Mr. Herman August "Doc" Ogren, March 31, 1925-January 12, 2014, died suddenly at Jenkins Veterans Domiciliary Home of Florida in Lake City, Florida. He is survived by brother Dennis, daughters Karen, Lorrie and Sherrie, grand children Leif, Joshua and Ashley and ex-wives Lorretta and Claudia. He was preceded in death by daughter Lisa and sons Kim and Christopher, parents Walter and Helga, brother Kenneth and sister Rosemary.
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During WWII, Doc served with the Army Air Corps as a navigator in the Pacific Theater earning a Bronze Star. His right leg was amputated below the knee. Using the GI Bill, he obtained a Bachelor's, a Master's, and a PhD researching big-horned sheep. In New Mexico he served as Deputy Marshall and as a field biologist for the US Fish and Game Department. He taught Biology at UNC, Elmhurst College and Carthage College. He also taught ocean scuba diving, traveling with students to the Florida Keys and throughout the Caribbean. During 1983-1984 Doc traveled around Africa photographing mammals, visited South Africa, and climbed Mounts Kilimanjaro and Kenya. Doc built a Lancair kit plane and became the oldest person to obtain a pilot's license. In 2001 Doc participated in an Antarctic Polar research expedition. Retiring to Lake City, Florida he continued an active lifestyle of hiking, biking, dating women, attending church and participating in Veterans' Day Parades.
Memorial Service plans have not yet be finalized but will be conducted in Kenosha, Wisc. For updates please contact Karen Garren at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352)316-3453.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Feb. 12, 2014