Lifelong Desire… Becoming a Funeral Director

Robert Bogue of Frankfort, IN was awarded the Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust’s first ever Second-Career Scholarship on September 2, 2010. $1,500 was paid toward his studies in the Funeral Service Education Program at Vincennes University.

Bogue, who is currently employed full-time as a Journeyman Lineman at Frankfort Light and Power, is also putting one of his two daughters through college at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, as he continues his own education. “With one daughter in college and another in high school, this scholarship will afford me a greater opportunity to achieve my lifelong desire of becoming a funeral director,” said Bogue.

He also works as a part-time funeral assistant at Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort and is an ordained deacon with more than twenty-five years’ experience in youth ministry. Bogue says he believes it is his calling to become a funeral director and help others in their greatest time of need.

“We are thrilled to have Robert as the first recipient of our Second-Career Scholarship,” said Robert J. Paterkiewicz, Administrative Trustee for the Educational Trust. “He truly exemplifies what this program is all about. His desire and life experience combined with his education in the field will be a tremendous asset to the funeral service industry.”

Upon graduation, Bogue hopes to one day become a partner or owner of a funeral home and carry on what he calls a “noble profession.”