Alan Robert Ogden, (Al, Lanny, Dad, Grandad), 86, was born in Summit, New Jersey to the family of Robert B. and Arline S. Ogden. He was married over 60 years to his beloved and devoted wife, Cecile M. Ogden.
He passed away June 17, 2020 at his home in the Wind Crest Senior Retirement Community in Highlands Ranch, Colorado after a long bout with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Following his graduation from Williams College, (BS, Chemistry), Al served in the USAF as a fighter pilot. Following his retirement from active duty, he served in the West Virginia Air National Guard, before retiring as a Major after 14 years of combined military service. He then continued his passion for flying, eventually retiring as the Fleet Captain of the Boeing 767/757 fleet after a distinguished 28-year career with United Airlines. Al is also credited with piloting the first non-passenger, instrument-only landing at Denver International Airport pending its official opening in 1995, in which he was accompanied by a Denver news crew to document the much-anticipated opening of the new technologically advanced airport.
His dedication to a long enduring faith in God and his family was supplemented with a love for golf, baseball, reading and extensive travel with Cecile. He was a member of the Raccoon Creek Men’s Golf Club and loved to golf with his sons. Al and Cecile were inseparable in their Columbine Valley, CO community. They engaged in ballroom dance, bridge, and the St. Gregory’s Episcopal Choir, where they have been members for 38 years.
Al’s love for his family was steadfast. He was quick with a joke or one of his beloved oxymorons, yet respected as a community leader, husband, father and grandfather.
His final passing was eased at Wind Crest, where, as comfortably as anyone could have hoped, he went to join his Lord, mother, father, brothers, and many other family members and friends.
His boyish smile, contagious laughter, intellectual capability, unmatched wisdom, and unconditional love will live on with those who were so fortunate to know, and forever love him.
Al is survived by two sons, Robert Ogden of Littleton, CO, Jeffrey Ogden of San Antonio, TX; one grandson, Taylor Ogden; two granddaughters, Emily Ogden, and Catherine Ogden; daughter-in-law, Barbara Ogden; daughter in-law, Sarah Ogden; sister, Joan Ogden and brother, Neal Ogden. He is predeceased by his brothers, Bruce Ogden and Richard Ogden.
With his family members and invited friends, a private funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on June 29, 2020 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 6653 W. Chatfield Ave, Littleton, CO 80128. The service will be streamed live and may be viewed using the Facebook link at www.saintgregs.org. A recording of the service will also be viewable using the YouTube link at www.saintgregs.org.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (ipffoundation.org), St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church(www.saintgregs.org), or a charity of one’s choice.
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