Richard Lee Ogletree, 89, of Warrenton, Missouri passed away peacefully on August 16, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by family.
He was born in South Bend, Indiana, on February 5, 1931, to Lee Ogletree and Dora Cunningham Ogletree.
The major portion of Mr. Ogletree’s early years was spent near Sherman, Texas. He graduated high school from Malvern High School. A few years later, he met the love of his life, Emmy Cirilo Ogletree. They were married on December 17, 1952, nearly 68 years at the time of his death.
Mr. Ogletree attended what was then Ouachita Baptist College. After attaining his Bachelor’s degree, he relocated his young family to Hamburg where he began a long career in education, primarily in the Hamburg Public School System. He taught seventh and eighth-grade science and 10th-grade biology as well as serving as the assistant junior high principal.
Mr. Ogletree also exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit, developing and owning several businesses, including Hamburg Trim Shop, Hamburg Motor Supply, Automotive Machine and Specialty Company, and AMS antiques.
A proud American, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He was also a member of the American Legion of Hamburg. Other civic activities included being a charter member and serving as the first president for the Hamburg Chapter of Optimists International.
Very active in several churches, he served as a member of the Board and as the Sunday School Superintendent for the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg. He was vice president of the Christian Life Fellowship Board of Directors and played a very active role in their summer camp ministry. He was a co-founder of the Abiding Faith Christian School, as well serving as President of their Board. He was also a Gideon, taking very seriously the call to provide Bibles to as many as possible. He will be remembered fondly by many students and campers, as well as those to whom he gave Bibles and those to whom he served as a witness and an example of how to be a follower of Jesus.
He was an avid automobile enthusiast and enjoyed restoring antique cars. When he was not working on a car or traveling on one of his numerous road trips, he could often be found fishing in one of his many favorite spots.
Certainly, among the pastimes most important to him was spending time with his family. He enjoyed laughing and making others laugh. He loved sharing stories. Mostly he just liked being near those he loved. Having a tremendous capacity to love, he was not hesitant to express these feelings to those around him.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, William B. Ogletree; a sister Glenna Ogletree Elliott; and a foster sister, Kathy Elliott.
Survivors include his wife, Emmy Cirilo Ogletree; his daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Lynn Ogletree Trotter and husband, Calvin, of Warrenton, Missouri; two sons, Richard Lee Ogletree, Jr. and wife, Amba, of Madison, Mississippi, and Alan Gregory Ogletree of Hamburg; 10 grandchildren, Glenna Lynn Jacola and husband, David, of Ocala Florida, Emily Jo Hodgson and husband, Luke, of Warrenton, Missouri, Danielle Ogletree Lynch, and husband, Logan, of Jonesboro, Greg Ogletree of Beijing, China, Elizabeth Sprick and husband, Matthew, of Portland Oregon, Avery Cameron Ogletree of Madison, Mississippi, Marshall Ogletree of Monticello, Jeremy Ogletree of Bozeman, Montana, and Garrett Ogletree and Cathy Ramsey, of Monticello; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m. at the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Bob Whiteley officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 9:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kings Camp, PO Box 335, Mer Rouge, LA 71261.