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Richard "Dick" Vogt aka "Richard From Texas" Richard Victor "Dick" Vogt, aka "Richard From Texas", was born Oct. 24, 1947 in Richmond, MN, and died suddenly and peacefully on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010. He was raised in St. Cloud, MN, was a graduate of St. Cloud Tech High Scool, and spent some time "enjoying" college at St Cloud State. It was there that he met his ex-wife, Shirley Brewer, and the mother of his two sons, Royce and Rafferty "Raff" Brewer-Vogt. Shortly after the birth of their first child, Richard and Shirley moved to Texas to sell Solar Energy and leave the cold winters.

A maverick of a man and entrepreneur, Richard began as his hometown scrapper, became a Vietnam Veteran, and, later, a "Commodities Broker". Interspersed before, during and after that, he was an oil-field man, eighteen-wheeler truck driver, the first dealer of Birkenstocks in the Dakotas, sack-shaker in a mid-western landfill, highway construction worker, cable television salesman and early supporter of MTV, car salesman and financier, hippie farmer on a commune, radio voice-over announcer, medical equipment dealer and renovator of old houses. In Richard's words, he "never did have much of a career path and never could do anything but the hustle".

Many also knew him as "Richard from Texas", who made his public debut in Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love . Book critics dubbed him "a remarkable character with colloquial one-liners dispelling poignant, irreverent, humorous advice" and "so wise and possessing such an incredibly unique spirit", and "a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas."

Richard relished any opportunity to share his love, charisma, and great wisdom from his remarkable life journey. He was especially proud of becoming sober in 1985, and remaining sober until his untimely death. Throughout his last few years, he took great pleasure in his public engagements, talks, and appearances (including two on the "Oprah" show). Having recently returned from one of his many trips to an ashram in India, Richard was a yogic meditator and passionate about his commitment to his favorite guru and foundation.

Richard also loved to fish, meditate, travel, read, and enjoy good food and the company of good people. He was a talented tinkerer, creator, and crafted beautiful homes from nothing, but his greatest passion was his family and the people he loved. He was an unpretentious, lanky, and compassionate man with a unique spirit. Undeniably a genuine and distinct character with a heart of gold, he was especially devoted to his two sons. Richard will be forever remembered for his keen wit, his exceptional talent at telling a great story, and his amazing ability to love unconditionally. Richard was predeceased by his mother and father, Eileen Thull Vogt and Victor Vogt; his ex-mother and father-in-law, Richard and Norma Brewer.

He is survived by: his sons, Royce of San Antonio and Raff of Austin; his four brothers and sister: Tom and Nancy Vogt of Victoria, MN; Pete and JoAnn Vogt of Eden Prarie, MN; Gordy and Betty Vogt, Chas and Deb Vogt, Jean and Kevin Motschke all of St. Cloud, MN; nieces and nephews: Melissa Brettingen, Megan Schack, Katie Vogt, Shane Vogt, Rachelle Wilson, Dylan Vogt, Jada Vogt, Hannah and Collin Motschke; his ex-wife Shirley Brewer of Round Rock, and his ex-in-laws, Babe, Dick, Kris, Patrick, Connie, and Lance Amos; Pete, Rick, and Brent Peterson all of Sioux Falls, SD; his dearly loved friend, Nyla Braun of Austin, and her family, Alice The Great, Jason, Justin and James (who were loved like his grandsons) all of Austin; and Joseph Hook of Boseman, MT.

Richard also leaves behind his special friends, "Clecie Bell", "Groceries" and "Sadhguru", along with a myriad of loving and grieving friends from around the world. He will be greatly missed.

A one-of-a-kind celebration of Richard's life was held at Mercury Hall in Austin, TX on Monday evening.

The family requests that donations in Richard's name be made to Isha Foundation (www.ishafoundation.org/donate). However, Richard would want anyone who cares to do as they please.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 12, 2010
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