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Great Falls —Nathan A "Ogie" Ogren passed away at his apartment at the Eagles Manor Retirement Home on Friday,
July 26th 2013, less than 2 months before his 82nd birthday. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 3rd at 10:30 am in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home with burial to follow in Highland Cemetery.
He was born September 18th 1931 in Great Falls to Ruth and Andrew Ogren and was raised in the Great Falls Area, where he fell in love with cars and all things mechanical at a very young age.
Ogie was the owner of Ogrens Wrecking Yard which at one time he claimed was the largest one in Montana.
He was a one man army with a mission to haul in as many junk or abandoned or "cheap" cars that he could with his beloved wrecker "Henry", a 1946 Ford pickup that was converted to a wrecker. He sold the wrecking yard to the Huddlestons in the early 1970's. That did not slow him down very much from collecting more "neat stuff" as he was quite the hoarder.
Ogie also worked full time at the Smelter for 30 years, retiring when Anaconda Copper shut down about 1980. After that he worked as a "Crossing Guard" for the school district until he got a job as a general handyman and "go-for" for Taminetti Construction. Ogie loved being around big heavy equipment.
Ogie's love of cars got him involved with the Great Falls Speedway when it was first started in the early 1950's and he sponsored quite a few cars. He was a Lifetime Member and rarely missed a race; he especially liked any Ford and the Sprint Cars. Practically everyone that hung out at the speedway knew who Ogie was.
His only surviving relatives are his niece Kathie Huartson of Washington State and her children: Shawn, Tyler (Tiffany), Troy (Ashly) and grandchildren; Kenton, Hilary, and Khloe.
Comdolences to the family may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com
Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory
1307 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401
Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 28, 2013