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Richard Bogue

February 18, 1921 - July 15, 2014


BogueOne of the greats of the Greatest Generation, Richard Bogue died July 15 at age 93.

Richard was born February 18, 1921, in Galesburg, IL, to Freeman S. and Nina (Reck) Bogue; shortly the family moved to Seattle, where he and his two brothers grew up. Richard graduated from (and played baseball at) Roosevelt High School, Seattle, class of ’39. He worked for the Post Office before being called for service in the Navy in World War II; he was a radioman in England, the Azores and North Africa.

On his return, he married Ruth Walker; they celebrated 65 years of marriage before her death in 2011. Back at work at the Post Office, his career included carrying mail and being an Investigative Aide and Postal Inspector; he retired in 1973. Richard then worked for Zurbrugg Construction for several years as a finish carpenter. He was a fine woodworker, and built many of the furnishings for the family’s homes over the years. He also enjoyed participating in his children’s activities, especially the ones that involved baseballs. He was a lifelong sports fan, cheering most enthusiastically for the UW Huskies, the Mariners and recently the Hops. Richard was an elder and a deacon in the Presbyterian Church; he had been a member of Bethany for almost 50 years where he enjoyed playing softball and being a member of the pinochle group and of the boat group.

Richard is survived by his children Patricia, Carol and Donald (Linda); five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother Phil; and nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 24, at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 15605 NW Springville Rd., Portland.

Remembrances may be made to

Bethany Presbyterian Church.



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