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John David (“Jack”) Ogger

John-OggerJohn David (“Jack”) Ogger, resident of Mena, AR, passed away on May 19 at the VA Medical Center in Little Rock at age 81.

Born in Union, NJ, he was preceded in death by his parents Harold Hubert Ogger and Ruth Naomi Ogger and his older brothers Harold Richard Ogger and Robert Ogger.

He is survived by his children Sara Jean Ogger and David Barrett Ogger, residing in New York, NY and Lapeer, MI. Jennifer Eileen Ogger, his grown granddaughter, resides in Mena, and little grandsons Jean Arnaud Neukomm and Théodore Ulrich Neukomm reside in New York City.

A graduate of Deckerville High School and Wayne State University, Jack served in the Army before working as an analytical chemist for government and industry. He was a leading expert in dioxins. In retirement, Jack was a volunteer administrator and fundraiser for regional Boy Scouts of America councils in Detroit, Tucson, and Mena. His highest scouting honor, the Silver Beaver, was a particular source of pride. He made friends readily wherever he lived and was appreciated for his humor, his wide-ranging scientific and historic knowledge, and his storytelling.

His final resting place is Indianfields Cemetery of Caro, MI, beside his parents. A service will take place in late June at Caro and Sunday, June 1st, at 1:00 p.m. at Camp Pioneer Boy Scout Camp in Hatfield, AR.