Howard James Vogt
1928 – 2019
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14.
FERRIDAY— A funeral mass for Howard James Vogt, 91, will be celebrated at noon Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ferriday.
Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Comer Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.
Howard James Vogt died at his home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Born in 1928, Howard was raised in Ferriday, Louisiana during 1930’s and 40’s, and enjoyed the wonderful experience of growing up in small town America as part of a close and loving family. Although he and Betty Jane lived most of their lives in Baton Rouge, he never lost connection with his home-town friends and relatives.
Whether cooking for family reunions on Lake St. John, throwing 4th of July barbeques or hosting New Year’s Day football parties, he wanted everyone around him to enjoy life; he was always the most generous guy in the room. A 1950 graduate of Louisiana State University, his passion for Tiger football, passed down for two generations and counting, was a big part of his life. Those of us who shared with him Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium and memorable road trips including the train to Birmingham and Tiger victory over Alabama in 1982, will always remember his fun-loving spirit.
Howard was loved and supported throughout his life by Betty Jane, his wife of 68 years. Together they shared the joy of raising a beautiful family and experiencing a full life together. Betty Jane was especially supportive, givingcare and comfort to Howard as he authored his final chapter in preparation for entry into God’s kingdom and eternal life.
He followed into the loving arms of his Lord, his infant daughter, Anne Jayne; his father and mother, Eugene W. Vogt and Ethel R. Vogt; his brothers Frank and wife, Floy, and Dr. Eugene W. Vogt Jr.; and sister, Katherine DePrato and husband, J.L.
Those that will follow him into eternity include his devoted wife of 68 years, Betty Jane; sons, Stephen Vogt and Philip Vogt and wife, Nancy; granddaughters, Rachel, Kelly and Jamie and husband, Stacy; grandson David and wife, Annie; daughters, Arden Soderberg and husband, Curtis; granddaughters, Erin Monsour and husband, George, Allison Richard and husband, Ross; daughter, Jane Schmolke and husband, Robert, and granddaughter, Rebekah; brother, John Barry, and sons Johnny and Thomas; sister-in-law, Marjorie “Queen of Ferriday,” and a number of nieces, nephews and grandchildren. He loved them all. He had a large family and a larger heart.
Donations may be made in Howard’s name to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ferriday.