2102 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701

Dennis J. “Dutch” Bogaczyk May 16, 1958 - August 9, 2020

Dennis Bogaczyk

Dennis J. “Dutch” Bogaczyk, 62, of Williamsport went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Jeanes Campus – Temple University Hospital after an 18-year battle with Leukemia. He was a 6-time cancer survivor and a true walking miracle.  Dennis and his wife, the former Debra Myers, were married on August 27, 1988 and would have celebrated 32 years together this August.

Dennis was born on May 16, 1958 in Wareham, MA, the son of James and Glenda Bell Bogaczyk.

He was a 1976 graduate of North Penn High School and a standout athlete in basketball, football, and track & field. He is the school’s all-time leading basketball scorer with 1751 points, a state medalist in the high jump, and school record holder for football passing yards. He later attended The University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown where he played 4 years of varsity basketball and graduated in 1980 with a degree in business economics.  He was employed by PMA Insurance Group as a Senior Commercial Insurance Consultant for 31 years.  Dennis was also an avid sports fan, loving the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Penn State Nittany Lions. He was an active member in the community, coaching his son’s Little League baseball, micro-soccer, and church basketball teams as well as starting the Loyalsock Little Lancer youth basketball program. However, the most important part of Dennis’s life was spending time with his family and friends

In addition to his wife, Debbie, he is survived by two sons, Tyler Bogaczyk of Scranton and Ryan Bogaczyk of Williamsport; his mother Glenda of Blossburg, two sisters, Carol (Steve) Young of Emmaus and his twin sister Debra (Jeff) Everett of Blossburg; two brothers, Philip (Diane) Bogaczyk of Rochester, NY and James (Kris) Bogaczyk, Jr. of Mansfield, Dutch was pre-deceased by his father Jim, in April 2011.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Family and friends may attend a visitation at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Rd. on Thursday, August 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. (preferred family time) and 6 to 8 p.m.(friends). Social Distancing guidelines will be enforced and masks will be highly encouraged.


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    Sue Rosado says

    Prayers and peace for all family during this time.
    Dutch was a great classmate and friend…

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      Karen Olson Rainey says

      Rest In Peace Dutch. We traveled many miles together on that school bus for football and especially basketball games. You were a class act and I hope your family knows how many lives you touched. I will continue to be a cheerleader for you as you play for the winning team in heaven. Always in my memory from the class of 1977 North Penn High.

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    Edward Nichols says

    My sincerest condolences to Debbie, Tyler, Ryan and family for the loss of Dennis. I had the fortune to play basketball with Dennis back in the early to mid “80’s as we both played for Ron “Lefty” Travis”s basketball team Jon’s Sporting Goods. “Dutch” was a fierce competitor on the court. I have no doubt that competitiveness helped him in his battle with cancer. God Bless.

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    James Sisto says

    Deb,Tyler and Ryan, so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was great man who I always enjoyed talking and being with. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. The Sisto Family.

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    Dan & Donna Bogaczyk says

    Dan and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. WIsh we could all be together again someday soon.

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    Barb Morehart (Shipman) says

    To Debbie and the family, I am very sorry to learn of Dutch passing. My memories of him are of a very gentle and kind person. He coached my son in basketball as a small boy. His suffering is over and he is finally resting. My prayers are with your family.

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    michael j casale says

    Very sorry to hear of Dutch’s passing. Always enjoyed professional relationship and our basketball competition One of the best players I was ever on the court with..

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    Doug & Patti Kurzejewski says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and ALL of your family

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    Larry Manikowski says

    Sincere condolences to Dutch’s family. Having the privilege of watching Dutch develop as a player and a person I was most impressed with Dutch’s humble approach to life. Rest in peace my friend.

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    Rod Kelchner says

    Dear Glenda and the BogaczykFamily,
    Joan and I wish to extend our sympathy. It is somewhat difficult to describe the relationship of our families. Perhaps the word “meaningful” is appropriate. Our “kids” our common interests, our devotion to family were parts of that relationship. Our family and I’m sure many other families will join yours as we cherish memories of Dutch. He was a good person.
    Rod Kelchner

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    Mike and Diane (Austin) Rumsey says

    Mike and I wish to extend our condolences to all Dutch’s family and friends. As Alumni of his High School, we have fond memories of watching Dutch develop into a great athlete and good person. Prayers of comfort and healing for your family as you journey to be with the Lord. May you now rest in peace and enjoy eternal life.

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    Lauren Hatches McDonald says


    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I know we didn’t stay close, but you are often in my thoughts – now in my prayers as well. Take comfort in the memories and your children, my friend.

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Family will provide flowers and suggest memorial contributions in Dennis’ name be made to The American Cancer Society AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, 110 W. Laurel Ave., Cheltenham, PA 19012.