Longtime Grace Brethren pastor, William Russell “Russ” Ogden, of Winona Lake, Ind., died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake at the age of 88.
He served the Lord through the Grace Brethren Church for 50 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot during World War II, and was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past four months.
He was born on November 30, 1924 in Centerville, Iowa, to William A. Ogden and Frances E. (Coffman) Ogden. On August 20, 1948 at Highland Park, Ill., he was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Ruth Ralph, who survives in Winona Lake, Ind.
He will also be lovingly remembered by his two sons: James R. Ogden (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio); David E. (wife Christine) Ogden (Sebring, Fla.); two daughters: Joan (husband, Daniel) Snively (Fishers, Ind.); Carol Mills (Indianapolis, Ind.); 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; two brothers: Don (wife Ethelee) Ogden (Winona Lake, Ind.); Dick (wife, Betty) Ogden (Warren, Ohio); and his sister: Jeane Vanaman (Clarkston, Mich.). He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
A service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Grace Village Retirement Community, Winona Lake, Ind., in the Chapel and officiated by Pastor Jesse Deloe. Entombment will be at St. Matthew Mausoleum of Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis, Ind.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Ministers Fund c/o Grace Village Retirement Community, 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 and would be appreciated by his family.