LaRae Marlene Bogh
Our beloved wife and mother died peacefully in her sleep
on September 12th. LaRae Marlene Koon Bogh was born on the kitchen table in Kearney, Nebraska, during the height of the Great Depression, Her parents, Virgil and Edna Koon, moved to the west coast during World War II and LaRae attended Lynch Elementary, where she was honored with the Eighth Grade Outstanding Student award. ln 1952, she graduated from Gresham High School.
After attending the University of Oregon (where
she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority) and
Portland State, LaRae was in the first graduating class
at PSU in 1956. While at PSU, she was Outstanding
Girl, Homecoming Princess and Founder's Day
Queen. She was also on Student Council and the
PSU Women's Honorary Society. LaRae majored in
English and Journalism and became a teacher of high
school Literature. (She especially loved teaching about
William Shakespeare.) Her first teaching job was
at Milwaukie High School. She also taught several
years in the David Douglas School District, POIC,
and Mount Hood Community College. Concurrent
with her teaching career, LaRae was the PSU Alumni
News Editor. Later, she switched careers and worked
as a field counselor for the State of Oregon Vocational
In 1957, LaRae married her sweetheart, Ron Bogh,
whom she met at PSU where he was attending college
on the GI Bill. Their daughter Peri was born, followed by their son, Tracy, three and a half years later. LaRae is survived by her ever loving husband and daughter. She was predeceased by her son, Tracy. LaRae is also survived by her sister, Dixie (Bruce) and brothers Randy
(Robin) and Wesley (Sandy), and many nieces and
LaRae and Peri loved to play card games together.
LaRae and Ron loved to play Pinochle and the board
game of Jeopardy with family and friends. A gifted
writer and artist, LaRae created many treasured
booklets, drawings (especially stick figures), poems
and photograph albums for her family. Of course, her
captions for each photo were clever, fun and unique!
Ron and LaRae became the gold standard of
married couples. They had just celebrated their 63rd
wedding anniversary a few days before she died.
LaRae cherished her family more than anything in
the world, and we all loved her equally right back!
Words simply cannot describe the loss Ron feels for
his true love or the loss Peri feels for her mom. We
know, however, that someday we will be reunited with
her and Tracy.
Good-bye, Mom, we love you.
(In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
PSU Foundation - College of Education Scholarship)