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John R. Ogden

March 23, 1948 ~ July 31, 2022 (age 74)


John R. Ogden, 74, of Urbana passed away at 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at OSF Heart of Mary, Urbana, Illinois. He was born in Urbana, Illinois on March 23, 1948 the son of Russell & Inez Ogden. John is survived by his beloved dog, Billy Boy; daughter Tina (Dave) Cole of Farmer City; grandchildren Wyatt & Kayla Cole; sisters Karen (Bill)Williams of Mansfield, Connie Ogden of Champaign and Linda Ogden of Urbana; former wife and friend Joann Brown; stepchildren Shelly, Gina, and Scott; step grandchildren Lisa, Leah & Christina. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Rick Ogden and a grandson Ethan Cole. John graduated from high school and was drafted into the Army. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart Award for his combat role in the Vietnam War. John was a member of the Carpenters Union 243. He owned and operated Cornerstone Builders until his retirement.  He built many big homes and apartment buildings in the Champaign-Urbana area.  John was a member of the Urbana American Legion Post 71 and Urbana VFW Post 630 where he enjoyed his many friends.  He was often invited to take the stage and sing with the various bands at the VFW. Growing up he and his entire family spent many hours roller skating at the Monticello Roller Rink.  His parents met at the Elmwood Roller Rink in Urbana and that became the family entertainment for many years. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel. There will be a visitation prior to the funeral from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Ken Young will be officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Burial Park. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund or The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Condolences may be made to www.renner-wikoff


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