Harold D. Ogburn, Jr., 95
Blue Earth Harold Dow Ogburn, Jr., age 95, of Blue Earth, died Friday, May 19, 2017 at Parker Oaks in Winnebago.
Funeral service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth on Tuesday, May 23, Pastor Jeanette Bidne officiated. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.
Harold was born July 28, 1921 in Winnebago. He graduated in 1940 from Hadley/Luzerne High School and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He served in the US Air Corps, 1944 – 1945. On Dec. 6, 1947, Harold married Betty Ann Heinrich at Delavan. The couple lived in Stony Creek, New York until moving to Minnesota in 1952 to begin farming in the Delavan area. The family moved to rural Blue Earth in 1965 where Harold farmed until retiring in 1983. In 2002, he and Betty Ann moved to Blue Earth.
Harold was active in the community throughout his life, holding leadership positions in the Minnesota Farm Bureau, Blue Earth Township Board, Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault Co. Historical Society, Bar-Cott 4-H Club, Soybean Growers, and political campaigns. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling and wintering at Epworth by the Sea in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, and following his grandchildren’s activities. He was happiest when he had a way to make a difference in someone’s life.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy (Dave) Jerde, of White Bear Lake; son, Walt (Lynn) Ogburn, of Stillwater; son-in-law, Bob Hanson, of Frost; grandchildren, Erik (Elizabeth) and Mark (Sarah) Jerde, Amy (Chris) Jensen, Kristin Ogburn, Kelly (Tim) Flesch, and Janie and Brice (Lacey) Hanson; great-grandchildren, Lydia, Liam and Ezekiel Jerde, Zachary and Morgan Jensen, and Harrison Hanson.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann; daughter, Vickie Hanson; his parents, Harold Sr. and Hazel Ogburn; sister, Shirley and her husband, Armand Gazaille.
His family would like to thank the staff of Parker Oaks for all of the loving care they gave to Harold and Betty Ann. The family requests memorials be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Fund to support their participation in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering.
Web tributes can be left at www.pattfh.com.