Ruth Cook Bogar White Obituary

Ruth Cook Bogar White

June 14, 1928 -Sept 28, 2006

Ruth Ann Cook Bogar White died Thursday, September 28, surrounded by family members sharing memories of her.

Services were Monday, Oct. 2, at Chamberlain Chapel with Russ Seger pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ and chaplain for Chadron Community Hospice.

Ruth was born June 14, 1928 in Bartlesville, Okla., the daughter of Samuel W. Cook and Rosa B. Hancock Cook. Her early years were spent in southeastern Okla., around Tahlequah, and then the family moved to Stillwater, Okla. In the mid 1940s Ruth moved to California where she met and married Wayne ‘Pete' Bogar in 1947. They made their home in Sylmar, Calif. They had four children: Leo Wayne, Raymond Gene, Robert (Bobby) Leo, and Lorene.

On June 3, 1961, Ruth married Robert M. (Bob) White in Las Vegas, Nev., and they made their home in Sylmar and Culver City, Calif., until moving to Chadron in 1974 to help Bob's parents, Cecil and Mabel White on the family ranch.

Ruth had a variety of vocational interests. At the end of WWII, she worked in Howard Hughes' airplane plant, then in several electronic plants, including RCA. She later worked for Max Factor Cosmetics and after her children were grown, Ruth graduated from cosmetology school in California. After moving to Nebraska, Ruth owned and operated Ruth's Lakota Café for a year, then chose to enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. Ruth tirelessly worked in her yard and flower beds, cared for her family and friends, raised chickens, and named Bob's calves until her health slowed her down.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 45 years: Bob; two sons: Raymond Gene Bogar and his family, Rory, Randi, Rob, and Ryland of Wash.; Robert ‘Bobby' Bogar and his wife Ingrid and their children: Jody and Robert, Jr., of Calif.; two daughters: Maxine Goetschel and her sons Raymond, David, and Fred of Ariz.; Lorene Bogar and her daughters Lori Palomares and Stacy Palomares of Neb.; her siblings Sam Cook Jr., of Miami, Okla., Carl Cook and his wife, Rose, of Oklahoma City, Okla., William A. Cook and his wife, Judy of  Carson City, Nevada, and Betty Tautfest and her husband, David of Ponca City, Okla.; 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, one infant son, Leo Wayne Bogar, four brothers; Marion Cook, Murriel Cook, Donald Cook, and Charles Cook, three sisters: Anna Florene Cook, Irma Cook, and Vivian Sims, and one niece, Sandra Warrington and two nephews: Jerry Sims and Christopher Tautfest.

A memorial has been established for Chadron Community Hospice. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Chapel, 1700 Hwy. 20, Chadron, Neb. 69337.