Ogletree, William 'Wo'
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Feb. 19, 1921 - Aug. 21, 2014
William (Wo) Ogletree passed away on August 21, 2014. Wo was born in Ashland, AL on February 19, 1921, the son of Ila Martin and Thomas Jennings Ogletree.
Though raised on a farm and active in the Future Farmers of America, he left the farm at 17, first working with the Civilian Conservation Corps and later joining the Coast Guard as a radio operator. While in the Coast Guard, Wo headed a group that built LORAN stations for navigation in the Artic.
As a survivor of the Alexander Hamilton's sinking near Iceland in January 1942, he returned home for shore leave and met his future wife, Constance Dewees, on the train from Providence to Philadelphia.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from William and Mary College, he contracted with the British Board of Moravian Missions and returned with Connie to Nain, Labrador, where he established electricity generation, lighting and emergency communications for remote Inuit and Artic settlers.
When they returned to the U.S., they adopted Lisabak (Beth) Green, an orphan who had lived with them in Nain. When Connie died after giving birth to twins, Beth helped Wo hold his young family together until he remarried. Dorothea (Chris) Christiana created a loving home and was his wife for 57 years until her death in 2012.
Wo was a member of Haverford Friends Meeting in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and was a 32-degree Mason in the Valley of the Tampa Scottish Rite.
During his career, he held positions from research engineer to company president and was involved with research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and products including television, medical equipment, radar data processing, Continental Air Defense, telemetry, and seismic data processing for oil exploration.
Through his company, OWA, Inc., he consulted to many companies around the world, primarily in Japan.
An accomplished storyteller with a keen sense of humor, he penned a fictionalized account of his life in 'Wo Is Me.'.
Wo is survived by his children, Martin (Lisa) Ogletree, David (Sandy) Ogletree, Constance (Carey) Taylor, and Beth (Peter) Solis; 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren, and 8 great- great- grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Wo's Life Celebration Memorial Service at the Spring Run Auditorium, 950 Willow Valley Lakes, Dr., Willow Street, PA 17584, on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM. At a later date the family will hold a private service at Sarasota Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Brunner Nursing Education Fund, Willow Valley Retirement Communities, 675 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602. To share your fondest memories of Wo visit www.lifecelebration.com. Arrangements by Fred F. Groff, Inc.
Fred Funeral Groff Inc
234 W Orange St Lancaster, PA 17603
Published in Herald Tribune from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2014