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Jacob A. "Jake" Bogaczyk, 90, died Nov. 7, 2012 at Madonna Manor in Villa Hills. Born in Covington, Pa., Jake was a resident of Ludlow for 60 years and later lived in Florence at Colonial Heights. He owned and operated Jake's Radio & TV Service in Ludlow for 30 years. Jake was well-known as a reliable repairman throughout Northern Kentucky. He previously worked in farming, and the grocery, coal mining and auto manufacturing businesses. He began in the TV business with Keene Furniture in Ludlow in the early 1950s. Jake grew up on a farm in Northern Pennsylvania. His mother died when Jake was 12 so he and his brother, Om, had to take care of the farm and their younger sisters and brothers, missing long lengths of school in the process. He returned to Pennsylvania regularly for visits with his brothers and sisters. He also went deer hunting annually on the Bogaczyk Farm, and was particularly proud of shooting a 13-point buck in 1946. Jake was preceded in death by his wife of 60-plus years, Ruth (Stallo) Bogaczyk, and nine siblings, brothers: Frank, Stan, Tony, John, Ambrose "Om", George, Charlie and Jim; and a sister, Veronica. He is survived by a son and daughter-in law, Jack and Carol (Trimpe) Bogaczyk, Barboursville, W.Va., and a son, Terry Bogaczyk, Covington, Ky., as well as three sisters, Kathryn "Kosh" Holton, Wellsboro, Pa.; Louise "Midge" Mitchell, Apalachin, N.Y.; and Martha "Mart" Bastian, Blossburg, Pa.; and a brother, Tom Bogaczyk, Blossburg, Pa. Jake served his nation in World War II, European Theatre, for nearly three years as a staff sergeant in the 631st Tank Destroyer Battalion, in Patton's Third Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, won nine service medals and was honored for his wartime service during the Ludlow Memorial Day Parade several years ago. He was a past president of World War II Vets of Ludlow, the Ludlow & Vicinity Business Association and a Kentucky Colonel. Jake was a member of Sts. Boniface & James Parish, the Ludlow Vets, Kelly-Furnish American Legion Post 7099, West Covington; and William B. Wilson American Legion Post 572, Blossburg, Pa. Jake was inducted into the Tioga County (Pa.) Sports Hall of Fame, the Hall's first inductee for soccer; led Covington (Pa.) High School to a state soccer championship in 1938. His soccer shoes were later bronzed by the school. A special thanks to Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, Ludlow, Sts. Boniface and James Church, and all of Jake's caregivers and residents at Colonial Heights, Madonna Manor and Hospice of the Bluegrass. Visitation is Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, 316 Elm St., Ludlow, with Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00AM in Sts. Boniface & James Catholic Church, 304 Oak Street, Ludlow. Interment in St. John's Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials in Jake's name are suggested to the Covington Catholic High School Athletic Department, 1600 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY, 41011. Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home serving the family. Online condolences to www.ronaldbjones.com
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Published in the Kentucky Enquirer from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2012
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