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1935 Barbara 2021

Barbara J. Ogden

September 6, 1935 — January 2, 2021

Barbara Ogden, 85, of Wood River died January 2, 2021 at Tiffany Square in Grand Island. Burial was held previously at the Grand Island City Cemetery. A memorial service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River. Online condolences may be directed to

Barbara (Wegner) Ogden was born on September 6, 1935 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Fritz

and Elizabeth (Lueth) Wegner. Barbara attended District 1R School through eighth grade. She then went on to graduate from high school at Grand Island Senior High. After high school she worked for the Grand Island Independent. It was during that time she started attending Rural Youth activities and met her future husband, Richard Ogden. They were married on April 7, 1957 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Barbara became a farmer’s wife after she married Richard. The couple was blessed with two

children, Shirley (Ogden) Horst and David Ogden. The couple farmed their entire life in the

Wood River area. Barbara took great pride in running the combine during harvest season for

over 20 years.

Volunteer activities were also part of Barbara’s life. While her children were growing up, she was

a Sunday School teacher and a 4-H leader. After her children were on their own, she got

involved with the Grand Island Kennel Club and Central Nebraska Humane Society. Barbara

enjoyed gardening, her monthly lunches with girlfriends, playing cards at family get togethers

and doting on her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Richard Ogden of Wood River, NE; daughter, Shirley

Horst of Edgar, NE; son, David Ogden (Julie) of Wood River, NE; grandchildren:

J.D. Horst of Edgar, NE; Molly (Cody) Benjamin of Bellevue, NE; Emily Ogden

(Logan Wilson) of Wheatland, WY; Alec, Isaac and Gillian Ogden of Wood River,

NE; great grandchildren, Cohen Benjamin, and Holden Benjamin.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Elizabeth (Lueth) Wegner and her

son-in-law, Jerry Horst, and sister-in-law, Nancy Ogden.

Memorials may be given to the family to be designated at a later date.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Wood River

411 West 11th Street, Wood River, NE 68883

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