John J. Bognich

April 12, 1948 – September 15, 2022

John Joseph Bognich, 74, known to many as “Moose,” lived a life filled with love, laughter and above all, faith in God. He was born April 12, 1948 in Omaha, NE, to parents Julius and Marveen. John attended Holy Name elementary school and Mount Michael High School (class of ’66). He went on to achieve a BSA in Fine Arts from Creighton University (class of ‘70).

John met Virginia (Ginger) in 1967 when both were members of the Creighton University Bridge Club, and they were married in 1970. He and Ginger raised five children: David, Danial, Kathleen, Michael and Jennifer.

John worked his entire career for Union Pacific Railroad, earning a well-deserved retirement in 1999 as a Senior Manager of Car Scheduling. Never one to sit still, he had many hobbies throughout his life. He belonged to a bridge club, a bowling league, and played both softball and indoor soccer. John was also an avid photographer, often traveling throughout the Midwest in search of the perfect shot.

John was strongly rooted in his faith, serving his church, St. Joan of Arc,  throughout his life. He served as a Eucharistic Minister, a Lector, and participated in Diaconate training. He was a member of the SJA Men’s Club and flipped many pancakes during their annual breakfast fundraiser.

John suffered a heart attack while he and Ginger were aboard a cruise ship in the North Sea. After being taken to a hospital in Norfolk, England, John passed away on September 15th, 2022. John is survived by his wife, Ginger; children David (Missy), Danial (Karen), Kathleen, Michael (Michele) and Jennifer (Joshua); grandchildren Gabrielle, Gwendolyn, Eliot, Sydney, Benjamin and Tallulah; brother Harry (Mary); and many in-laws and friends. John joins his parents in Heaven where they are sure to be found playing a game of cards.

“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

You Are Not Forgotten

“You’re not forgotten, loved one

Nor will you ever be,

As long as life and memory last

We will remember thee.

We miss you now, our hearts are sore

As time goes by, we’ll miss you more.

Your loving smile, your gentle face,

No one can fill your vacant place.”

Visitation (5-6 PM) and memorial service (6 PM) on Friday, October 28th at West Center Chapel (78th & W Center Rd). Live streaming will be available for the memorial service.

Funeral Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church (3122 S 74th St), Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 AM, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery and luncheon at West Center Chapel.

In lieu of flowers & gifts, memorial contributions may be directed to the Irvine-Bognich Scholarship Fund at Mercy High School.


  • Tracie Sea Posted October 12, 2022 8:32 pm

    All my love to the Bognich family. He was such an amazing person and is greatly missed.

  • Kathy Baines Kizer Posted October 14, 2022 1:16 pm

    Ginger and family, So very sorry for your loss, and so suddenly. Our prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. Kathy and Bill Kizer

  • Darlene Kobus Posted October 20, 2022 1:18 pm

    May Eternal Rest be Granted unto him . O Lord So sorry for your loss Ginger. May God give you HIS peace during this difficult time.

  • Jessica Barbee Posted October 21, 2022 7:55 am

    My deepest condolences to the Bognich family. I grew up with Jen and spent a lot of time with her family. When you walked in the door of their home John and Ginger (and for a period of time Trouble too) always were welcoming to share their home. John was a wonderful father, and like a dad to me as well, always shuffling us girls off to different activities like the movies, dinner, or mall for shopping, He had a great sense of humor that I will miss and always had kind words for everyone. Everyone loved “Da Moose” and the huge personality that he had. Hugs to the family, you will be in my prayers. Love Jey

  • Kathy Masters Posted October 23, 2022 5:36 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to all of you. May he rest in peace

  • KC McCaslin Posted October 24, 2022 4:57 pm

    John was a very faith-filled man. He lived his faith. Surely, he is enjoying eternal happiness with our Lord. We were lucky to have he and Ginger as neighbors for 23 years. The McCaslin Family

  • Sally Miller Storr Posted October 27, 2022 2:06 am

    Ginger, wish I were there. My prayers for you and the family. Hugs and Peace. Sally

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