Howard P. Vogt, loving husband, father and grandfather, age 79, of West Alexander, Pa., and formerly of Upper St. Clair, Pa., passed away Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa.

He was born April 22, 1929, in Omaha, Neb., a son of the late George and Lydia Schlueter Vogt. He was a Lutheran.

Howard was a graduate of the University of Omaha. He was a dedicated employee of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, beginning his career as a safety engineer in Chicago, Illinois. He retired from Liberty Mutual after 43 years of loyal service as the Division Manager in the Loss Prevention Department in Pittsburgh, Pa. Howard was a Professional Engineer and a Certified Safety Professional. Howard was a member and past president of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and served at Valley Forge Army Hospital where he met his wife, Shirley Smith Vogt, who survives. They were married in Phoenixville, Pa., on December 10, 1955.

In 1969, Howard, along with a small group of Lutherans, built Christ Lutheran Church in Scituate, Mass. Howard enjoyed fly fishing trips with his friends in his younger years. In the 1980s he assisted his wife in breeding and showing their AKC Belgian Sheepdogs and was a member of the Belgian Sheepdog Rescue Trust providing shelter for many Belgian Sheepdogs until a permanent home could be found. Howard and his family enjoyed his summer home at Holiday Camplands in Andover, Ohio, for 25 years. In his retirement years Howard was a member of the Claysville American Legion Post 639 and served as an auditor for Donegal Township in Washington County Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Paul William and Gilbert George Vogt and his sister-in-law, Erna "Blondie" Vogt and brother-in-law, John "Jack" Peirson.

Howard is survived by his daughter, Wendy V. Szallay and her husband Frank, of Erie, Pa.; his son, Paul L. Vogt, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and his son, James B. Vogt and his wife Michele, of Cranberry Township, Pa. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Christopher Paul and Adam Rusmisel, of Claysville, Pa., and Matthew and Caroline Vogt, of Cranberry Township, Pa.; and a brother, Noland Vogt and his wife Barbara, of Merlin, Oregon; and a sister-in-law, Jane Peirson, of Phoenixville, Pa.

No visitation will be observed. Friends may attend a memorial service at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church Chester Springs, Pa., on Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Ronald P. Wesemann officiating.

Interment will follow in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Chester Springs, Pa.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts in memory of Howard Vogt may be sent to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1239 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425.

Arrangements are by the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 West 10th Street Erie, Pa.

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