John "John Boy" E. Borgen
John "John Boy" E. Borgen
January 29, 1953 - May 28, 2021


John E. “John Boy” Borgen, 68, of Ft. McCoy passed away Friday, May 28, 2021 at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka following a brief illness.

John was born in Brooklyn, NY and had lived in Ft. McCoy 24 years, coming first as a “snow bird” and later as a permanent resident. He served honorably in the United States Coast Guard. He retired in 2015 from the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN after 17 years of service, first working in housekeeping and later in respiratory therapy. He was an all-around tinkerer, outdoorsman, and gardener. He especially enjoyed fishing, camping, and kayaking. He loved learning new things and teaching people the things he learned. He was a Baptist and a very kind man.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Eddie Borgen; and a grandson, Jonathan Roberson, Jr.

Surviving are his sons, Ian Borgen (Christin) of Shreveport, LA, Justin Harrison (Savanna) of Smyrna, TN, and James Crocket (Marie) of Murfreesboro, TN; four daughters, Kristen Borgen, and Laura Lee Roberson (Jonathan) both of Columbia, TN, Christy Harrison, and Deana Taylor, both of Murfreesboro, TN; two brothers, Tom Borgen (Norma) of Stuyveant, NY, and James Russel Borgen (Rena) of Mt. Marian, NY; two sisters, Linda King of Hyde Park, NY, and Julie Borgen of Ft. Myers, FL; seventeen grandchildren, Brendan, Kenneth, Raelynn, Blake, Makyla Devyn, Gavyn, Aydyn, Logan, Phoebe, Emily, James, Angel, Kristen, Jennifer, Tyler, and Emma; six great grandchildren, Robert, Carolyn, Kaylionna, Kysiah, Geneva, and Kaylea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Cedar Key with military honors bestowed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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