John D Ogden


A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, September 29th , 2016 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Tri-County High School Cafeteria with family present during that time. As requested by John, his body has been cremated and no funeral is planned. John was a big advocate for giving to the community; thus, memorials may be made to What Cheer Fire Department or What Cheer Ball. John D Ogden (age 64) of What Cheer, Iowa passed away peacefully at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday September 25, 2016 after a strong battle against cancer. John was born January 14, 1952 to Wilson Dean and Julia Ogden. He graduated from Tri-County High School in 1970 and attended Drake University. He worked construction in Des Moines and later returned to What Cheer to partner with his dad in running the family business; Ogden Oil Company. John was the third generation to own and operate Ogden Oil Company and did so for almost 40 years. To many, he was known as "big John". His massive size made him quite recognizable and his kindness and generosity was as big as he was. He was active in many organizations in the community over his lifetime such as What Cheer City Council, Lions Club, Commercial Club, Keokuk County Fair Board, and What Cheer Ball. He married Berdette Walston on November 28, 1987. They shared a great life together for 28 years. On weekends, John liked sitting with Berdette on their deck enjoying the morning. John and Berdette were blessed with what John considered to be three amazing kids; Logan, Erin, and Zoe. He was very proud of their accomplishments and loved each of them very much. He loved watching the kids play sports and participate in other school activities, going to Minnesota fishing, eating breakfast at 5am at the restaurant with his "breakfast buddies" and joking around with "the guys at breakfast". John is survived by his wife, Berdette; his son Logan (Caitlyn) Ogden of Omaha, Nebraska, his daughter Erin (Kyle) Thomas of Loves Park, Illinois, and his daughter Zoe Ogden of What Cheer. Also surviving him is his mother Julia Ogden of What Cheer, a brother Mark (Iris) Ogden of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a sister Regina Striegel of Des Moines, Iowa and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father Dean Ogden and a brother Paul Ogden.
Published on September 27, 2016
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