January 6, 1923 - April 7, 2017
Ogden Ellis Kellogg Sr. passed away peacefully Friday, April 7, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 6, 1923 in Pasadena, California the son of William Scripps Kellogg and Alice Crowe Kellogg. He grew up in Altadena, Calif. and graduated from Flintridge School where he rode his horse to school.
He attended UC Davis and joined the U.S. Marine Corps ROTC. In 1944 he graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor in agriculture. Ogden married his childhood sweetheart, Marjorie Maybury January 13, 1945 while in Officers training at Quantico, Virginia. He was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1952. He later earned Master degrees from Southern Oregon State College in science education and from Oregon State University in biology.
Pursuing a lifelong dream of cattle ranching, Ogden moved to Oregon with his wife, Marjorie and their three young sons in 1953. Marjorie gave birth to their daughter five days after arriving in Oregon.
Ogden, who had a rich, fulfilling family and civic life, was never happier than when working on his ranch. He maintained the historic irrigation ditches, tended his cattle, and kept the ranch free of starthistle. He was a true steward of the land.
He taught Biology at Crater High School until 1970. After retiring from his teaching career, he and his wife, Marjorie ran the Hillside Farm School, a small independent middle school, on their ranch for several years.
Ogden believed that it was important to live a life consistent with what was best for the greater good. He lived the motto, “Live simply so that others may simply live.” He was an early environmentalist. At Crater High School he organized the first Earth Day celebration. He demonstrated his commitment to helping the environment by riding his bike, frequently commuting from Sardine Creek to Central Point, Medford or Ashland for work or meetings. In his later years he liked to clean up litter along the Rogue River and elsewhere in Gold Hill after visiting with his friends at Patty’s Café.
He was a man who put his beliefs into action and hoped to make a difference by simple acts of service. Ogden served on the Jackson County Planning Commission and The President's Council for Southern Oregon State College. While serving on the Board of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy he helped preserve Lower Table Rock, the Rogue Valley Greenway, the Siskiyou Mountain Preserve, and the Jacksonville Woodlands.
Ogden was a lifelong tennis player and tennis fan. In 2005 his donation to the City of Gold Hill made the reconstruction of the Gold Hill tennis courts possible. He enjoyed many years of drop-in doubles with a great group of local players. Although a very good tennis player, he is equally remembered for his sportsmanship and grace in all aspects of the game.
He is survived by his sister, Jean (Kellogg) Schuyler; his children, Ogden Kellogg Jr. (Cindra), Q. Tom Kulog (Carolyn), Daniel Kellogg (Lynn), and Cynthia Kellogg Gaty (Theodore); eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Crowe Kellogg; and his wife, Marjorie.
A memorial gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.
Ogden, a man who was blessed with many choices, liked to say, “A man is as rich as his pleasures are simple.”