At his 100th birthday party in 2017, fitness fan Carl Bogaard watched young guests pay tribute to him by getting on the dance floor and doing pushups.
“When they were done,” said his son David, “my father got up and said, ‘Okay, it’s my turn.’
“He did crunches. The DJ started playing the theme of ‘Rocky’ and everyone started counting. He turned around and did 25 pushups. “
His performance on the dance floor took place three years after his second pacemaker was implanted, according to his son, who said, “The doctor said to him, ‘Let’s see how you wear this, Carl. It’s good for 14 years. ‘”
Mr. Bogaard died on August 7th at his Rogers Park apartment at the age of 103.
His upbringing during the time of the Depression taught him how to save money, use moderation, and just play sports.
He worked 46 years as a machine fitter for the car and heavy machine parts manufacturer Stewart-Warner. He always wondered how he was making 15 cents an hour as a teenager and ending up at $ 15 an hour when he retired at 65.
“My father would think he was an ordinary man,” said his son. “He was a skilled worker, but I and many other people would consider him an extraordinary ordinary man.”
Carl Bogaard was a fitness fanatic all his life. Provided
Young Carl grew up near Chicago and Ashland Avenue and graduated from old Tuley High School.
He worked at Stewart-Warner during World War II, making parts for the war effort.
At 19, he married his first wife, Anne. In 1952, they bought their first home near Touhy and Western Avenues with $ 5,000 in cash and a 20-year mortgage with a monthly payment of $ 78, David Bogaard said. You paid it off early.
Mr. Bogaard enjoyed reading with young David and his daughter Carole. He put his kids on his lap and went through the comics: Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Henry, the Katzenjammer Kids, The Phantom, and Dick Tracy.
“He took us to the library and got us library cards,” said David Bogaard, taking him and his friends to hot dogs at Superdawg or a swim in the whale pool.
After 46 years, he and Anne divorced. In a 2014 interview with the Chicago Tribune, to which he frequently wrote letters, he said it was “at a point where we could no longer live happily together.” She died in 2003.
In 1994 he married his second wife, Mary Ann. She died in 2005.
“He had a happy childhood,” said his son. “He befriended a priest who gave him a tennis racket, and that’s when my father’s love for tennis began. He played tennis until the end of 90. “
“When this ball comes my way,” he said to his son, “it can be anything I want. It can be my boss’s head. I can smash it over and over again. “
When EG “Greg” McDaniel moved to the North Side to study at Northwestern University in the 1970s, Mr. Bogaard and his 50-year-old tennis buddies “kind of took me in”. They played in city parks. Once another tennis player made a racist comment about McDaniel who is black.
“Carl and the boys chased him off the tennis court,” said McDaniel.
Mr. Bogaard had only one suit. He enjoyed an icy beer and the occasional highball.
He loved to sing, especially “Oh, what a beautiful morning”. When he got to the line, “I have a nice feeling, everything is going as I want,” he changed it depending on what he was doing. If he went fishing, he would sing: “I have a nice feeling, we are going to catch fish today.” In a beautiful restaurant: “We will eat well today.”
In addition to his children Carole and David, Mr. Bogaard leaves four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
His family gave him an Apple computer for his 90th birthday. On Twitter, he posted updates like “Do my 50 pushups” and “Let’s go, Cubbies, I can’t wait long, Carl Bogaard. 96 ”
He once leaned his iPhone against a chair to shoot himself doing push-ups.
“He was fed up with people saying, ‘A man your age can’t do push-ups,'” says his 75-year-old son. “And then he put it on YouTube. I don’t know how to put something on YouTube. “
DJ Jonathon Brandmeier once challenged him to a push-up competition, said Dr. Westby G. Fisher, the NorthShore University HealthSystems physician who implanted Mr. Bogaard’s pacemaker. Brandmeier and some younger men “pooped” after about 35 pushups. Mr. Bogaard has done over 50.
“He smoked them all,” said the doctor.
Brandmeier said of Mr. Bogaard: “He was a real character. The kindest, most energetic man we should all strive for. And, yes, OK, he beat me in a push-up competition when I was 96. “