PORTALES — Funeral services for Johnny Ogden, 67, of the Floyd community, will be at 10 a.m., Monday, March 18, 2013, at Faith Christian Family Church, 3401 N. Norris, Clovis, with the Rev. Rick Rainey officiating. Burial will follow in Portales Cemetery, with T.J. Garcia, Tanner Allen, Brenden Smith, Trenten Smith, Corey Vandenberg, Ryan O’Donnell, Sgt. John Michael Carson Jr., represented by his wife Lindsey Carson, Brogan Fraze and Cray Fraze. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Johnny Ogden Scholarship Fund, c/o J. P. Stone Community Bank, PO Drawer 888, Portales, NM 88130. Mr. Ogden’s casket will remain open until service time.
John Thomas Ogden, known to family and friends alike as Johnny, was born March 20, 1945, in Albuquerque, to the home of Hazel and LeRoy H. Ogden, and died March 13, 2013, in Lubbock, Texas.
The family moved to Portales when Johnny was 9 years old. He was a 1963 graduate of Portales High School. On Nov. 25, 1964, he was married to Janice Gossett in her parents’ home in Floyd. He attended Eastern New Mexico University for two years, before transferring to New Mexico State University. Johnny worked 50 hours a week, and maintained a 4.0 average to complete his degree in agricultural education in 1970.
He worked three years as an Ag teacher in Elida, before establishing a dairy, and in 1977, they moved the dairy to Floyd. In 1986, he closed the dairy, and became a dairy inspector for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, where he was employed for 27 years. Johnny was a dairy specialist with the designation of inspector III that allowed him to inspect both dairies and cheese plants. He often served as a consultant for dairy and milk plants. Johnny was very conscientious where the public health was concerned, but always tried to serve both the public and the dairymen.
Johnny was a dedicated Christian and a member of Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. He loved Jesus and he loved people. Johnny was a very patriotic man, and though he never served in the military, he truly had a heart for those who serve our country. Johnny would go out of his way to speak to a service man or woman, and thank them personally for what they were doing for our country and the world.
Johnny served on the Eastern New Mexico State Fair Board, as well as the Roosevelt County Fair Board. He loved the fairs and working the Junior Livestock Sales each year. Johnny served three terms on the Floyd School Board, because he loved young people and he believed in education. He strongly supported the FFA and 4-H programs, because he believed deeply in the leadership training these programs instill. In addition, Johnny drove the activity bus for the Floyd schools for many years.
Other things that Johnny enjoyed included working ropings, music and working crossword puzzles. He often worked as a chute man at roping events, and was considered one of the best. He could always be counted on to give loud encouragement for a job well done. He could play almost any instrument by ear, and play it well. When working crosswords, if they seemed too easy to suit him, he would make up rules to make them harder.
Johnny was a devoted family man, and really enjoyed his family. He was very proud of his daughters and their families, and made it a point to attend as many of his grandchildren’s activities and events as possible. One of the special memories his girls have of him is his distinctive whistle that could be heard throughout the state fairgrounds. When they heard that whistle, they knew it was time to come and find him.
Johnny is survived by his wife Janice of their home; his daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Curtis Allen, of Rhea, Texas, Sherrye and Anthony Lovelace, of Alva, Okla., and Tammy and Trevor Fraze, of Portales; 12 grandchildren, Taryn O’Donnell and husband, Ryan, Tanner Allen and fiancée Charlsi Heinrich, Lindsey Carson and husband Sgt. John Michael Carson Jr., Brenden and Trenten Smith, T.J. Garcia and wife Andrea, Amber Garcia, Corey Vandenberg, Mycah Garcia, and Brogan, Cashlin and Cray Fraze; two great-grandchildren, Raylee Kaye O’Donnell and Isabella Rose Garcia; two sisters, Dorothy Dunaway and husband Ken, of Portales, and Carol Pape and husband David, of St. George, Kan.; a sister-in-law Sarah Ogden, of Albuquerque; and a nephew Damon Ogden, of Las Cruces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother David Ogden; a son-in-law Dennis Smith; his father-in-law E.J. Gossett; and two nephews, Ronnie Miller and Earl Pape.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, 575-356-4455, wheelermortuary.net.