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Community Remembers Doc Ogren

Memorial service plans have not yet been finalized but will be conducted in Kenosha, Wisc.

Community Remembers Doc Ogren
Herman August "Doc" Ogren, 88, died in Christ suddenly at Jenkins Veterans Domiciliary Home of Florida in Lake City, Fla.

He is survived by brother, Dennis (Anita) Ogren of Kenosha, Wisc.; daughters, Karen (Robert) Garren of Gainesville, Fla., Lorrie Ogren of Northborough, and Sherrie Ogren of Union Grove, Wisc.; grandchildren, Leif, Joshua, and Ashley Ogren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; ex-wives, Lorretta Ogren of Sturtevant, Wisc., and Claudia Frank-Ogren of Racine, Wisc.; and step-children, Michelle Frank-Englehart and Daniel Frank.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Lisa Jean Ogren of Kenosha, Wisc.; sons, Kim Helgar Ogren of Tempe, Ariz., and Christopher Herman Ogren of Kenosha, Wisc.; parents, Walter and Helga Ogren; brother, Kenneth Ogren; and sister, Rosemary (Robert) Vogel, all of Kenosha, Wisc.

At age 17 during World War II, Doc volunteered to serve with the Army Air Corps aboard the 317th Troop Carrier as a pilot navigator in the Pacific Theater, earning a Bronze Star and from which experience he proudly recounts many adventures. During a plane crash, he sustained injury to his right leg which was later amputated below the knee. He was granted rank of 2nd lieutenant in the Reserves. Using the GI Bill, he obtained a baccalaureate degree from University of Wisconsin, a master's degree from University of Montana, and a Ph.D from University of Southern California in biology/mammology while researching big-horned sheep. In New Mexico, he served as deputy marshal and as a field biologist for the U.S. Fish and Game Department. He taught biology at the University of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC., Elmhurst College, Ill., and at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisc. where he also taught comparative anatomy, anthropology, astronomy, and ocean scuba diving, traveling with students to the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean. He was known for his passionate teaching style and was popular with students, influencing many to become involved with the earth sciences and conservation.

With son Kim, he worked on and raced motorcycles and a Triumph 3 sports car. An avid hunter, he bragged about killing deer with every known weapon including a home-made black-powder muzzle-loader. He enjoyed water skiing and down-hill and cross-country snow skiing. He enjoyed boating and sailing. In 1970, he rebuilt a burned out steel-hulled tugboat into a cabin cruiser and he and his children toured the Lake Michigan coastline. During 1983 to 1984, Doc and Claudia traveled around Africa photographing mammals for a publishable field guide. They visited South Africa during the Apartheid Era and Doc climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Kenya in Kenya. They visited China and Peru. During 1994 to 2003, Doc and Dennis built a Lanceaire kit high-performance plane and, at age 74, Doc became the oldest person to obtain a pilots license. In 2001, Doc participated in an Antarctic Polar research expedition, diving a crater lake. He retired to Lake City, Fla., where he continued an active lifestyle of hiking, biking, dating women, attending church, and participating in Veterans Day parades.

Memorial service plans have not yet been finalized but will be conducted in Kenosha, Wisc. For updates, please contact Karen Garren at iluvfla@bellsouth.net or call 352-316-3453.

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