Jacob "Butch" Kogo, 80, of Plantation, FL, went to be with his Lord on September 2, 2013. He was born to immigrant parents in North Tonawanda, NY, on October 8, 1932. He joined the U.S. Army / Air Force, serving in Korea during the Korean Conflict. In 1963, he moved to Detroit, MI to work as a Welder for Ford Motor Co, and married Emma Louise Edin, also of North Tonawanda. They were married for 50 years. Jacob loved food, fishing, and fellowship with his friends, always ready with a story and a joke. He loved doing and making things with his hands, and serving his community. He was a Scout Master, and Detroit Police Reserve Officer, and a member of the Citizens Patrol. He was a member of Rio Vista Community Church, in Fort Lauderdale. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony & Anne Kogo, brother David, and sister, Elizabeth. Jacob is survived by family that will love and miss him greatly: his brothers, Donald and Daniel, sister Ann Marie Bitter, wife, Emma, their 5 children, and 16 grandchildren: Rhonda (Mark) Hart (Amanda, Devin), Mark (Ashley) Kogo (Charlotte, Benjamin); Christine (Jim) Potter (Michael, Emily); Matthew (Michelle) Kogo (Samantha, Sarah, and Abigail); and Vincent (Jen) Kogo (Aeneas, Timothy, Hannah, Josiah, Simeon, Samuel, and Hadassah). Jacob's ashes will be interred at South Florida National Cemetery, in Boynton Beach, FL. A small memorial gathering will be held at home, at a future date. Arrangements entrusted to Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Online condolences at KalisMcintee.com.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2013