H. Ray Ogle
Carrollton & Farmers Branch

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The Silver Lion 1943
Carrollton High School
Carrollton, Texas
CHS Alumni in WWII

Note: Ray's obituary states he graduated in 1931 but he is listed with the graduates of 1935. See Diplomas Given At Carrollton - 1935 and NOT listed with the class of 1931: see 20 to Graduate at Carrollton.


1st to walk Carrollton mail route
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 nursing home.
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 in Carrollton.
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.

Submitted by 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
Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams



H. RAY - Sep 27, 1913 - Apr 27, 2004
GEORGIA MYERS - Apr 28, 1913 - Dec 6, 1989
Married Apr 6, 1939

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