May 10, 1927 ~ January 5, 2023

Born in: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

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G. Thomas “Tom” Bogan, age 95 of Fargo, ND, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Sanford Hospice House after complications from a fall.

Tom was born on May 10, 1927 in Grand Forks, ND to George and Irene (Treacy) Bogan. His family left the farm in Ardoch, ND in 1931 and moved to Moorhead, MN. Tom attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and graduated high school at Sacred Heart Academy in 1945.

Tom enlisted in the Navy serving on the USS Baltimore until 1946. After returning from the Navy, Tom attended and graduated from North Dakota State University (NDAC). He met his future wife of 56 years, Joan Murphy, at a dance at the Old Fieldhouse. Tom and Joan were wed on September 6, 1949, and raised six children in Fargo, ND.

Tom retired in 1977 following a successful career at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a special agent in the intelligence division. He then continued to work various part-time jobs.

Tom was an avid golfer, long-time member of the Fargo Country Club, and had three hole-in-ones, most recently at the age of 87. Tom embodied the spirit of golf always demonstrating personal integrity, continuous improvement, and good sportsmanship. He also loved working in his yard and traveling the globe with Joan.

When asked later in life what his most proud achievement was: Tom stated that it was all six of his children and all twelve of his grandchildren attaining college degrees and many advanced degrees. Tom’s focus on education was imparted in him by his father following the years of the Great Depression, noting that “no one can take your education away from you.”

Tom is survived by five of his children, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Son Michael Bogan of Denver, CO and grandchildren, Christopher Bogan of Bend, OR and Brian (Andrea) Bogan of Fort Collins, CO. Son Jim (Ronda) Bogan of Houghton, MI and grandchildren Brittany Bogan of Ann Arbor, MI and Brianna Bogan of Boise, ID. Daughter Mary Carden (deceased 1991) and grandchildren, Maggie (Kevin Luecke) Carden and Stephen (Dominic) Carden, as well as great-grandchildren Hank and Juniper Luecke. Daughter Colleen Kaeding of Fargo, ND and grandchildren, Amanda (Jay Bibelheimer) Kaeding of Apple Valley, MN, Ryan (Claire Zhang) Kaeding of Los Angeles, CA, and Nate Kaeding of Sioux Falls, SD. Son Dan (Michele) Bogan of Lake Oconee, GA and grandchildren Jenny (Travis) Hacker of Johns Creek, GA, Jeff (Jen) Bogan of San Francisco, CA, and David (Ashley) Bogan of Brookhaven, GA, as well as great-grandchildren Brock and Avery Hacker, Charlotte and Adrian Bogan, and Finley and Brady Bogan. Son Pat Bogan of Highland Beach, FL.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; daughter, Mary Carden; daughter-in-law, LaVerne Bogan; parents, George and Irene Bogan; brother, Robert (Dot) Bogan; and two sisters, Dorothy (Joseph) Kippels and Lucille (Jim) Gerlach.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the charity of your choice in Tom’s name.

The family wishes to thank Sanford Hospice House for the wonderful care that Tom received.

FUNERAL MASS: 10 AM Monday, January 9, 2023 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo, ND – with a visitation one hour prior.
PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Sunday, January 8, 2023 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo – with visitation beginning at 5 PM.
BURIAL: Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo.


Prayer Service - Sunday: January 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Visitation - Sunday: January 8, 2023 @ 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Mass - Monday: January 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am

Holy Spirit Catholic Church Fargo, ND
1420 7th St N
Fargo, North Dakota 58102

(701) 232-5900


Holy Cross North Cemetery
1502 32nd Ave North
Fargo, ND

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  1. Dear Colleen… we are so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. He must be the last of all the cousins to die. He was such a wonderful man… always so kind and friendly.
    He was my mom’s favorite cousin!
    We send our condolences from Mazatlan, Mexico… thus our absence at the services.
    Hugs to all the family…
    Jim and Margo McCulley

  2. Dear Dan,
    When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. May you treasure all your memories of your Dad. Hugs to you and the family.

    Stephanie and Steve Schmidt

  3. Dear Colleen and family
    I’m sorry for your lost I know the pain and the feelings I have when my parents passing. Mr Tom touch my heart too
    I’m happy we spent in thanksgiving with him here in Florida.
    He was so happy and excited doing his exercises.
    He was at big example for the our life’s the best human being I meet in my life at 95 years old and very independent smart and great memory .
    We have few things in common and I love it.
    Now he is an angel in peace with God
    We send our condolences.
    Hugs for you and family
    Esneda and family

  4. Dear Mike,
    Sorry you lost your father but I will say…Your dad is probably the last of the original parents that started Holy Spirit parish with Pastor Smith in 1952. Your family were some of the 1st street kids that went to the school, on to Shanley High School and then NDSU. Maybe your dad was the person that helped NDSU get to 9-0 at the FCS playoffs in Frisco! Everything has to end sometime but remember the treasures of a long life by your father.
    Paul Gross

  5. Tom was gentle, kind, and strong. Pure class. My dad, Lindy Feeney, enjoyed many years of golf and friendship with Tom. Often there would be a foursome of Sweeney, Sweeney, Bogan, and Feeney – Irishmen who loved the game of golf and were devoted to their families and to their Catholic faith.
    Our family is praying for Tom as we mourn the loss of a wonderful guy. We have joy as we imagine that foursome reunited.
    Eternal rest grant unto Tom, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him!

  6. I worked with Tom at the IRS. Always professional. Nice man. Had nice talk with him the last time I saw him at a nursing home where he was visiting his wife. He had such a positive outlook on life.

  7. My condolences to Tom’s Family at this sad time. I am a former IRS employee who worked in Criminal Investigation, after your dad retired. I got to know Tom just briefly through our IRS retirees’ group. He was soo appreciative of us reconnecting with him. When he would attend our yearly meetings, I would be sure to visit with him where he would share some of his work experiences but talked more about his golfing and what he was currently doing. I will always remember Tom as being a kind, and incredibly gentle man.

  8. I Worked in the Fargo Office of IRS during the years Tom was there. Although on the Audit Side I had the opportunity to work with Tom on a case or two and what a professional. He set very high standards for those that worked with him and for those that would follow. Truly a very dedicated public servant.

  9. Tom was a loving legacy to your beautiful family he was so proud of you all and wow the Lord gained 1 loving beautiful Angel when Tom went home God Bless you all

  10. I worked with Tom from 1971 until his retirement in 1977. I was a 21 year old rookie and Tom was probably about 45 years old as were most of the others working in the office at that time. I thought it was quite an old crew. Here we are fifty some years later and I am in my 70’s and 45 doesn’t seem that old anymore.

    Tom and those other oldsters were very good mentors to me in those early years and I did appreciate it. Tom had the good long life we all hope for. A successful career and loving and successful family and a long retirement. Tom was blessed.

  11. Very sweet and kind man. Met him once in Florida. He will be remembered everyday by his son Pat and rest of the family. He’s in peace and in a better place now.

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