On April 24th, Johnny’s long courageous battle with cancer was lost.
Johnny is predeceased by his parents John and Nellie Ogden and brothers Henry and Gerald.
He is survived by his wife Maymae of 49 years, daughter Devri, son Davin. Grandchildren; Josh, Torin, Alix and Jade, 2 great grandsons; Gideon and Silas. Sister Lois Sweet of Fernie and many nieces and nephews.
Johnny was born and raised in Cranbrook and loved sports. He played baseball and hockey most of his life and loved being “the goalie”. In high school at Mount Baker, he excelled in track and field, basketball and Teen Town.
In 1963 he joined the RCMP and was posted to Sask. The family spent time in Regina, Prince Albert, Assiniboia and back to Regina. Johnny’s career was mostly in plain clothes. He was on drug squads, in General Investigations and an intelligence analyst. He received four commendations during his service and retired as a Sergeant.
In 1983 Johnny retired from the RCMP and dedicated his life to his art. He did pottery, sculpture for the ornamental concrete business. He produced the Happy Hans trophies for Julyfest events for years and Name Game Cartoons at children’s festivals for 30 years. You could also find him in the Platzl in summers doing cartoons.
The family would like to thank the staff at East Kootenay Regional Hospital and a special thank you to Dr. Dawson.
Johnny requested no service. A celebration of Johnny’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Cranbrook Cancer Society or the Nurse’s Cupboard at the clinic.
He will be missed by family and all who knew him.