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Walter Michael Ogle was born on Sept. 22, 1948 in Richmond, CA. where his parents helped build Victory Ships for World War II.  Walter Michael died August 7, 2017 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Chickasha, OK.  He graduated from USAO in Chickasha and was a member of Zeta Phi Eta (National Communication Honor Society).  At one point he was a writing tutor. In high school Mike (as his friends called him) was a star basketball player.  He played baseball also and enjoyed umpiring.  He routinely followed many teams, the Golden State Warriors being a favorite.  His varied interests included writing poetry and music, tending flowers, singing and playing guitar.?Mike was grateful for his many friends who helped him often.  Some he met at the 1st Baptist Church in Chickasha.  He loved visiting and playing music with those at the local Senior Center.  He was an advocate for Chickasha's mental health programs, and actively helped recovering addicts. Mike was preceded in death by his parents Robert Ray Ogle, Sr. and Dorothy Aline Ogle and brother Robert Ray Ogle, Jr.  His father was a descendent of Robert Morris Ogle and David Proffit Ogle, pioneer homesteaders in the days of the "Land Run" when Oklahoma was called "Indian Territory." Survivors include his sister Ann (Ogle) Dame of Liberty Lake, WA; brother David Ogle of Los Gatos, CA; aunt, Claudette Okrasinski of Colonial Beach, VA; and cousin Frances (Ogle) Gallup of Upland, CA.  Also surviving are his nephew Stephen Dame of Everett, WA; three nieces: Sheryl Jordan of Windsor, CA;  Susan Colliflower of Liberty Lake, WA; and Ashley Janhunen of Tahoe Vista, CA and all their families. Eighty six years ago, the May 3, 1931 Chickasha Daily Express biographical article about Mike's great grandfather reported the following: " David Profitt Ogle...a Grady County pioneer...(said of his family) there are 163 living direct descendants (in OK)...NOT including those who joined the family through marriage."  Many still live in Grady County area. Walter Michael Ogle is laid  to rest beside his parents in the Fairlawn Cemetery.
Published on October 4, 2017
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