- April 26, 1923 - November 13, 2016
of William's Passing
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Bill passed away peacefully into the arms of Our Heavenly Father at Hospice House South on November 13, 2016. Bill was born on April 26, 1923 to William T. Ogle and Clara B. Ogle in Missoula, Montana. He spent his younger years moving around the country with his family wherever his dad could find work in the advertising field. His family finally settled in Spokane where Bill attended Roosevelt Elementary and St. Augustine's Grade School. It was at St. Augustine's where Bill met his future wife, Betty in the third grade. Betty was the love of his love; they were married for 62 years. Albert Einstein once said, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." These sage words guided Bill throughout his life. Bill graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1941 and Gonzaga University in 1949. Bill's commitment to serving others began in college when he was elected president of his sophomore class in 1942. That same year, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp to serve his country. During World War II he served as a B-24 Airplane Commander and Assistant Adjutant General for the 20th Air Force on Guam. Bill also served during the Korean War as operations officer for the Air Force Office of Atomic Energy. He was in the Air National Guard for 20 years. Bill was always so grateful for the education he received from the Jesuits at Gonzaga. He served as the President of Gonzaga's National Alumni Board and was representative of the Class of 1949. He volunteered for the Great Teachers Program for some 40 years, serving in many capacities: Team Captain, Co-Chairman 1973-75, and General Chairman 1977-78 and again in 1997-98. He was very proud to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gonzaga University in 2002. He would always want to show it to new friends to let them know "he wasn't all bad." Bill worked in the automobile industry for many years, starting out at Regal Brothers, then for Utter Motor Company as Sales Manager for 25 years. He then bought Bill Brown Chrysler Plymouth with his partner, Norm Fredekind in 1967. During these years, Bill was president many times over: of Bill Brown Chrysler Plymouth, of the Spokane New Car Dealers Association, the Northwest Chrysler Plymouth Advertising Association. He was awarded "Dealer of the Year" by the Washington State Dealer Association for his contribution to the auto industry and to the welfare of his community. Bill looked out for the welfare of his community in other capacities as well. He served as Chairman of the St. Augustine Parish Council; member of the Hospice Board of Directors; Board member of the Ronald McDonald House; Eastern Washington Chairman of the Defense National Committee for the Support of the Guard and Reserve; Spokane Police Citizen Review Board; Chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital; Hospice volunteer; Gonzaga Prep Alumni Advisory Board. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Betty Schumacher, his wife, Betty (2006), his son Bill Jr. (2012) and three infant sons. He is survived by his daughter, Mollie (Leo) Ressa of Pullman, daughter Sue (Bob) Moore of Spokane, five grandsons: Tim (Lisa) Ressa, Ryan (Kaycie) Ressa, Josh Ressa, Dan (Jeriann) Moore, Chris Moore, five great grandchildren, one sister in law and several nieces and nephews. Rosary Vigil to be held at Hennessey's Funeral Home, 2203 North Division, Spokane on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7 pm in the Rose Chapel. Funeral Mass at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 428 West 19th , Spokane on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10 am. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice House South 367 East 7th Avenue Spokane, WA 99202 or Gonzaga Prep 1224 East Euclid Spokane, WA 99207. The family would like to especially thank all the wonderful friends who visited our Dad the last couple of years and the amazing staff at Hospice House South for their very gentle, loving care of our Dad in his final days.