Robert P. "Pete" Bogner

Birth Date: 
Friday, July 16, 1920
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

WOOSTER - On February 28th, 2021, Robert “Pete” Bogner, son of Theodore and Martha Bogner, passed away at the age of 100 + years in his Wooster home that he built in 1946.

Pete was the icon of the Bogner Family. He and his brother, Richard, were the 2nd generation to manage the Bogner Family construction business following in the footsteps of their father, Theodore Sr., who founded the company in 1897.  In the fall of 1944 while both Pete and Richard were stationed in Italy, Pete, a First Lieutenant in the 15th Army Air Corp, stationed in Foggia, and Richard, a First Sergeant, in the 34th Infantry Division, met and made a pact that if they both lived through WWII, they would come home and join their father in the family construction business. Happily, they both survived and in late 1945, Theodore Bogner and Sons, Inc. was founded, and for the next 34 years it was one of the premier General Contractors in Ohio. In 1979 a third generation, Ted & Bob Bogner, assumed ownership of the company. Richard passed in 1980, but Pete remained to provide his many years of experience, wisdom, and guidance to the company.

In 1941 Pete transferred from the College of Wooster to attend King College in Bristol, Tennessee where he earned his pilot’s license in their aviation program. Shortly after the start of WWII, Pete left King College and enlisted in the US Army Air Corp where he trained as a B-24 bomber pilot. He was called to Active Duty in late 1943. Pete had an outstanding World War II record as a B-24 Bomber pilot, earning several medals and citations. He flew 28 successful bombing missions over German held territories in Austria, Southern Germany, and Romania. As with most true heroes, Pete was always reluctant to talk about his military service. However, on a bright Saturday afternoon in 2009, Pete returned to King College, where he walked with other graduates and received an honorary degree in recognition of his service to his country during WWII.

A true community business leader, Pete was recognized many times for his lifelong integrity and love for Wooster and the construction business. Pete’s life could be summed up in one word: gentleman; he was always appreciative and respectful of others with a great sense of humor and a warm smile. Pete was a 72-year member of the Rotary Club of Wooster and served as its President in 1971-72. He was a 72-year member of the Elks Club of Wooster, and a 71-year member of The American Legion. As an avid golfer, he was a member of the Wooster Country Club and a regular on the links until only a few years ago. He made two Hole-in-One’s in 1979 on Hole #4 (which is currently Hole #10).  Pete also served for 35 years on the Board of Directors of Western Reserve Group; a local insurance company based in Wooster. 

Pete was a Wayne County Fund Drive Co-Chairman for several years for the College of Wooster. During his tenure, he provided great leadership and generosity by committing his own resources before asking others to invest theirs. A long-time member and supporter of the Downtown Rebounders and a regular attender at Fighting Scots football and basketball games, Pete was a fixture at many of their home athletic events.

Pete’s best friend was his wife, Jean Anne “Bunny” Bogner, who preceded him in death in 1997. Bunny was a graduate of the College of Wooster Class of 1942, and served many years on the College of Wooster Women’s Advisory Board. To celebrate and honor Bunny’s service on the Board, Pete established and was a generous contributor to the Jean “Bunny” Bogner Endowed Scholarship.

He was preceded in death by his sons: Robert Earle and infant Robert Allen.

Pete is survived by his daughter Barbara (Bill) Patterson of Leawood, Kansas. In May of 2020, Pete’s son, Robert E. Bogner, passed away unexpectedly. Bob’s wife, Nancy, has been a wonderful and compassionate companion for Pete since Bob’s death. Pete leaves his 6 grandchildren: grandsons Brian (Amy), Michael (Kelli), Adam (Bernadette), all residents of Wooster who now comprise part of the 4th generation to manage the Bogner Construction Company, and granddaughters Julie Godbout of Glenwood, Iowa, Beverly (Brian) Weber of Shawnee, Kansas, and Valerie Patterson of Centerton, Arkansas. Great-grandchildren are Brenden, Casey, Lilli, Bailey, Garrett, Piper, Grady, Archie, Owen, Bunny, and great granddaughter Lucy who passed away in 2010. 

The McIntire, Bradham, & Sleek Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. A memorial service will be scheduled for later in the year when proper arrangements can be made.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions be made to the Robert “Pete” Bogner Rotary Scholarship Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation, 517 North Market Street, Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions be made to the Robert “Pete” Bogner Rotary Scholarship Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation, 517 North Market Street, Wooster, OH 44691.



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Our heartfelt sympathy to the Bogner family for the loss of our cousin Pete

The Fry family

Condolences to the Bogner family on your loss, truly the Greatest Generation.
Rest Easy Pete.

Many good memories regarding the BOGNER family .
A wonderful neighbor

Brian and Amy, so sorry,for your loss. God bless you all with wonderful memories.

A true hero of the greatest generation. He left us with many wonderful memories and provided the City of Wooster with so many beautiful landmarks. God bless Mr Bogner and all members of his extended family.

Pete was such a kind man. Sending my sincere sympathy and prayers to the both and your family.

I heard the Bogner name my whole life. My dad (Homer Schmid) was a plumber in Wooster and we did many jobs with Bogners. Dad had only good words for that company (I agreed). Dad’s cousin, Kenny Smith, was good friends with one of the Bogners, I think it was Pete. He said when he would visit Wooster he always looked up Pete and they acted like school kids again. I heard a whole different side of that pillar of the Wooster community (all good).
My sympathies. Another of The Greatest Generation has fallen.

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to care for Pete while working for Trinity Home Care. He was such a seet man and had many great stories. He will be missed.

Thank you for your service. Condolences to the family. Wooster-Wayne Chapter DAR

My condolences to the Bogner family. Growing up, Bogners were like my 2nd family. What wonderful memories!!! Barb, and family, I am so very sorry. Hugs and prayers!!!!

Barb it was only yesterday that I was thinking of your dad and wondering how he was doing. I was so sorry today to see he had passed.
So happy to hear you were with him during his final days. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Pete was a very special man. Truly one of a kind!

I was so sorry when Valerie told me about "Grandpa." He was a staple among our college friends at Wooster. We enjoyed seeing him, having dinner with him at Hawkins, and his warm and welcoming visits at his home. He even hosted us for graduation. We would borrow his station wagon for fun errands around town. He was a sweet man. He will be missed.

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