Gregory W. Vogt, Sr.
Gregory W. Vogt, Sr.
Gregory (Greg) W. Vogt, Sr., 67, of Indian Trail, NC, passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Carolinas Medical Center - Union after a brief but hard-fought battle against non-alcoholic liver failure. He was born on April 21, 1951, to Roy and Nellie (Gewedik) Vogt in Minneapolis, MN. He attended Edison High School in Minneapolis. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1968 and served in the Vietnam War until an honorable discharge in 1970 due to service-related injuries. He earned several commendations for his service, including a Purple Heart.
He had a varied career including multiple types of engineering and professional driving, and he retired from Firestone Complete Auto Care in 2015. He then moved from Duluth, MN, to Charlotte, NC, to relax in the warmer weather as he'd had enough of the frozen tundra. He enjoyed a variety of hobbies including cooking, engraving, and 3D printing, and he created a small business making wonderful homemade lotions, soaps, and candles.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived and greatly missed by five children: Brianne (Sean) McCort, of Indian Trail; Jeremy (Lindsy Jensen) Vogt, Joshua (Brittany Freer) Vogt, and Tiffani (Ronald) Purcell, of Duluth, MN; and Gregory Vogt, Jr., of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Ronnie and Owen Purcell, and Aidan Meyers, as well as his "grandpups" Tally, Sunny, Poe, and Tucker.
He believed it was important for everyone to make someone laugh at least once a day, and to always look for the humor in even the most difficult times.
Greg's family was the most important thing to him and he was so proud of all his children. Over the course of his illness, he would always talk to the medical staff about how he "had the best kids you could ask for." However, this was often said in the presence of one or more of his children, so this may have been said to ensure he would continue receiving pudding cups at home.
You always knew where you stood with him and he proficiently demonstrated this quality when he refused to take his medications until the doctor allowed him to eat, and then thoroughly cursed at the Mediterranean hospital food brought to him as a result.
Special thanks to Dr. Eliza Sangmuah; nurse practitioner Paula Lastoria; nurses Nolan, Jess, Carolyn, Julia, Lauren, Anthony, and Kim; Chaplain David Cole; and the staff at Matthews Internal Medicine, CHS Liver Care, and Carolinas Medical Center - Union who took such excellent care of him over the 11 weeks of his illness.
A celebration of Greg's life and the interment will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. There will be no Mediterranean food.