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George W. "Bud" Bogarth
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Birth: Apr. 28, 1923
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 2012
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA

Dubuque Telegraph Herald - March 24, 2012

George W. Bogarth, 88, of 2302 Pasadena Drive, No. 79, formerly of 2089 Lagen St., died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at home of natural causes, surrounded by his family.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Grand View United Methodist Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. To celebrate George's life, friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main St. Friends also may call after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

He was born on April 28, 1923, in Dubuque, son of Matthew and Lena (Weber) Bogarth. George was raised in Dubuque and attended Fulton and Jefferson schools. Following his father's passing, his mother remarried and they moved to North Terra Haute, Ind. He graduated from Otter Creek High School in Indiana in 1941.

His stepfather, Francis Henry, was a commercial fisherman. They shared work and both enjoyed the love of nature and the outdoor.

On Dec. 17, 1941, George enlisted in the Navy for six years. He spent most of that time on the "Sante Fe." He was very proud of America and his Navy service. He made many lifetime friends aboard the "Sante Fe," which was nicknamed the "Lucky Lady," as it weathered many battles and storms. All of his life, he retold many Navy stories. After he was honorably discharged, he returned to Dubuque.

He married Velma "Billie" Baumgartner, and together they raised three daughters; she preceded him in death.

He worked for Klauer Mfg. Co., the former Dubuque Packing Co., and for 30 years, for the city of Dubuque Water Department as an engineer and operator, retiring in 1986.

On Aug. 18, 1979, he married Dorothy (Baker) Gross and inherited seven more daughters. After they retired, they went on several Navy reunion trips, to Arizona, Niagara Falls and on Cubs bus trips.

He was member of Grand View United Methodist Church, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

George enjoyed cards, gardening, woodworking, fishing, and when he was younger, hunting. He spent many hours trout fishing at Swiss Valley. He cooked a lot of the trout for his family and friends. George really enjoyed the many family functions. He will be missed by all. In George's world, there were no strangers. Rest in peace, my friend.

He leaves behind his wife, Dorothy M. Bogarth, of Dubuque; three daughters, Kathe (Chuck) Lehman, of Dubuque, Patti (Karl) Nemmers, of La Motte, Iowa, and Donna (Mark) Zelinskas, of Dubuque; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; seven stepdaughters, Bonnie (Ron) Sheridan, of Zumbrota, Minn., Joyce (Gerry) Kleckner, of Palm Springs, Calif., Ann (Dennis) Turner, of Dubuque, Linda O'Neill, of New Lenox, Ill., Marla (Dean) Martin, of Alva, Fla., Penny (Jim) Fishler, of Milwaukee, and Darcy Lansing, of Dubuque; 16 stepgrandchildren; 22 stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters and brothers-in-law; and a grandson, Matthew Zelinskas.

Family links: 
  Matt Bogarth (1883 - 1936)
  Vilma Ann Baumgartner Bogarth (1929 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
Record added: Mar 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87224170
George W. Bud Bogarth
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George W. Bud Bogarth
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