Vernon Bogner

HENRY - Vernon J. Bogner, 79, of Winchester, Va., formerly of Henry, passed away and went home to meet his Lord on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Hospice Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Henry, Ill., on April 26, 1934, the youngest child of Anna Irene Wallace Bogner and Elmer Anton Bogner. He graduated from Henry Senachwine High School. He received his BA in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and pursued his MBA from James Madison University.

Mr. Bogner served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and achieved the rank of Specialist 2nd Class.

He worked for BF Goodrich Chemical in Henry, Ill., followed by 32 years as a chemical engineer at 3M Company in Middleway, W.Va., Austin, Texas, and Greenville, S.C.

Mr. Bogner belonged to The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, The American Institute of Plant Engineers and the 3M Retiree Groups in both Martinsburg, W.Va., and Arizona. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester, Va., and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Judith Lancaster Bogner, whom he married in 1958. They were blessed with five children, David Bogner of Tucson, Ariz., Stephen Bogner and wife, Linda, of Inwood, W.Va., Daniel Bogner and wife, Peg Martin, of Winchester, Va., Mary Lynn Bogner and husband, Ray, of Strasburg, Va., and Amy Bogner-Hargrove of Winchester, Va. He is also survived by three grandchildren that he was so very proud of, Ethan Joseph Hargrove and Emma Kaitlyn Darr of Winchester, Va., and Sierra Laurel Bogner of Tucson, Ariz. In addition, he is also survived by three siblings, Marie Cowan of Peoria, Ill., Neil Bogner and wife, Eleanor, of Catonsville, Md., and Rita Lauerman and husband, Tom, of Chesterton, Ind.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

His eldest brother, Laurence Bogner, preceded him in death.

A service in celebration and thanksgiving for the life of Vernon J. Bogner will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, with Father Stanley J. Krempa, the Reverend Dr. Ken Patrick and the Reverend Conrad Christianson officiating. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jan. 28, 2014