Ernest C. Pogge

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.


11 Condolences

  1. Pattie Johnston on January 18, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    A sincere, genuine gentleman. My sympathies to you. You were blessed with having two wonderful parents.

  2. Sheri J Flory on January 19, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Dorothy, our heartfelt condolences in the loss of your Father. I recall meeting your parents during the Douglas county fair. Cherish the wonderful memories. Sending our thoughts and prayers.

    Paul & Sheri

  3. Don on January 21, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I known Ernie only through our connection at KU but soon saw him as a caring inidividual and educator. He will be missed by the many that knew him.

    Don and Dianne Huggins

  4. Calvin C Rice on January 21, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I have known Ernie for approximately 50 years. Ernie was truly a brilliant, highly respected, military, and Christian gentleman. I will miss him very much. Our country has greatly benefited from his service as a citizen committed to serve in many ways.

    Calvin Rice

  5. Calvin C Rice on January 21, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Ernie was truly a brilliant citizen of the United States. He served as a highly respected military man, educator, and Christian gentleman. I will miss him very much.

  6. Jay Gillespie on January 22, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Dorothy, Ernie and Emma were very dear friends to Judy and me. May the LORD bless and comfort you and your brother.

  7. Erin McElwain Hellmuth on January 24, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I’m thinking of you during this time of loss. Both your Mom and Dad were tremendous servants and made an impact on my spiritual life.

  8. Lola Hopkins on January 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was so kind and caring when Peter and I attended Free Methodist Church. I loved hearing the story how Ernie and Emma met and married. They were great servants of God.

  9. Carl and Joyce Burkhead on February 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Dear Pogge Family: What a privilege it was to be a part of Ernie’s life. We are very sorry we won’t make the visitation or service but we want all of you to know how much we were bless by knowing Ernie. I (Carl) first met Ernie when he was a Captain teaching in the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, VA. I was a brand new 2nd Lt. and had no connection to KU. Later we would become fellow professors at KU; Ernie in Water Resources and I in Environmental Engineering. We both taught classes off campus beginning at the KU Med Center and the latest ones at the Edwards Campus. Ernie was the Lou Gehrig of the Water Resources staff. He taught lots of different courses as I recall and he did that for a long, long time. Ernie and Emma visited Joyce and me in 1994 while I was on sabbatical in Portugal. They did love to travel (it was great having a daughter who works in a travel agency). We are thankful that he and Emma are now reunited in the presence of the Lord Jesus who they served faithfully on this earth. What a great legacy for the Pogge family. Love, Carl and Joyce Burkhead

  10. Bob Bosanac on February 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    What comfort and blessing to know your Dad and Mom are again together, now with Jesus, cared for and loved by Him. Praying that the Lord’s nearness and peace fill and comfort you in the days ahead.
    Always were encouraged by the warm greetings from both Ernie and Emma so many Sunday morning worship hours at LFMC. Will be a forever memory of their friendship, and love of Christ.
    “The Lord bless you and keep you,” and your entire family also.

    In Christ’s Love,
    Bob Bosanac

  11. Heidi on February 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Dear Pogge Family ~
    Your dad was such a delight to talk to! Over many years I heard stories about how he and Emma, when they were young and living in Seattle (at UW) came to Crista Ministries to get furniture for their apartment. What a vision those two reunited in heaven!! What a life well lived. I am so grateful for his generosity and care for poor and marginalized children and their families living around the world. I pray you two have LOADS of precious memories!! My sympathy on your earthly loss of your dad.
    Heidi Williams, World Concern ~ CRISTA Ministries in Sea WA

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