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In Memory of

Harold F. Bogan

March 10, 1921 - May 13, 2017

Obituary


Harold Fredrick Bogan, 96, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at his residence.

Services are set for 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at The First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Hospital St., Nacogdoches, with Dr. JeffMcDonald and Rev. John Bingham officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel.

Harold was born March 10, 1921 in Gasoline, Texas, located in the Texas Panhandle near Quitaque (Kitty Quay), where he grew up....

Harold Fredrick Bogan, 96, of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at his residence.

Services are set for 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, at The First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Hospital St., Nacogdoches, with Dr. JeffMcDonald and Rev. John Bingham officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel.

Harold was born March 10, 1921 in Gasoline, Texas, located in the Texas Panhandle near Quitaque (Kitty Quay), where he grew up. He was blessed to be born into a faith filled family led by parents Sidney T. Bogan and Mabel Taylor Bogan and 2 brothers and 1 sister.

He attended public schools in Quitaque and was active in football and basketball and also became district Golden Glove boxing champion in addition to participating in the State Tournament in Ft. Worth. Harold graduated from Quitaque High School in 1938 and worked for a couple of years in a local drug and grocery store. In these two years, he was considered the best maker of malts and milk shakes around...and still holds that title. In January 1942, one month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Harold joined the Navy and was stationed in various U.S. ports before being commissioned to the USS Varuna. On December 25, 1942, Harold married his high school sweet heart, Emily Margaret Gardiner, then back to war he went. While on the Varuna, most of his service was in the South Pacific theater from October 1943 to August 1945. Harold was honorably discharged from the Navy, October 6, 1945.

Thanks to the G.I.Bill, after the war, Harold attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) at Stillwater and finished at North Texas Teachers College (now University of North Texas) in Denton. After college, Harold began his 37 years working at Moore Business Forms in the accounting department at the Southern Regional office in Denton. While living in Denton, he was active in the First Methodist Church as well as serving in the Optimist Club as President and Lt. Governor and he and Margaret were well on their way to raising 3 children.

In 1962, Harold accepted the assignment of Plant Comptroller in the new Moore plant which opened in Nacogdoches. In January 1972, he became plant manager until his retirement April 1, 1984. Nacogdoches gave Harold the opportunity to continue his service in the First United Methodist Church where he was Chairman of the Official Board; served and chaired the Trustee and Staff Parish Relations Committees. He taught various Sunday School classes and was a member of the Open Door class since 1962, serving as President twice. Harold also was a member of the Heart to Heart Choir and was selected as Father of the Year in June 1987.

His civic activities included being a member and President of the Nacogdoches Booster Club, and Secretary Treasurer for 15 years. Harold was also a Rotary Club member since 1963 which included a Paul Harris Fellowship and a Four Way Test Award. He spent his time and money on and for others, living the Rotary Motto, "Service above Self". He chaired Nacogdoches Youth Baseball Association, United Way Fund Drives, and Crime Stoppers. Harold served on Nacogdoches County Industrial Foundation, Chamber of Commerce Committees and SFA Lumberjack Club while also serving several terms as Chairman of the Austin Hollow Homeowners Association.

Harold enjoyed traveling with family to all States except for two; two trips to Europe and Hawaii. Much of his "relaxation" time was spent at "the farm" whether it be feeding the cows, building fences, mowing the fields but his pride and joy was having undertaken (with the direct supervision of his frustrated architect of a wife) the remodeling of an old farm house. This retreat was the focus of many family get togethers and was the source of many years of enjoyment by countless friends and family. When he was not "at the farm" Harold enjoyed party bridge, golf and collecting antiques. He had a great love for Nacogdoches and lived Vic Fain's (long time editor of The Daily Sentinel) motto, "Let there be no strangers in Nacogdoches, just friends who have not met."
Harold's life foundation was his belief in God and the power of prayer. He was always available to offer a prayer with the sick, at Sunday School class, civic meetings, before meals at home, or any public gathering place.

Harold's journey has been a long one. His need for strength has been great. His strength came from family-two wonderful wives: Margaret (54 years); Mary "Fussy" (12 years); Christian parents; 3 Children; Grand and Great Grandchildren, friends and colleagues all. But most of all, as is recorded in Psalms 121, "I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help from the Lord."

Harold had a great love for the Open Door Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church, along with his Austin Hollow neighbors and his many special friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Sidney T. Bogan Sr,and Mabel Bogan; siblings, S.T Bogan Jr, Richard (Lit) Bogan, Betty Bogan Gaddy; step daughter, Paula Heflin Johnson; and his wives, Emily Margaret Gardiner Bogan and Mary "Fussy Heflin Bogan.

His survivors include his children, Carolyn Bogan Hardy and husband, Mike Hardy, Beth Bogan, and Roger Bogan and wife Suellen Dunning Bogan; stepson, Jim Heflin; grandchildren, Dr Kristi Bogan, Amber Bogan Wirth and husband John Wirth, Barrett Bogan and wife Jessica Rietveld Bogan, Shannon Spangler Patrick, Shelby Spangler Moore, Brian Hardy and wife Leo Garcia Hardy, and Becky Hardy Bechel and husband Andy Bechel; stepgrandchildren, Holly Heflin Casserly, Jim Heflin IV, and Anne Johnson; great-grandchildren, Nicole Hardy, Bo Hardy, Beckham Bogan, Austin Bechel, and Brynn Bechel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Family wishes to express a very special thanks to kind team of professionals with Accolade Hospice and the loving care givers who gave their heart and soul in caring for Harold the past year. For the following ladies, we pray God's special blessings: Lisa Miller, Keleca Palmer, Virginia Cox, Anjelica Wynn, Angela Garrett, and Kisha Sterns.

Pallbearers: Jerry Alexander, Brett Arrant, Mitch Ashley, Dr. Doug Bogan, Brian Hardy, Jim Heflin, Bob Owens, and A.W. Short Jr. Honorary pallbearers: Ray Ashley, Rick Braden, Ed Cole, Floyd Dobbs, and Bill Teague.

Memorials may be offerd to the First United Methodist Church 201 East Hospital St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961; Nacogdoches Treatment Center,119 Hughes St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961; Love Inc., P.O. Box 630423, Nacogdoches, TX 75963.

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