Daniel Lynn Ogden (Dan), 65, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Decatur, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born in Decatur, Illinois on April 7, 1947, to Howard L. and Janet Y. Ogden. He married Linda Gulino '69 in Decatur, IL at First Congregational United Church of Christ on August 17, 1967.
Dan graduated from Eisenhower High School, Decatur, IL in 1965. He attended the University of Illinois, and received his BS from Millikin University, Decatur, IL in 1969. He started his distinguished career with Firestone Tire and Rubber as an executive in the Decatur, IL plant in the 1960’s. His career with Firestone took him to Indiana, Michigan and Texas before being named executive vice president of Bridgestone/Firestone’s North American tire operations in Akron, OH. He relocated to Des Moines, Iowa to become president and chief operating officer for EMCO Enterprises, Inc. Upon returning to the tire industry in 1997, he finished his career as president and chief operating officer of Yokohama Tire Corp.’s U.S. operations in Fullerton, CA. He retired from the tire business in 2001. For the last nine years he had been a realtor in Scottsdale.
Dan enjoyed playing golf, traveling with his family, and watching for coyotes from his patio at sunset. In his youth, he swam for the Decatur YMCA swim team, and played football and baseball at Eisenhower High School, where he was a pitcher on the EHS 1964 State Championship team. He was instrumental in the startup of the JFL football league at Firestone Field in the late 60’s. Those who knew and loved Dan will always remember his contagious smile and warm heart. He will surely be missed.
Survivors include his wife Linda who lives in Scottsdale, AZ; his son, Darren Ogden of Kauai, HI; his daughter, Dr. Beth Ogden of Surprise, AZ; father, Howard L. Ogden of Decatur IL; brother, Tim Ogden (Connie '71) of Decatur IL, brother Kevin Ogden (Cindy '75) of Springfield, IL; brother and sister in law, Don (Sue) Torris of Chandler, AZ; cousin Dick (Cheryl) Ogden of Springfield, IL; nephews Matt Ogden '00 of Decatur, IL, Jeff Ogden of Edwardsville, IL, and Eric Ogden of Springfield, IL; nieces Jennifer Ogden Tom '11 (Casey '02) of Springfield, IL and Andrea Ogden Morris (Jarred) of Troy, IL and several aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother, Janet Y. Ogden and one brother, Larry Ogden.
Daniel is the Brother-in-Law to Cynthia Marie Ogden '75