I did not personally know Chris “Red” Vogts though I certainly know his friends and former co-workers at Budget Bicycle in Madison. Chris was loved by many, many people, and he loved his friends, his family and animals. Chris also loved to ride his bike.
I attended his memorial service and witnessed a huge outpouring of grief, support and love for Red’s life and his family. Red was killed in Mississippi while on a solo bicycle trip from Wisconsin to meet a friend in New Orleans. Red leaves behind his parents Loretta and Scott and his sister Heather Vogts Dobbins.
The crowd at the memorial service was very large and moved slowly through a long line to pay respects to Red’s family. The hall was filled with pictures of Chris’ life. The following letter was enlarged on a poster board. Please take a moment to read.
I cannot imagine a more powerful testament to Red’s kindness and to the legacy he leaves, not only to these Mississippi residents, but to all of Red’s family and friends.
Remember Chris’ beautiful life when you’re out there riding and remember how he left this world with kindness and joy. WE are all Chris “Red” Vogts. Our Wisconsin nature demands that we are friendly and gracious. We love our family and our friends. We love our state. We are people who love to ride.
We do not know who we will touch in life or what the next moment will bring. Like Red, we should Ride On.