Al Vogan, age 90, passed away April 16, 2023, with his loving wife by his side at his home that he cherished in Colorado Springs. Al lived in Colorado Springs for 33 years and was formerly a resident of Pueblo. Alan Kenyon Vogan was born June 2, 1932, to Alfred S. Vogan and Margaret (Schropp) Vogan in Canton, Ohio. His first wife, Nola (Walker) Vogan, and he had two daughters, Kimberly and Allison. Later he married Shirley Childress Thompson in Denver, Colorado. Al and Shirley had three children, Jeni, Jill, and Lance.
As a student, Al was an accomplished gymnast, performing at entertainment events. He was a passionate race car driver in his early years. He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America and raced in many races on the East Coast. He also loved snow skiing and all water sports. Al was fond of saying he heard you could snow ski and water ski both on the same day if you moved to Colorado – and so he did. In Colorado he belonged to the American Water Ski Association and earned several trophies and awards for his amazing water-skiing abilities. His main love was power boating everywhere and anywhere, but mainly Lake Powell where he claimed to have visited 49 times. He also pursued canoeing and kayaking. He biked, he hiked, and he climbed rocks and walls. Al set the pace for any to follow. And he never, ever gave up!
Al had other passions as well. Figuring out complex problems and “inventing” strategies to solve them kept him busy and engaged. He loved gun collecting and shooting and was an avid defendant of the 2nd amendment. Al loved to write short stories, both historical fact as well as fiction.
Al graduated Lehman High School in 1950 in Canton, Ohio and Dennison University, Granville, Ohio in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He spent two proud years in the Army and became a Military Intelligence Specialist. Later he worked for Lockheed/Martin as a Human Factors Engineer. Al retired from Colorado State Employment Service in 1987.
Al is survived by his wife, Carol; and his children: Jeni (Sharp), Jill (Dewar) and Lance Vogan; his stepchildren: Gwen Morgan, Todd Allen and Casey Allen; his grandchildren: Devon, Kenyon, Brenden and Bryanna; and great-grand son, Theo; as well as numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
Al was an only child and was proceeded in death by both parents.
A military Inurnment service will be held Friday, May 5, 2023, at 9:00 am at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Rd, in Colorado Springs. A gathering will be held at Carol and Al’s home.
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Boogie Sorency2 May 2023
I will miss seeing Al at the Y. He always had a smile on his face, even though he may have been struggling on the inside. RIP Al. Boogie