Arnold "Arnie" Ogren 78, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, died on Aug. 11, 2010, at Copper Ridge Institute in Sykesville, North Carolina, following a long battle after a stroke he suffered nine months previously.
Arnie was born on Nov. 24, 1931, in Marcus, the son of Fritz W. and Ethel (Pearson) Ogren. Arnie was a star basketball player at Washta High School in Washta, and continued playing in men's recreational leagues until he was 50 years old. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and was a 50-year member of the Gold Star American Legion Post 191 in Mount Airy. He was very active in American Legion bingo from its inception until his health began to decline in 2009. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, was a member of the VFW - Mount Airy Calvary United Methodist Church, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son-in-law and neighbor.
Arnie was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father - in- law; and two sisters, Arlene Kimball and Shirley Ryan.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Iris Y. "Sis" Ogren; two daughters, Lori Kidwiler and her husband Jim of Boonsboro, N.C. and Cynthia Knode and her husband Rick of Wake Forest, N.C. ; a brother-in-law, Everett Runkles and his wife Dottie of Hanover, N.C.; two grandchildren, Dylan and Erica Knode; one brother, Robert W. Ogren of Venice, Fla.; three sisters, Mary Ann Anderson and Carol Grauer, both of Cherokee, and Linda Kardy of York, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, August 16, at the Molesworth-Williams, P.A. Funeral Home in Damascus, N.C., with interment, with military honors, in Pine Grove Cemetery in Mount Airy. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.MolesworthWilliams.com.
The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Copper Ridge Institute in Sykesville, N.C., the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 191, or Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.