A Life Well-Lived
The Columbus community is deeply saddened by the loss of Thomas Edward Bogen, a beloved figure who peacefully passed away at the age of 89 on June 12. He was residing at First Community Village at the time of his passing.
Thomas Edward Bogen was a highly respected individual who made significant contributions in various areas of life. His legacy is one that is characterized by love, family, and a strong dedication to community service and outdoor activities.
Columbus will forever remember and cherish the remarkable impact that Thomas Edward Bogen had on the community.
Early Life and Education
Tom Bogen embarked on his journey in Columbus, where he enrolled at Grandview High School. His exceptional athletic abilities not only granted him membership in the esteemed Brotherhood of Rooks but also secured him a well-deserved place in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Continuing his educational pursuits, Tom attended The Ohio State University, where he dedicated himself to obtaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Additionally, he became a distinguished member of the prestigious Sigma Chi fraternity, further enhancing his collegiate experience. Tom’s journey is a testament to his dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics.
A Successful Career and Community Service
Tom’s career in HVAC was not only successful but also a testament to his dedication and expertise in the field. His professional achievements were not the only way he made an impact, as his involvement in the community was equally remarkable.
For many years, Tom served as a board member of the Columbus Zoo, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to conservation and wildlife. This role allowed him to contribute to the preservation of endangered species and raise awareness about the importance of protecting our natural environment.
Tom’s passion for both his profession and his community made him a truly exceptional individual.
A Loving Family
Tom’s family was the center of his life. He and his beloved wife, Jeanne “Bunny” Bogen, shared an incredible 63 years of marriage. Together, they built a beautiful family, raising their children Amy Wulf, Tom, and Brady.
Tom found immense joy and pride in his family, including their spouses and grandchildren. They were a constant source of happiness for him. Tom’s love for his family was evident in the way he cherished every moment spent with them.
He treasured the memories they created together and valued the bond they shared. Family was truly the foundation of Tom’s life, and he was grateful for the love and support they provided him throughout the years.
A Passion for the Outdoors
Tom was a man of diverse interests. His love for the great outdoors took him hunting and fishing across Ohio, Wyoming, and Colorado. He cultivated bountiful vegetable and raspberry gardens, a testament to his passion for nature and sustainability.
A Devout Christian and Music Lover
A devout Christian, Tom found solace in studying scripture and lending his voice to the choir. His musical talents extended to playing the harmonica, a cherished companion he carried wherever he went. His children fondly nicknamed him the “Wayne Newton” of the Village, highlighting his gift for conducting sing-alongs at First Community Village.
Celebrating Tom’s Life
On June 12, Tom Bogen passed away peacefully at his home at First Community Village. The cause of his death was not explicitly mentioned. The family invites friends and well-wishers to join them in celebrating Tom’s life at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church on June 23 at 11 am.
The specific details surrounding Tom Bogen’s passing have not been disclosed publicly. The family is focusing on honoring Tom’s life through a Mass at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church on June 23 at 11 am, followed by a Celebration of Life from 4-7 pm at Our Lady of Victory Parish Life Center.
Continuing Tom’s Legacy
Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to organizations close to Tom’s heart – The Columbus Zoo, First Community Village Foundation, and Ohio Health Kobacker House. These contributions will undoubtedly carry forward Tom’s legacy and support the causes he held dear.
A Lasting Impact
Tom Bogen’s impact reached far and wide, not only through his professional endeavors but also in the relationships he cultivated and the communities he served. His commitment to family, love for nature, and passion for music and sports will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.