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THOMAS J. BOGDON

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Writer, editor and friend Thomas J. Bogdon, 69, of Kansas City, Mo., passed on to his eternal reward on January 16, 2010, at the University of Kansas Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. Tom was born on March 5, 1940, to Ruth and Walter Bogdon of Kansas City, Mo. He is survived by his brother, Jon, of Shawnee, Kan., and a sister, Ann Ninneman of Merriam, Kan., as well as many nieces and nephews, plus many great nephews and nieces. Tom graduated from Bishop Hogan in 1958 and joined the United States Coast Guard Reserves to fill his military obligations. Tom went on to attend Washington University in St. Louis where he graduated with a degree in journalism. When he returned home, Tom joined the staff of the Kansas City Times in the early 1960s working as a general assignment reporter, but rose through the ranks to become City Hall reporter covering local politics. Tom quickly developed a reputation for being a tenacious investigative journalist who cared deeply for Kansas City and the craft. After leaving the Times in the late 1970s, Tom become the Editor of the Richmond (Mo.,) Daily News. Tom also contributed articles to The View, The Pitch and the Union Beacon before becoming the editor of the Kansas City Labor Times in the early 90s. After the Labor Times, Tom was hired as the editor of Kansas City Labor Beacon, its competitor. Most recently, Tom was the editor/publisher of The KCTribune.com online newspaper. Tom was a respected member of the Redemptorist Catholic Church, where he was Deacon, and worked tirelessly through his writing to be a loyal defender of the ordinary man, organized labor, Union Station, light rail and the Democratic Party. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost, with Mass of Christian Burial being held at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, at the Redemptorist Church, 3333 Broadway, Kansas City. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery. The family is asking for donations to be made to the University of Kansas Medical Centers' Oncology department for the compassionate care they provided Tom. Arrangements: Muehlebach Funeral Home (816) 444-2060.
Published in Kansas City Star from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2010
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