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Jay R. Vogt

September 20, 1946 — September 19, 2023

Waterloo, IL

Jay R. Vogt, 76, of Waterloo, IL, died at home in the arms of Jesus September 19, 2023, in Waterloo, IL. He was born September 20, 1946, in E. St. Louis, IL.

 He is survived by his wife Judith Vogt (nee Daugherty); children Jerry (Kejun) Vogt and Christine (Daniel) Ventura; grandchildren twins Ayden and Zyden Vogt and Chase Shearer; great granddaughter Kayden Shearer; sisters Lorraine Hoffman, twins Arlene Vogt and Erlene Gasser; brother Melvin Vogt; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends

 Jay is preceded in death by his parents Lorenzo and Ardell (nee Mueller) Vogt; sisters Deloris Wienhoff and Carol Eames.

 He grew up in Columbia, IL and enjoyed going out to grandpa Henry's farm. Jay would help grandpa. Jay enjoyed life on the farm. Then at the age of 14 Jay worked at Linemann Oil Co. changing tires. One day he twisted off two log nuts and Mr. Linnemann had to show people that came in that day how strong Jay was... saying, "Look at these twisted off lug nuts. It's amazing." 

 Over the years Jay Worked at Sunline, the shipyards, MO Pacific as a welder, American Car as a welder, served in the military on return home. Then off to work to Chrysler car plant in Fenton, MO. During it all he had always did his best to be there for all his family.

 Jay went to Fort Knox, Fort Rucker, Fort Lennard wood for basic training, Fort Benning, Camp Darby was his 1st leg of training....this was one of many problem sites.

 He enjoys Cardinal baseball and western shows. So Lucky Jay at a problem site he got to meet and shake the hand of John Wayne who was shooting (the Green Berets).

 During SP 4 Jay's duty to country, he incurred an injury that landed him in Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia. In the Army, Jay became a combat trainer for the military; he also received training as a radio operator. l asked him how long he spent in the hospsital and he said "long enough to lose 15 pounds."

 Jay met Patty Duke, while in the hospital, who sang (To Sir with Love.) to him. After 24 months, he was honorable discharged and was then called back for a critical MOS as a communication operator.  (AUS Sig-C) having to do with training soldiers.    He received metals: National Defense Service, Communication Specialist, Sharpe shooter M-14.  After being honorably discharged, again returning home to his loving family and then creating a loving family of his own, with Judy as wife, adding two wonderful children Jerry and Christine living on a small farm outside of Waterloo, IL.

 Jay later found many community activities in Waterloo: serving as secretary and then president of the Waterloo Lions Club, served on the Health Board, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation Board, member of American Legion, Waterloo School Board and also a member of the Monroe County Planning Commission.

 Jay had a great sense of humor and infectious laugh and was always up for a good story or joke. There was never a dull moment if you were hanging out with Jay. He was very talkative and enjoyed people.

 The family would like to give a special thank you to all the friends and relatives that have stopped by our home these last few months, filling Jay's last days with joy. Many loving people have touched Jay's life, as he also touched the lives of so many. Thank you so much.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are to be given to:

Waterloo Lion's club for all the wonderful help toward the hearing and vision impaired.



 12 Noon to 5 PM Sunday, September 24, 2023 at Quernheim Funeral Home

 11 AM until time of service Monday at Quernheim Funeral Home



 12 Noon Monday, September 25, 2023 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL

 Pastor Will Hesteberg officiating

 Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO

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