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John A. Bogen

Bremerton, WA

John A. Bogen passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the age of 85. John will be fondly remembered by family and friends at a celebration of his life at the Sons of Norway in Poulsbo at 2 p.m. on June 16, 2018. John was born in Bellingham to Arthur and Mabel Bogen, both of his parents were school teachers (his father was a principal.) John grew up in Centralia as the oldest of three children, his brother Robert and sister Carol Oster, preceded him in passing. After graduating from Centralia High School, John served in the United States Air Force as a Radio Mechanic 2. John then attended the University of Washington where he met his wife, Laura (Smith) while they were both pursuing Engineering degrees, graduating together in 1956. The couple wed on August 25, 1956, and lived briefly in Seattle before making their home in Bremerton and raising three children. John retired as a Department Head after a 30-year career with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport, working with the MK48 torpedo, doing the job he loved. After retirement, John volunteered at the Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport, where he spent many hours and was instrumental in researching and gathering many artifacts with help from many friends. The crew was commonly referred to and known inevitably as "Bogen's Heroes". The crew helped move artifacts, both big and small, from torpedoes to technical manuals, into the museum. He and Laura traveled with many friends after their retirement. John especially enjoyed "hunting" trips with his cohorts. Mr. John A. Bogen is survived by his wife of 61 years, Laura, his daughter Krista (Chris) Zwan, sons William Bogen and John F. Bogen as well as many grandchildren, one great-grandchild with another on the way, and other loving family members. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to any educational charity.
Published in Kitsap Sun on June 3, 2018
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