Walker Rhea  Ogden, Jr.
Walker Rhea Ogden, Jr.
Walker Rhea Ogden, Jr., age 79, of Pineville, LA, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
The Ogden family moved to Kilgore, Texas from Sapulpa, OK in 1943. Walker attended Kilgore schools and excelled in sports. In 1951, Walker played in the Inaugural season of Little League of Kilgore, and he was the first player to be drafted that year. He was the batting champion for Little League in 1952. Walker played Right Tackle on the KHS Bulldog football team, and was named All District Tackle his Senior year. After graduating from KHS in 1957, Walker attended Baylor University, where he had received a scholarship to play football for the Bears. Walker graduated from Baylor in 1962 and moved to Eugene, Oregon, to work for the Willamette Valley Company. The company moved him to Pineville, Louisiana in 1973 where he opened a branch and oversaw operations. Walker retired from Willamette in 2011 after serving as Vice President for many years. Walker was a faithful member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church.
Walker was devoted to his family and friends. If you knew him, you would have heard one of his favorite jokes (more times than once) or tasted one of his all world steaks. Not only did he love to make people laugh, but he touched the lives of many with his kind and generous heart. He will forever be missed by those that loved and knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walker Ogden, Sr. and Eliza Brannon Ogden; brother-in-law Sgt. Major J.R. Gibbons; and son-in-law Steve Stockton.
Walker is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dona Hargrove Ogden; sisters, Virginia Aunt Suzie Gibbons of Kilgore, Texas and Ruby Dodgen (Leon) of Kilgore. Son Michael Ogden of Shreveport; Daughters, Angela Stockton Nessmith (Michael) of Pineville and Julie Anna Ogden of Pineville; 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews who thought he hung the moon.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the building program at Philadelphia Baptist Church, Pineville, LA, or the charity of your choice in his name.
Mr. Ogden was not a fan of big to do's so his wishes were to keep the funeral short and sweet with his family. Friends may post online messages of condolence for the Ogden family by visiting www.gallagherfh.com.
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