is also survived by his loving sister, Betty King (Bibs) and her husband Harvey of Germantown; two foster sisters, Annie Matuszak and her husband Mervin (Johnny) of Sussex and Kathryn, wife of the late Jack Conner, of Cudahy. Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Brent, Robert (Bobby), Jessica, Tylor, Samuel, Kayleigh and Benjamin; great-grandchildren; special family members Jeff Tickler and Jason Sell; and many nieces and nephews, including special nieces, Betty Lou Brunner and Kelly Swartz.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Vogt was preceded in death by his brother, Hugo Vogt, husband of Marge Vogt.

Mr. Vogtís family would like to express their profound gratitude to Alís niece, Betty Lou, and her daughter, Kelly, along with attorney Colleen OíConnor Patzer for their hard work in getting Al into a safer, competent and more loving environment for the last months of his life. We would also like to thank all the incredibly sweet and skilled nurses, doctors and other staff of the Waukesha Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center. Special thanks to Vitas Innovative Healthcare who did such a great job with his hospice care.

Mary Jo, thank you for being so sweet, loving and calming to Al for his last breaths. May God richly bless you. Thank you very much Doug Schoen for taking the time and energy to visit with Al the last weeks of his life.

Thank you to Bud of Informed Choice Funeral and Cremation Alternatives for making the arrangements, for all your patience and hard work and for being so sweetly supportive. You have done a very good job.

Mr. Vogt will be cremated. At 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, his ashes will be placed in a columbarium at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery following a military honors ceremony. A separate committal service officiated by pastor Douglas Schoen of Elmbrook Church will follow the military ceremony.