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William “Bill” Champ Ogden

08/23/1929 - 09/22/2018

William “Bill” C. Ogden, 89, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Edgewood Vista in Virginia. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 at Hope Community Presbyterian Church, 212 5th Ave. S. in Virginia at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Art Dale will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mesabi Range College Foundation. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

William Champ Ogden was born August 23, 1929 in Jefferson City, MO to Champ and Zona (Toombes) Ogden. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Bill attended Westminster College, Jefferson City Junior College, Missouri University, and UCLA. He received his master’s degree in sociology. He taught in California for 8 years, St. Louis for 6 years, and retired from Mesabi Range College after 30 years.

Bill had an insulator and brackets collection and enjoyed old cars, firearms, antiques and his travels, which include Europe and the Middle East. He was beloved by his many students and was a fan of puns. He was an active supporter of Mesabi Range College’s Scholarship Program.

Bill was a member of the Presbyterian Churches in Jefferson City and Bowling Green, MO.

Thanks go out to Edgewood Vista in Virginia who provided a welcoming home for Bill.

Bill is survived by his second cousin, Roy Fishbach of Perry, MO and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

3 thoughts on “William “Bill” Champ Ogden”

  1. Kevin Engman says:

    I had Mr. Ogden for social study classes at Mesabi. I respected him as an instructor and learned from him, thank you for “him”

  2. Donnie Gordon says:

    I’m so very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I wish I could be at his memorial, but my own sister’s funeral is same time, same day.

    Bill was a wonderful teacher. I believe he loved teaching, even volunteering as a free tutor after he retired. Later, as a friend, I loved hearing about his world-wide traveling adventures.

    He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Bill.

  3. E.M. Minelli says:

    Mr. Ogden was quite the teacher at Mesabi College- I had him for several classes back in 1972-74; He made the classes interesting, along with the unique stories he would tell with that twinkle in his eyes, since he so enjoyed watching the students’ expressions and delight from his stories. He was fair, in that he gave students the chance to make up their tests / assignments, only wanting for them to learn. Quite the intellectual guy. Peace be with you “Ite now, ( is how he would say all right now) Mr. Ogden.” Thank you for the memories and introducing me to my major which I graduated from in college- studying our society now has made some drastic changes over the years.

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09/28/2018 at 11:00 am
Hope Community Presbyterian Church, South 5th Avenue, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 am