Roy A. "Gus" Bogda
Birth date: June 5, 1921
Death date: May 25, 2012
Plover, Wis. -- Roy A. “Gus” Bogda, 90, formerly of Horicon, passed away peacefully at his home in Plover, surrounded by his wife and children.
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, at St. Stephen Lutheran church in Horicon, with a funeral service to follow. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon.
Roy was born June 5, 1921, to Frank and Louise (Weber) Bogda. He lived in the same farmhouse in which he was born until 2009, when he moved to Plover. Roy married Bernice Neitzel, the love of his life, on April 22, 1950. Roy and Bernice farmed the land just west of the Horicon city limits for their entire working careers. The family operated the Bogda Egg Farm from the early 1960s through the 1970s.
Roy was graduated from Horicon High School in 1939. He was a proud member of the 1938 high school state championship half-mile relay team. Roy also participated in football and basketball, and later served as a referee for the city basketball league and as a junior varsity football coach during the War years.
Roy never attended college, but helped his three children earn degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1970s. Roy was a devoted Wisconsin Badgers fan, having attended at least one home football game each year from 1935 through 2010. He was also one of Horicon’s best ambassadors, talking up the “City on the Marsh” to everyone he met. Roy rarely missed attending Horicon High School sporting events, supporting boys’ and girls’ teams with equal fervor.
Roy was baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen Lutheran church in Horicon, where he served as an usher for more than 60 years. He most recently was a member of St. Paul Lutheran church in Stevens Point.
Roy had a wonderful sense of humor, and was loved and held in the highest esteem by family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice, children Bob (Pam) Bogda of Campbell, Calif., Mary (Tom) Weller of Stevens Point, and Ann (Ed) Kreul of Wilmington, N.C., seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Adeline Schwertfeger, and great-grandchild Harrison Roy Little.
If desired, memorials may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran church in Horicon or to St. Paul Lutheran church in Stevens Point.
3:00 pm on Friday, June 1, 2012 .....A Memorial Service will take place at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon, WI at 3:00 p.m., with a visitation just before begining at 1:00 p.m.
Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon