Ret. Col. Richard J. Vogt



  • Ret. Col. Richard J. Vogt

Ret. Col. Richard J. Vogt passed away January 8, 2021, due to the COVID-19 virus.

A Gathering of Remembrance to celebrate the life of Richard Vogt will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, at First United Methodist Church, in Weatherford.

He was born March 31, 1945, to Herb and Ella Vogt in Elk City. He grew up in Corn, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He earned his Master of Science degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University.

Col. Vogt was a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran who spent more than 25 years committed to the service of his country. He was a meteorologist and his career included executive level experience as a colonel in a variety of key leadership positions.

He served in diverse locations throughout the United States as well as overseas in Korea, Japan and Germany. His duty assignments included war zones in Vietnam and Iraq. He received numerous military awards, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Following his Air Force career, he served in the federal civil service for 21 years as Deputy Director and Director of U.S. Nexrad Radar Operations Center (ROC) in Norman.

In his retirement he volunteered at the Weatherford Food and Resource Center. He was active in his faith and sang in the chancel choir and served on the Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church.

Those left to cherish Richard’s memory include: Cheryl, his wife of 55 years; his daughters, Corinne Hipps (Daniel), of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Kelly Poarch (Scott), of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Max, Sam and Taylor; sisters, Mary Anne Couch and Karol Dillard (Charles), of Weatherford; and numerous loved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was a humble, soft spoken, reserved and hard-working man. He cherished his entire family and adored his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Weatherford Food and Resource Center, PO Box 362, Weatherford OK 73096.