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John E. Ogborn
(January 22, 1930 - February 13, 2013)

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John E. Ogborn

MATTOON, IL – John E. Ogborn, age 82 of Mattoon and formerly of Charleston, entered his heavenly home on Wednesday, February 13,  2013 while in the comfort of his Mattoon home.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church located at Tenth & Jefferson Streets in Charleston with Father John Titus presiding.   Visitation for family and friends will also be held Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until Noon.  Interment with Military Rites by the Honor Guard of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Bailiff Cemetery near West Union, Illinois.  John’s family has requested that memorial gifts in his honor be made to the Boys Scouts of America or to the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592.  Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the Visitation or Mass or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

John was born February 22, 1930 in Shepardsville, Indiana, a son of the late Benjamin F. and Cora E. (Serber) Ogborn.  He married Betty L. Green on April 4, 1951 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston and they have shared the past sixty-one years as partners and friends.  In addition to Betty, John is survived by five children, Cathy Smith and husband Frank of Neoga, Illinois, Chris Ogborn of Mattoon, Danny Ogborn of Mundelein, Illinois, Carey Ogborn and wife Brenda Lee of Bloomington, Indiana and Perry Ogborn and wife Terri of Charleston; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Monroe and husband Travis and Tricia Margenthaler and husband Mike all of Neoga, Grant Ogborn of Chicago, Curt Ogborn of Madrid, Spain, Kylene Ogborn of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Natalie Lin and husband Mike of Indianapolis, Drew Ogborn of Bloomington, Indiana and John Phillip (J.P.) Ogborn of Charleston; six great-grandchildren, Jurgen H. Smith, Teagan Monroe, Taylor Ann Monroe, Cody Margenthaler, Breanna Margenthaler and Cole Margenthaler; a niece Nancy Colyer; and three nephews, Michael Sehr, Sonny Hoopengarner and Thomas Glen Creasey.   In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.


John was a 1949 graduate of Charleston High School and honorably served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  He was employed for twenty-five years as a machinist and in maintenance with ITW Hi-Cone.  John is a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Charleston; a Life Member of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592 and formerly a member of two Goldwing Motorcyle Clubs based out of Terre Haute.


John was a man of many talents!  He was gifted with a beautiful baritone voice and sang at several family weddings.  With his skills as a mechanic, carpenter, plumber, etc. he could fix just about anything.  In addition to motorcycling, he also enjoyed nature and loved being outdoors.  In earlier years he enjoyed hunting and fishing and still enjoyed mushroom hunting and watching the birds.  He played baseball during high school and enjoyed watching the game, especially if his beloved St. Louis Cardinals or Detroit Tigers were playing.  John was quiet by nature but did enjoy the laughter and smiles which accompanied a good joke.  He retained his good nature and sense of humor even when faced with recent health issues.   John was a man who was always devoted to his family and made them his number one priority.  He helped with the boys scouting troops when they were young and he was always there for Betty, his children and his grandchildren.  His forgiving and loving nature enhanced his qualities as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  John will always be fondly and lovingly remembered by family and friends. 


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