Burton S. Bogart
February 18, 1943 - April 29, 2017
Burt Bogart (1943-2017) lost his fight with cancer on April 29, 2017. He died at home in the arms of his loved ones. Burt is survived by his wife, Louise, and their two sons, Sam and Jon. His humor and sarcastic wit will be sorely missed by all who enjoyed his company. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, who opened his heart and his home to friends and family, and actively advocated for those whose voices were, or felt, unheard.
Burt was born Feb 18, 1943 in New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in NYC and then from Alfred University with a degree in Ceramic Engineering. Burt also earned an MBA from Ohio University.
While at Alfred University, Burt was a member of Kappa Nu, which later became Phi Epsilon Pi, and is now part of Zeta Beta Tau. Burt met the love of his life, Louise Berry, at Alfred University. They married on August 29, 1965. Their first home was in Lancaster, Ohio, where their sons were born.
Burt's first job out of college was with Anchor Hocking's Glass Division in Lancaster, Ohio. He held positions in research and development, personnel management, and new product development. Burt holds five US patents acquired during his time with Anchor Hocking. Community involvement included Lancaster Jaycees and United Way.
Burt joined the Ohio National Guard in 1964 and attended artillery school at Fort Sill, OK. His army unit was "austerized" (Burt's word) when McNamara was cutting back the military. Then Burt joined the Ohio Air National Guard to fulfill his commitment. When the Pueblo was seized in 1968, Burt's unit was one of those activated and that unit spent one year in South Korea
Burt and his family moved to Honolulu, HI in 1978. While there, Burt held several positions with Theo Davies Ltd, one of what was then referred to as "The Big Five" Corporations in Hawaii. He retired from Pacific Machinery as a VP in 2004. Community involvement included Aloha United Way, his neighborhood association, and Hawaii Blood Bank.
Both Sam and Jon attended university and decided to work on the mainland. Burt tired of the long flight so he and Louise retired in Oregon to be near the boys. Burt became involved with Marion Polk Food Share, Veteran Support groups, his neighborhood association, Home Owners Association, and progressive causes.
As a Viet Nam Era veteran, working with today's young vets was important to Burt. He was especially proud to live in one of the nation's only 500 counties to have a Veteran's Court that deals with the special circumstances facing today's veterans and keep vets out of the traditional criminal justice system.
Being a compassionate person, Burt was concerned at the number of children in Marion and Polk counties that live at or near the poverty line. His desire to help those not as fortunate as himself led him to volunteer at the local food share where his professional work experience and education proved to be a great help to the organization.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday June 4 at 1 P.M. in the social hall of Temple Beth Shalom in Salem OR, with simultaneous gatherings in Hawaii at 10 A.M. and on the East Coast at 4 P.M. For further information, search for Burt Bogart on Facebook. This is a public page so Facebook membership is not necessary.
The family is collecting stories about Burt to be shared at the Celebration of Life and which will be compiled in a memory book afterwards. If you have a story you would like to share, please either post it to the Facebook page or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In honor of his passing, the family requests donations to the Marion Polk Food Share 1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE Salem OR 97301, your local food bank, or The Healthwell Foundation P.O. Box 170305 Milwaukee, WI 53217-9962 which assisted with the monumental costs of Burt's cancer treatments. Because of Burt's compassion for the suffering of others, he would want to pay this forward.
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