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Harold James Ogle, Jr.
Harold James Ogle, Jr., also known as Jim, Big "O", and Fuzzy, age 54 of Hopkins and formerly of Waverly, passed away surrounded by loved ones at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001.
Jim, the son of Harold and Marie Ogle, was born April 29, 1947 in Minneapolis, and raised in Waverly. He attended school at St. Mary's High School of Waverly and graduated in 1965.
After graduation, he went to Willmar Community College and later served active duty in the US Army Reserves.
Upon the death of his father, Harold Sr., Jim took over the family business, the A.J. Ogle Co., a third generation Hamm's and Olympia beer distributing company.
Jim was a volunteer for the Waverly Fire Department, where he was among the first to receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.
He was a member of local organizations, such as the Waverly Booster Club and the Waverly Gun Club.
He served the city council in Waverly, where he was instrumental in the renovation of the Waverly Legion Park. Jim was a member of the Charles Classen Legion Post 305.
Every year he was honored to return home to lead the local troops through the Waverly Memorial Day parade, as his father did before him. Currently, Jim owned and operated TFC Services. He was also a member of the Hopkins Elk's Club.
Some of Jim's interests included playing on the "Stingers" softball team, old cars, horse racing, golfing, and boating.
He will always be remembered for his unique humor and wit, infectious laugh, generous heart, his legacy of nicknames, and sincere love for life and those he spent it with.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marie Ogle.
He is survived by his three loving children: Scott, and his wife, Julie, and their children, Shelby and Anne-Marie Ogle and Kenny Parks; son Ryan and his son Blake; daughter Tiffany; and their mother, Norma Ogle.
He is further survived by his siblings: Vivian "Chic" Kuhn, Patricia (Joseph) Campbell, Mike Ogle, and Tom (Maureen) Ogle; also, very special friend Kathleen Nolan and dog, "Miss Daisy."
The Mass was Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. Mary's Church of Waverly. The Rev. Martin Shallbetter, long time friend, was the celebrant.
Jim was laid to rest beside his mother and father at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Waverly.
A Dixieland band led the procession from the church to the cemetery with friends and family marching along.
Don Klingelhoets, Clayton Smith, Sam Gruenhagen, Jerry Hance, Duane Janikula, Tom Custer, John McDonough, Randy Henk, Sonny Camp, and Pete Chmielewski were pallbearers.
Honorary bearers were Sean Campbell, Terrance Williams, Cory Hance, Andrew Ogle, Jason Ogle, Dan Williams, Brad Ogle, Mathew Ogle, Jason Ogle, Christopher Williams, Zachary Campbell, Cassie Ogle, and Tara Ogle.
St Mary's Funeral Choir sang at the Mass, and lunch was served at the Knights of Columbus Hall following the service.
The family appreciates all those who came to gather and celebrate the life of such a wonderful man.
Howard Lake-Waverly Herald & Winsted-Lester Prairie