Henry W. Ogborn (1939 – 2015)

St. George – Henry W. Ogborn

One of heaven’s most valiant, kind and caring angels returned to heaven on October 3, 2015. Henry William Ogborn was born March 5, 1939 in Chickasha, Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. At the tender age of two, he and his family moved to the Central Valley of California with the promise of work and a better life for a family. The family ended their journey in a labor camp in Shafter, California. Merle Haggard sang the song “Hungry Eyes” that made reference to this very time and situation.

Henry was the 5th child of Bert and Isabelle Clara Ogborn. Receiving and rejoicing with him in heaven are his parents; his sisters: Marie Standridge, Ella (Darrell) Allsup , Margaret (Orville) Reaves; and first wife and sweetheart; Kacenia Polm. She passed away October 10, 1997 after a long fight with kidney failure. He is survived by their three daughters: Deanna (Phillip Case), Debbie (Brent Allred), and Denise (Kent Lohs). Henry’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren from his daughters are: Cassandra (Nick) Smith, children: Jackson and Brooklyn; Amanda Case and her son Ryan; Kyle (Jessie) Case and his son Luke, Kenneth, Ryan, Corey and Ashley Lohs. He is also survived by his current wife and eternal sweetheart; Terry; her children: Christy (Tom) Whitaker, their children: Peyton, Nikelle; Garrett (fiancé Bev Barton) Carr, children; Annie and Cooper. He is also survived by his sisters; Jeanetta (JD) King, Stella (James) Yocom, and brothers; Wesley (Darlene), and John (Joyce) Ogborn. Also, he has numerous surviving nieces and nephews. Henry has a large extended family that celebrates its love each year at an Annual Ogborn Family Reunion. What a blessing and strength they are to each other.

Henry grew up in a large loving family in meager living conditions in rural central California. Here he learned by example from his parents, particularly his dad, the value of common sense, hard work, family, religion, and country. At the young age of 16, Henry joined the Navy. The year was 1955. Basic Training was at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California. He proudly served as the Guidon Flag Bearer for Company 223. This was a great source of pride for Henry. After Basic Training he reported to the U.S. Wantuck, which was a destroyer escort. He also served on the USS David W Taylor and USS Seminole 104. Henry was fortunate enough to travel the world while he served in the Navy.

Henry met Kacenia when he was 12 and she was about 10. They dated on and off until after he was honorably discharged from the Navy. They were married September 23, 1958. Together they worked hard to provide for their three beautiful daughters. Henry started work as a barber then joined his father-in-law in the grocery business. He later went to work for Safeway Stores Incorporated in the Los Angeles area. He quickly moved into a management position due to his work ethic, his friendly outgoing personality, and his courteous helpful manner.

In 1991, Henry, Kacenia, and their children felt that they needed to move their families to a safer, more family friendly environment. Henry retired and they purchased the Santa Clara Merc where they found the most welcoming, loving, and caring community and patrons. The friendships that were created there were truly life-long. Here Henry and Kacenia joined the LDS church and willingly served their Father in Heaven when called. After Kacenia became sick and eventually passed away, the store was sold.

In August of 2001, Henry found his new companion and sweetheart via the internet. On October 6th of that year, he and Terry were married in Las Vegas. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple. On this same day, they chose to have Kacenia sealed to Henry as well. To this marriage has come much happiness and laughter.

In what they both felt was heaven directed, Henry found a natural love and deep passion for service to the special students that had the opportunity to attend Millcreek High School. He was an example, a mentor, a friend, and a “grandpa” to so many that needed his kindness and love in their lives. He willingly volunteered his full day to be of service in any way needed. He served breakfast and lunch to students who daily looked for his smile and friendly greeting. He made sure plenty of food was taken home by the students for not only them, but their families. He helped in classrooms, made sure no student was in need, was a listening ear, provided words of encouragement, and was always the example of unconditional love and respect for every single person. For his volunteer efforts, he received the Utah PTA Golden Apple Award in 2009 and was selected as the Senior Volunteer for 2011 for the State of Utah. He saw the best in everyone. He looked at the bright side of the worse situation, and was always an example of a true gentle giant that respected and honored his manhood, his fatherhood, and his stewardship on this earth.

Throughout the years, Henry found much enjoyment in cars, golf, and especially spending quality time with his precious family. He was so proud of their accomplishments whether big or small. Each of our lives are so much better because of this special man that blessed the lives of so many in personal and individual ways. We can best show our respect, bring honor to his good name, and continue his legacy through showing unconditional love, giving selfless service to others, and always demonstrating gentle kindness in both word and deed. Henry will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. We truly look forward to the time we are together again.

Please join us as we celebrate his life and legacy at his funeral service on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 W. St. George Blvd. St. George, UT. Visitations will be held Friday evening, October 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., prior to services, at the mortuary. Interment with military honors will be at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Henry requested that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the “Heart and Soul Scholarship Fund” at Millcreek High School, 2410 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790. These funds will allow dreams to come true.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brian Tudor, Dr. Lincoln Nadauld, Dr. Ben Fox, and the many wonderful caretakers he has had as he has valiantly fought his battle with cancer. The blessings of the St. George Huntsman Cancer Institute and dedication of the Huntsman family to eradicate cancer cannot be measured. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at www.metcalfmortuary.com for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.
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