Robert J. Ogden 1930-2024

SPRINGFIELD — On Sunday, May 5, 2024, Robert J. Ogden passed away in hospice care at Oakwood Village, Springfield.

Although Robert Joseph Ogden was born in Greensburg, Indiana, on August 4, 1930, he was raised, along with his brother, Thomas Elmer Ogden, MD, primarily in Delaware, Ohio, by his parents, Elmer and Thelma Ogden. After graduating from Delaware Willis High School, Bob attended Ohio Wesleyan University from 1948 to 1952.

Bob’s parents spent years in the Philippines in the growing telegraph industry before resettling in Ohio. Bob followed his parents’ vocation in joining the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd Lt. communications officer in 1952. He rose to 1st lieutenant while serving in North Africa during the Korean War, installing radio towers. Although his active duty concluded in 1956, Bob remained a member of the Air Force Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1962.

After working as a sales control manager for the Glidden Company in Baltimore, Maryland, Bob moved into the finance department at Youngstown Sheet and Tube in 1965, rising to assistant treasurer. After relocating to Pittsburgh, Pa., Bob began working for Copperweld Steel.

Bob married Lorraine Nachtsheim in Mount Lebanon, Pa., in 1986.

Bob worked as credit manager at Armco Steel in Mansfield from 1986 until his retirement in 1995. After retirement, Bob and Lorraine moved to Ashland, where they were involved members of Trinity Lutheran Church. They hosted several Ashland University exchange students in their home, from Germany, China and Saudi Arabia. Bob also began his second career as a substitute teacher.

Throughout his life, Bob was an avid golfer.

In 2017, the couple relocated to Springfield, where they joined Grace Lutheran Church. Bob worked occasionally as a substitute teacher and tutor at Snowhill Elementary. He also led Bible study groups at the Masonic Home and Grace Lutheran.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lorraine E. Ogden; his former wife, Alice S. Ogden; his son, Mark (Debbie) Ogden; his daughters, Rebecca (Braxston) Lee and Deborah (Jan) Ogden; and six grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends will be held 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1801 St. Paris Pike, Springfield, with a memorial service beginning at noon.

Arrangements in care of Jackson Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center. Condolences may be forwarded to Bob’s family by visiting www.jacksonlytle.com.

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