Jon Wogen, 1961

Fall 2017 (August 31, 2017)

Jon Wogen, age 77, of Olivia, Minn., died Jan. 16, 2016, at Renville County Hospital in Olivia. Memorial services were at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia with Rev. Matt Hausken officiating. Visitation was at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home. Interment was at Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Lake Mills, Iowa. Jon's wishes for memorial donations are to the Olivia Park Board for the development of a natural playground for the Pond Park. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.

Jon Ramon Wogen was born Nov. 24, 1938, at Lake Mills, Iowa, to Raymond and Anna (Talle) Wogen. He grew up at Lake Mills, and graduated from Lake Mills High School. Jon graduated Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and received his Master’s Degree from the University of South Dakota. Jon married Jan Putz on Sept. 5, 1964, at Fountain City, Wis., and they were blessed with two sons, Matthew and Erik. Jon taught Science classes in Norway, Iowa, and then at Olivia, Minn., after moving there in 1977. Even though he retired in 2001 from BOLD School he will be remembered for being a lifelong educator teaching many how to appreciate nature. He was a faithful member of Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church and enjoyed the Friday morning ecumenical bible study at Masters Coffee Shop. His community involvement was extensive including being a member of Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Friends of Renville County Parks, Tatanka Bluffs Corridor Group, National Rifle Association Renville Rangers Shooting Club, Prairie View Bike/Hike Trail Committee, Olivia Parks and Recreation Team, Buffalo Lake Rod and Gun Club, and serving on the County Park/Trails Board. Jon loved to teach concealed carry gun classes and renewals and to assist Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and 4-H youth with outdoor activities and lure making.

Jon is survived by his wife Jan Wogen of Olivia, his two sons: Matthew Wogen of Louisville, Colo., and Erik (and Sheila) Wogen of Broomfield, Colo.; his two grandchildren: Maggie and Ingrid Wogen of Broomfield; his brother Phillip (and Mary Jo) Wogen of Lake Mills, Iowa; and his two brothers-in-law: Harry (and Judy) Putz of Fountain City, Wis. and Donald (and Dorothy) Putz of Osseo, Wis. Jon was preceded in death by his parents.

Jon Wogen