William "Bill" Major Bogh

November 25, 1926March 1, 2018
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William "Bill" Major Bogh was born in Donnelly, Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1926. He passed away on March 1, 2018 at home with family in Portland, Oregon. His parents were Evelyn and Ervin Bogh. Bill attended Benson High School and Vanport College until it was washed away in the Vanport flood. He was in the 77th Army Infantry and when they disbanded he went into the 5th Air Force. Bill worked as a firebrick mason for many years, retired in 1989 and was in the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union for 65 years.

Bill married Mary Jennette and had a daughter, Teresa. Later in life, he married Elnora Mills and had 5 children, Bradley, Barry, Chris, Pamela Robison, and Paul. In 2004 he married Ruth Ann James, although the two were a couple for 24 years before that. Bill was a procrastinator.

Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of Multnomah Anglers & Hunters, Oregon Hunters Association, Tillamook Anglers, Northwest Steelheaders, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, CCA, NRA, Gun Owners of America and Oregon Firearms Federation.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; stepdaughter, Marci James; his 6 children; 3 grandchildren, Scott Sims, Megan Ryan and Colin Ryan; 2 great grandchildren, Josh Sims and Mason Sims; and one great-great grandchild, Lainey Sims.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Della Ann Farrier and Jackie Farrier.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Multnomah Anglers & Hunters, a tax exempt organization which will go into a scholarship in Bill's name for an OSU student majoring in Fish & Wildlife. Checks can be mailed to 1638 NE 118th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97220.

A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at 10:30am on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Ross Hollywood Chapel, 4733 NE Thompson St. Portland, Oregon 97213.


  • Ruth Ann Bogh, Spouse
  • Bill also leaves behind step-daughter, Marci James; his 6 children; 3 grandchildren, Scott Sims, Megan Ryan and Colin Ryan; 2 great grandchildren, Josh Sims and Mason Sims; and one great-great grandchild, Lainey Sims.

  • Multnomah Anglers & Hunters


  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 16, 2018

William "Bill" Major Bogh

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Tim Locke

May 10, 2018

Rest in peace Bill. Glad I was able to share a buffalo hunt with you and Ruth Ann.

Jim Cassidy

March 14, 2018

I was privileged and blessed to have known Bill for a long time. Many, many good memories of activities together.

Jim Cassidy

Lorina Zapata

March 12, 2018

Everything I have come to know about Bill, I have learned through the kind heart and gentle soul of his son (the love of my life), Paul Major Bogh. Since the first time I met Paul, he had always imparted to me so many stories about his Dad. These cherished stories were always followed up with the many lessons that he learned from a man who Paul saw as the epitome of strength. By the time I was fortunate enough to meet Bill when Paul took me on my first trip to Portland, I almost felt as if I knew him. His strength, love of all things wildlife, dry sense of humor and his zest for living life to the fullest was infectious. I always looked forward to our annual trips to Portland as both Bill and Ruth Ann made me feel apart of the family. I truly love them both and the strength of their union is something that we all should strive for and something I am blessed to have - like father like son! I know that the trips meant even more to Paul as his Dad meant the world to him even though they lived in different states. To me, Bill seemed like a man that truly lived life the way it should be lived - doing the things he loved to do surrounded by his wife Ruth Ann and wonderful friends. Overall, I have to say that it was an absolute privilege of getting to know Bill over the years and I thank him for instilling his legacy in his wonderful son Paul - my life partner. Bill will undoubtedly be truly missed as the lasting imprint he has made on so many lives will live on in our cherished memories of him. We LOVE you Bill!

Paul J. M. Bogh

March 9, 2018

From the summer of '98: I took this photo of Dad and Ruth Ann just before my lifelong friend, James, and I went on a 7 state caving trip. One of the best summers of my life. I wish you could have come along Dad, you would have had fun.

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