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Evelyn Joanne Ogden
July 7, 1948 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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This is written in loving memory of Evelyn Joanne Ogden born July 7, 1948. She passed Sunday evening, January 28, 2024, surrounded by family. Obituaries are usually short and to the point; however, there is no way to sum up this amazing woman’s 75 years of life. Deserving of perhaps a book to capture and share her life, this will have to do for now. Hopefully by the end, you will know Joanne a little better if you don’t already know her. Where to even start? Evelyn, Joanne, Jody, Mom, Grandma, Grandma Ogden, G-Rex, GiGi; she really was a woman of many titles and talents. Joanne was born in Ottumwa, Iowa to Mary Evelyn (Myers) and Charles Melvin Doane both USN and USMC Veterans. Second oldest of four children she had three wonderful siblings: her older sister Linda, Charles “Butch” and Michael “Mike” Doane. While growing up her family moved a lot. Her dream was to marry, have children and a forever home. Her dream came true. In 1966 Joanne met the love of her life and future husband Daniel R. Ogden. The two married in 1967 and began their family. They had three children: Daniel Jr., Danielle and Donald. When the kids were young, they moved from Denver to Howard where she began an exciting journey of country living and gaining her dream of a forever ‘one’ home. With no idea of how to care for farm animals, neighbors living miles apart, 40 minutes to the nearest market and frozen pipes in the winter; she became a “pioneering” woman who learned how to milk cows, create made-from scratch meals, start fires and haul water. She made friends with everyone she met. After her children were grown, Joanne ventured into the world of entrepreneurship, opening R&R Trophies and Awards. Although scared to death with owning her own business, she modeled to her grandchildren and others that anything is possible. Joanne absolutely adored her family; they were the light of her life and true purpose. Her world revolved around her family, her friends and her community. Spending countless hours volunteering at school functions, sporting events, assisting neighbors and beside her husband through the building of the Howard Volunteer Fire Department. Through the years she helped organize numerous fundraising and community outreach events at the fire department, they become an extension of her family. Anyone who met Joanne, instantly recognized her huge heart and willingness to help. Her smile and genuine personality captivated those around her, and her spitfire attitude was easily seen if anyone messed with a member of her family. Joanne lived life on her own terms, and no one could change that. She was opinionated, loving and the family peacemaker. She was the confidant of family tears, fears, successes and laughter. We are proud to be part of her family. There is more that could be said and stories to tell about Joanne. However, we do hope this gives one a small glimpse into this amazing woman. Joanne is proceeded in death by her beloved parents Charles and Evelyn Doane; Her sister Linda Koonce and her brother Charles “Butch” Doane. She leaves behind her husband of 56 years, Daniel Ogden, Her three children Daniel R. (Kathy) Ogden Jr., Danielle (Roy) Van Esselstine and Donald R. Ogden. Her grandchildren, Alexander “Ace” Van Esselstine, Sabrina (Tyler) Oster/Van Esselstine, Victoria “MacKenzie” Van Esselstine, Danne Ogden, Frank Ogden, Zackary Van Esselstine, Wayne Ogden, Edith “Edi” Ogden. Her first great-granddaughter Evelyn Oster. Her younger brother Mike (Kelli) Doane and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family; far too many to list. Details for her Celebration of Life will be announced later with a warm welcome to all. On line condolences may be sent to the family at lewisandglenn.com. Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Howard Volunteer Fire Department through Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.