Franklin W. Ogle

Franklin Willis Ogle went to be with his Savior on September 30, 2004, at the age of 82.

Memorial services were held Sunday, October 3, at the Kadoka Nursing Home, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Graveside services with full military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard were held Wednesday, October 6, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Chaplain Moe Greiner officiating.

Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of arrangements.

Franklin Willis Ogle was born January 22, 1922 in Simeon, NE, one of nine children born to Charley and Jessie (Vian) Ogle.

He grew up in Nebraska, attending rural schools in Rural District 197, and graduating high school in Kilgore, NE.

In 1941, Frank entered the United States Army, in which he trained for malaria control. Frank was part of a 28-man team assigned and responsible for saving many service men's lives from the malaria disease. He was shipped to the South Pacific on the second invasion to take the island from the Japanese. He was on a large LST ship with trucks, equipment, and nine hundred men, ten miles offshore, when a Japanese bomber took a direct hit on the ship. Being on the top deck, shooting a .50 caliber machine gun trying to hit oncoming airplanes, he was blown into the water. God and his lifevest saved his life. Frank was one of only 89 survivors. At the end of the war in 1945, he was sent homeward and honorably discharged at Ft. Douglas, UT.

After his discharge, he returned to Cheyenne, WY, where his parents were living. After working in Wyoming and Colorado, he moved to Nebraska where he was Superintendent of Parks in Kearney, where he worked until retiring. He then moved to Axtell, NE, and then to Kadoka on July 4, 1998. While in Kadoka, he lived at the Gateway Apartments and the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Frank was a man of God, who served as deacon and held other offices in the church. He was also a member of the Lions Club. Frank was always willing to help and serve others, and was a favorite brother, uncle, and friend.

Grateful for having shared his life include three brothers, Lawrence Ogle and his wife, Wilma, of Axtell, NE, Eugene Ogle and his wife, Millie, of Rochester, MinnesMNota, and Ted Ogle and his wife, Carol, of California; four sisters, Joy Parker of Kadoka, Wynona Carson of Kadoka, Gertrude Case of Portland, OR, and Rosalie Sank and her husband, Dave, of Cheyenne, WY; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Charles Ogle.