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|1st to walk Carrollton mail
By Joe Simnacher
H. Ray Ogle was
the first door-to-door letter carrier in Carrollton.
He was also interested and involved in preserving the area's history,
especially its rural heritage and that of its military veterans.
Mr. Ogle, 90, died Monday of complications from a stroke at a Carrollton
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of
Carrollton, 2400 N. Josey Lane in Carrollton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Rhoton Funeral Home in
Carrollton. Burial will be in
Hilltop Memorial Park in Carrollton.
"He loved to tell long stories - he might tell them twice - he could go
way back and tell you a lot of interesting stories," said his
sister-in-law, Donnie Myers of Carrollton.
Mr. Ogle's father C. B. Ogle, moved to the Carrollton area in 1882.
Born in Celina, the younger Mr. Ogle grew up in several small North
Texas towns. In 1931, he moved with his family to a farm in Carrollton,
where he graduated from high school that year.
[See school info above]
He joined the Navy in 1942 and served as a carpenter's mate, first
class, in Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, Caledonia, New
Guinea, the Admiralty Islands and Okinawa, Japan.
After the war, he was a charter member of American Legion Post No. 597
Mr. Ogle spent eight to 10 years to identify Carrollton veterans who
died in the service of their country, beginning with World War I, said
longtime friend Dave Oldfield of Carrollton.
Once identified, the veterans' names were cut into paving bricks.
"He worked on that for many years, and we brought it to the forefront,
and the pavers are in the old square in downtown Carrollton," Mr.
Oldfield said. "He was a real gentleman, and he loved Carrollton."
After the war, Mr. Ogle worked as a bread salesman for Manor Baking Co.,
before joining the Postal Service in 1955. He then established the first
home delivery route in Carrollton, walking 11 miles a day.
"Before that, everybody had to go to the post office," Mr. Ogle recalled
during a 2001 interview with The Dallas Morning News.
Mr. Ogle delivered mail on foot for 10 years before beginning a 12 year
stint behind the wheel in rural areas of Carrollton, Farmers Branch,
Lewisville and Coppell. He retired in 1977, after 22 years on the job.
Mr. Ogle was a founding member of the
Peter's Colony Historical
Society and was a docent of the
A. W. Perry Homestead Museum in Carrollton.
From 1948 to 1968, he was a volunteer firefighter in Carrollton, where
he became an assistant chief.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was a Meals-on-Wheels
volunteer for many years.
He leaves no immediate survivors.
Betty Lou (Stanley) Dennis
OGLE, H. RAY was born September 27, 1913 near Celina, Texas. His
father was C.B. Ogle, who came from Tennessee to settle in Texas in
1882. His mother was Anna Clara Rothfus, who came with her mother and
brothers as immigrants to America from Switzerland. Funeral Services: 10
a.m. Friday, April 30, 2004 at First Baptist Church of Carrollton .
Visitation: Thursday night 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Burial:
Hilltop Memorial Park in Carrollton, TX. Ray was the second surviving
son of the Ogles. His boyhood was spent around several small North Texas
towns. He had been a resident of Carrollton, Texas since 1931. He
graduated from Carrollton High School in 1931. In 1939 Ray married
Georgia Myers. It was a happy union for just over fifty years, until
Georgia died in 1989. In World War II Ray served in the Seabees. He was
in the Southwest Pacific from 1942 until 1945. After the war, he was
charter commander of American Legion Post #597 in Carrollton. For a
number of years, Ray worked for Manor Bakers and won recognition for his
salesmanship. In 1955 Ray went to work for the US Postal Service and
carried Carrollton's first regular door-to-door mail delivery. He worked
for the Post Office twenty-two years, until 1977. Just last year the
Carrollton paper had a front-page picture and article about Ray's
service with the Post Office, and his extensive knowledge of Carrollton
history. Ray was a founding member of Peter's Colony Historical Society
and assisted his wife Georgia with much research into Carrollton's past
and the histories of the Myers and Ogle families. In later years he was
an active decent of the Perry Museum, explaining to young school
children how an early 20th century farm operated. Ray was a volunteer
fireman for twenty years and retired from the fire department in 1968 as
an assistant chief. After retiring, Ray delivered meals-on-wheels for
many years. He was a member of Carrollton's First Baptist Church and a
member of the Live Wire Choir. Ray was a beloved husband, a much-loved
brother, brother-in-law, uncle and great-uncle. He was a greatly
respected neighbor and friend to many, and a dear man to all who loved
him and will miss him. Dignity Memorial Rhoton Funeral Home I35 at
Crosby Rd. Carrollton (972) 242-5261
The Dallas Morning News - Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Edward Lynn Williams
H. RAY - Sep 27, 1913 - Apr 27, 2004
GEORGIA MYERS - Apr 28, 1913 - Dec 6, 1989
Married Apr 6, 1939
Memorial Park, Carrollton, Dallas County, Texas