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William "Bert" H. Ogden

September 17, 1943 — March 17, 2024

Paw Paw

William "Bert" H. Ogden

In loving memory of William Herbert Ogden, affectionately known as "Bert", whose journey on this earth came to a peaceful close at the Rose Arbor Residence on March 17, 2024.  Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on September 17, 1943, only son to the late George E. Ogden and Helen Jo (Walters) Ogden. 

Bert led a life dedicated to service and community. His career as a Michigan State Trooper, concluding with his retirement in 1991, reflected his commitment to upholding the law and ensuring the safety of those around him. Even after retiring, he continued to serve as a dispatcher until 2000. His unwavering dedication was not only confined to his professional life; he actively participated in various community organizations, leaving an indelible mark wherever he went.

A proud Marine who served his country with honor during the Vietnam War, Bert embodied principles of integrity and duty both in and out of uniform. His longtime involvement in the Lions Club, American Legion, VFW, and First Presbyterian Church Paw Paw attested to his deep-rooted values and sense of responsibility towards others. 

Beyond his illustrious career and military service, Bert's true essence shone through in his interactions with people. Known for his kind heart and willingness to lend a helping hand without hesitation, he touched countless lives. Whether it was spending time bowling, golfing or traveling with his friends, family and grandchildren, Bert found joy in simple pleasures and cherished moments spent with loved ones.

Survived by his beloved wife Janet (Stadt) Ogden, whom he married on April 15, 1967, Bert leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion that extends to his daughters Kristen L. Ogden and Michelle R. (Jason) Collett; grandchildren Alexandria Collett, Samantha Collett, Nathan Collett; sister Diane (Karl) Rosch; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends. 

Services for Bert will be held at Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw. A visitation will be held on March 21, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw. There will be a memorial service held Friday, March 22, 2024, beginning at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Gail Monsma officiating. Following services, there will be a reception held at the Paw Paw Lions Club. Please use the link below at 11:00 AM Friday to watch Bert's memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Paw Paw Lions Club Community Christmas Baskets, Paw Paw Lions Club - Lions e-Clubhouse, First Presbyterian Church Capital Fund, Paw Paw First Presbyterian Church (, or the American Legion McGowen - Johnson Post 68, Paw Paw, American Legion McGowen-Johnson Post #68 | Paw Paw Downtown Development Authority ( 
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Thursday, March 21, 2024

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Friday, March 22, 2024

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