Ret. Col. Charles Bogner left us peacefully Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 after 93 trips around the sun.
He was born on Nov. 25,1916 to August and Nell Bogner in Cedarville, Calif., and was raised by Jim and Josie Wakefield on their ranches in Lakeview. In high school he worked as a clerk for Bert Snyder, the local drug store owner, who generously sent him to OSU where he majored in Fish and Game Management. World War II interrupted, and he was called up to active duty.
He entered the U.S. Army, Artillery Division as a 2nd Lt. in 1939. A few years later, he met Jean Spencer of Tacoma, Wash., who became his bride on July 17, 1942. Charles proudly served his country in campaigns in Africa, Italy, France and central Europe. After the war he continued to make the military his career until 1964, when he retired with his family to southern California. He pursued a second career with Teledyne Ryan Aeronautics at Lindbergh Field for nearly 17 years. In addition, with his wife, he became a farmer, managing both avocado and citrus groves in the San Diego area.
Charles and Jean were married 62 years at the time she passed away in 2005, and he knew he had to find new ways to live and fill the time alone. He began watercolor classes with a wonderful group in the RB art community. He belonged to the Audubon Society and was interested in donating to animal-related charities. Always comfortable in the outdoors, Charles continued to walk daily for exercise, averaging several miles a day for most of his life. In celebration of his 93rd birthday, he traveled with family on a short cruise to Cabo San Lucas, where he was the toast of the ship. His children, consider him a true inspiration who taught them lifelong lessons.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law Charles and Maryann Bobner; daughter Karen Delangelo (Don Brown); grandsons Spencer Charles Bogner and Bradley John Bogner; many extended family members who loved and spent time with him in his Poway neighborhood: Helen and Kalani Jones, Kathy and Mark Wooster, and all their children; Judy Manwell, Beth Hinkle and many more; as well as his faithful cat Thomps.
Services were held on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at Alhiser-Comer Mortuary in Escondido, Calif. Burial was at Dearborn Memorial Park in Powdy Calif.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of his favorite charities: Miranda’s Animal Rescue, 1603 Sandy Prairie Road, Fortuna, Calif. 95540.