AMerican Veteran 11

Bernard "Jack" John Bogenreif

October 26, 1933 ~ June 16, 2020 (age 86)


Bernard (Jack) John Bogenreif, 

Age: 86

Address: 455 Andall Street, Lino Lakes MN 55014

Date of Death: 06/16/2020     Place of Death: Encore of Hugo Assisted Living Memory Care

Date of Birth: 10/26/1933      Place of Birth: Ortonville MN

Survived by: Son Bernie (Kerry), Son Don (Laura), Son Allen, Sister Mary Lou and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren

Preceded by: Wife Colleen, Parents Ben and Helen, Brother Jim, Sister Deanna, Daughter Charlotte, Son Joseph

Visitation and Memorial Service to be announced and held at a later date, hopefully in the fall due to covid virus concerns.

Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River MN.

Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Society or Take a Vet Fishing.

Jack was born and raised in Ortonville MN. He enlisted in the US Navy and served for 8 years including during the Korean war as a proud member of the Sea Bees. He was stationed on Guam, Adak and in Korea and at Port Hueneme where his two oldest children were born. He was married to Colleen while he was in the navy, and after leaving the navy, attended barber school in St. Paul. He moved his family to Bigfork where his two younger sons were born. He was the town barber, constable, and was instrumental in starting the Bigfork ambulance service where he served as an EMT. He also worked as a logger in the Bigfork area and on the North Shore area. He had a logging business, and worked at Rajala Mill and at Scenic State Park. He was also known in the area as the guy who could repair nearly anything, and took many odd jobs over the years. He volunteered as a Golden Gloves Boxing coach in Bigfork where he influenced many young men. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting, shooting, and telling stories about hunting, and fishing with family at every opportunity. He loved fishing the Bigfork River for his favorite fish, the Muskie, and loved the North Shore of Lake Superior, where he camped with his wife, Colleen for vacations. He moved to the twin cities area following the death of his wife in 2017. He loved kids, particularly his grandkids and great grandkids and loved spending time with his family. He will be missed by his many friends and family members. Rest in peace, Jack. You done good.

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