Ernest's Story

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Ernest Adrian Hogan was born January 3rd, 1924, on Cherry Street in Ottawa, Kansas, to Glenn and Sara (Brewster) Hogan. He passed on to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, at the age of 93 years and 1 week.
Ernest moved to Norman when he was 6 years old, and attended Jefferson Elementary School. He graduated from Norman High School in 1942. He attended OU in 1942-43, where he was a member of the Navy ROTC. He enlisted in the Navy in December, 1942 and reported for active duty in August of 1943. The USS Bashaw was the ship which took him to Australia to join up with his assignment on a submarine, the USS Diablo. His tour took him to Pearl Harbor, Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. He was a naval combat photographer. Another submarine, the USS Billfish brought him home when WWII was declared over. He was honorably discharged in May of 1946. He received the American Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
When Mr. Hogan returned to Norman, he met Patricia Brown at a young people's activity at the First Church of the Nazarene. They were married on June 16, 1947, and remained active in the church the rest of their lives. Pat died December 15, 2014. They were married for 67 1/2 years.
Ernest and Pat Hogan had 5 children: Suzette (Larry) Weaver of Noble, Michael (Debbie, deceased 2015) Hogan of OKC, Gary (Debbie) Hogan of Greenbrier, AR, Dale Hogan (deceased 1966), and Gayle (Gene) Baker of Moore. They had 12 grandchildren: Eric, Dale, Chad, Sara, Gered, Lori, Stephen, Cody, Gavin, Michael, Heather, and Gunner. They also had 25 great grandchildren: Abigail, Brandon, Shawn, Kirby, George, Elijah, Riley, Peyton, Emmerson, Silas, Preston, Kameron, Logan, Makenzie, Cooper, Gwendolyn, Carsyn, Bellana, Cailyn, Adalyn, Ava, Alli, Bon, Ellie Mae, and Zachariah, and "PaPa" knew every one of them by name!
Ernest had three younger siblings, sister Glenellyn Smith (deceased 2012), sister Geraldine Engleman of Mexico, and brother Richard Hogan of Texas.
The Hogans were foster parents for the Department of Human Services for 40 years, 1967-2007, loving and caring for over 200 babies in Cleveland County, Oklahoma County, and Wichita, KS.
Ernest was a member of the Mayflower Society. He was a descendant of both William Bradford and William Brewster.
He worked for Humpty Foods in Norman, Bethany, and OKC for 22 years, his last position being produce warehouse supervisor. He also worked for Schrivner IGA, and retired from JCPenneys, where he was the warehouse and truck fleet supervisor.
Ernest was a great handyman. He could fix almost anything. He continued working for JCPenny's for several years after he retired, in customer service repairing any furniture flaws the customers had.
Actually, Mr. Hogan's family doesn't think he ever really retired. When he wasn't at his place of employment, he was taking care of his home, his children, his grandchildren, and all of those 200 foster kids! He loved his Lord. He loved his family! He loved babies. He loved music, animals, and flowers, and he was greatly loved.
Services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 17th at Norman Community Church of the Nazarene on North Porter Ave. Viewing is scheduled at Primrose Funeral Service, also on Porter Ave., on Sunday, January 15, from noon til 8 pm, and Monday, January 16, from 8 am til 8 pm. Burial will be following the service at the IOOF cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman.
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Published on January 13, 2017
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