John Charles Bogdanski, 94

June 01, 2010
  • John C. Bogdanski

-MAY 30, 2010

John Charles Bogdanski died peacefully in his home surrounded by his daughters, May 30, two weeks before his 95th birthday. He was born in Thurber, Texas, in 1915, but spent most of his life in New Jersey until 1961, when his family moved to Hagerstown.

He attended Perth Amboy High School and graduated from Middlesex County Vocational School with high honors and had perfect attendance at both schools. At age 18, he was hired as an apprentice tool and die maker at Mack Truck's New Brunswick, N.J., plant at an hourly rate of 35 cents. In 1944, he became the youngest foreman in Mack's history to that time. He was promoted to assistant to the superintendent of the Plainfield, N.J., plant. Upon the Planfield operation's relocation to Hagerstown in 1961, he moved his family here and was promoted to superintendent - transmissions and carrier division. In 1965, he became general plant superintendent and was named general manager of Mack Truck's Hagerstown operations in 1974 and earned the additional title of vice president in 1977. He retired in 1980 after 47 years with Mack Trucks.


He spent a tremendous amount of time involved with local organizations where he was often president or board member. Some of these organizations include Rotary, Exchange Club, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, United Way, Washington County Hospital Board of Trustees, Brook Lane, Volunteers of America, First National Bank Board of Trustees, Knights of Columbus Council No. 1365, 4th Degree member of Pangborn Assembly and probably most dear to his heart, the Boy Scouts of America, which awarded him the Scouter's Key, Order of Merit, St. George's Medal of Honor and the Silver Beaver, the highest award in Scouting.

His many hours of physical labor at Camp Sinoquipe and his dedication to the Scout project there inspired the naming of one of the camp sites after him. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, where he was a choir member.

He had homes in Hagerstown, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Chincoteague, Va., where he enjoyed retirement, singing, fishing, crabbing, golfing and gardening with his wife of 54 years, Jean. She preceeded him in death in 2002. He is survived by six daughters: Eileen Wilson of Towson, Md.; Jean Remmert of Frederick, Md.; Joan Thomas of Severna Park, Md.; Claire Bogdanski of Baltimore, Md.; Dr. Peg Bogdanski of Florida; and Patricia Klug of Severna Park, Md.

He is also survived by four sons-in-law whom he loved to work side-by-side with in his many cooking, canning, gardening and building projects: Dr. Ray Wilson, Wade Thomas, William Remmert and Warren Klug. His seven grandchildren, Merridith and her husband, Rich, Joan Elizabeth and her husband, Jon, Caroline, Sean, Christian, Emily and Warren III brought him great pride and joy. Daughter Claire's "little sister" Eboni Wise became his granddaughter as well and he adored her. He also leaves behind his beloved daily companion whom he constantly referred to as "his angel," Helen Krekenbohm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 3, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown.

Interment will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 3, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Mason Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742-2799.

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