Arthur Gerald Ogaard, age 80, formerly of Cokato, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Emmanuel Nursing Home of Litchfield, with his family at his side.
He was born Sept. 15, 1932, at Donnybrook, ND, to Maurice and Doris (Swanstrom) Ogaard. Art grew up in Cokato and was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
He graduated from Cokato High School in 1952.
After high school, Art joined the United States Navy, spending most of his four years of service in San Diego, CA.
He then furthered his education at St. Cloud State College. While there, he helped build the Rich Springs golf course at Cold Spring, and later the Buffalo Heights golf course of Buffalo, and the Cokato golf course.
Art married Nancy Rentz in Buffalo in October of 1963.
Art owned and operated the Clover Leaf Milk delivery service in Cokato for quite some time before moving on to other things.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, woodworking, pistol league, gunsmithing, motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, trap shooting, and bowling.
Art was a licensed pilot, and a member of the NRA, Cokato Country Club, Cokato Legion, and Masons.
Most of all, Art enjoyed his family, being a good friend, and helping people.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Ogaard of Aurora, MN; sons Gerald of Rosemount, Goff (Susan) of Swanville, and Greg (Melinda) of Iowa Falls, IA; grandchildren Heather, Brian, Sarah, Rachel, and Jackson; great-grandchildren Tanner, Kylee, Makenna, and Carter; a brother, Richard, of Seattle, WA; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Doris; and a great-grandson, Kaden.
Visitation was Friday, April 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, with interment at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery of Little Falls.