Services for Ernest Christian Pogge, 90 of Lawrence will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Lawrence Free Methodist Church in Lawrence. Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. at The Veterans Administration Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS.
Ernest was born April 11, 1927 in Clarion, Iowa the son of William Henry Christian and Dorothy Henrietta Ernestine Lassen Pogge.
Ernest served his country for over 40 years in the Army, retiring as Colonel. He served during World War II and the Korean Conflict and also in the Army Reserve.
He worked For the US Forest Service, US Army Corp of Engineers and US Geological Survey. He was also a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kansas from 1967 until he retired in 1998.
He was a member of Lawrence Free Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school, until this past November. He was a member of the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post #14 and he was an advocate for AARP with the Kansas Legislature. Ernest and Emma traveled to Branson each year during Veteran’s Week to participate with other veterans being honored for their service. He loved working at the family farm in Iowa and traveled the World always wanting to learn and read about historical and current events.
He married Emma Eliza Ball on December 20, 1950 in Westmoreland City, Pennsylvania. She preceded him in death on January 2, 2015.
Survivors include his daughter, Dorothy Pogge; his son, George Pogge both of Lawrence; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Memorials can be made to the Ernest Pogge Scholarship fund in care of the KU Endowment Association or Free Methodist World Mission and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.