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Rich VogtRetired Colonel Richard J Vogt passed away January 8, 2021 due to the COVID-19 virus.  He was born on March 31, 1945 to Herb & Ella Vogt in Elk City OK. He grew up in Corn, Oklahoma 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.  Colonel (Retired) Vogt was a decorated US 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 US Nexrad Radar Operations Center (ROC) in Norman, OK.  In his retirement he volunteered at the Weatherford Food & 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 Richardís 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. He had 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 & Resource Center, 122 S. 8th Street, Weatherford OK 73096. 

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Ralph Dempsey Crago,(LtCol. Ret) 96, of Swansea, Illinois, born Saturday, September 15, 1923 in Chillicothe, Ohio, peacefully entered his heavenly home on Friday, July 3, 2020 at home in Swansea. He was the son of Arthur H. Crago and Carrie B. nee Dempsey of Chillicothe, Ohio. He had a long, happy marriage of 63 years to Edith Mae McKean from Warren, Ohio. Ralph was a veteran of three wars, WWII, Korea, & Viet Nam. He served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps and later in the United States Air Force. He remained in the Reserves after WWII and when called back to serve during Korea, he decided to become a career officer in the USAF.  He spent his Air Force career in Air Weather Service serving at Shemya AFB, Alaska; Nashville & Knoxville Tennessee; Anderson AFB, Guam; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; USAFE headquarters, Wiesbaden, Germany; and Scott AFB, Illinois.  While stationed on Guam, a major part of his job was to fly WB-50's into typhoons to gather weather data, many times flying home on a "wing and a prayer". He retired in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel. After his military career, he was employed as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State of Missouri for 17 years. Ralph was a graduate of Centralia High School in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was the last surviving graduate of the Class of 1941. He attended The Ohio State University for 3 1/2 years when he was called back to serve during Korea. He completed his Bachelors in Mathematics at Maryville College in Tennessee and later received a Masters in Guidance Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was a life-long Methodist and a member of Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL. He served alongside his wife as Sunday School superintendent and Youth group leader in multiple churches and was active on many Boards and committees within the church. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Retired Officer's Association. Ralph was a farm-boy at heart, an avid reader, rarely missed an Ohio State football game, and loved being with his family. Though very quiet in nature, even until his last days, he was quick to provide sage advice to his sister, children, and grandchildren. One of his Air Force ER's stated that "when Ralph speaks you better listen." He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother, Arthur Gene Crago. He is survived by his sister, June C. Ginther of Chillicothe, Ohio; his children: Carrie D. Crago of Swansea, Illinois, and Ralph D. (Jill) Crago, Jr. of Gilbert, Arizona; his grandchildren: Claire, William, Vincent, Emily, Libbi, and Shaelani Crago and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Union United Methodist Church - Music Ministry, or the Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois. Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2020 at Kurrus Funeral Home with Rev. Dennis D. Price officiating. Interment will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe, Ohio on Thursday, July 16, 2020.





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