Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Hintzman officiating. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for scholarships and equipment for church camp. Condolences may be offered online at at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Ogdon was born Oct. 14, 1929, in Oak Park, Ill., the son of Frank and Helen Ogdon. He attended schools in Oak Park and graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., with a degree in business administration in 1951.
He served in the US Army in Germany from 1951 to 1953 and was honorably discharged.
He was married to Diane Lee Ridge, of Aurora, Ill., Nov. 27, 1954. They lived in Oak Park, Ill., Naperville, Ill., Madison and Stevens Point.
In 1953, he was employed at Suburban Trust Savings and Loan in Oak Park. He then worked for Standard Oil/Amoco Oil and retired after a 31-year career as a territory sales manager.
He served in various leadership roles at St. Paul United Methodist Church, but his passion was St. Paul’s church camp where he co-directed and assisted for 35 years. He was also a member of the National Ski Patrol, on the Whiting Dance Club Committee, a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and president of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Quarterback Club. He worked the polls for the Portage County Republican Party, was a member of the Stevens Point Barbershoppers and worked as a mentor for the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center. He spoke to thousands of students around Wisconsin about the hazards of smoking and how it affected his life. Additionally he enjoyed traveling to different parts of the United States and Europe.
Survivors include his wife; son, William Jr. of Bradenton, Fla.; daughters, Julie (John) Eifler of Geneva, Ill., and Jill (Jon) McElhaney of Sherwood; eight grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Coleman; and sisters, Betty Gardner and Virginia Thompson.