Aaron Robert Ogren, 90, who entered an independent and assisted living arrangement at Fairhaven Senior Services, 435 W. Starin Road in Whitewater, Wisconsin after his wife Betty’s death in January 2015, left this life on March 3, 2018.
Bob worked as a photoengraver/lithographer; was a lifelong environmentalist, and served as a village trustee in 1970s and 1980s in Wauconda, Illinois; and served the city of South Haven, Michigan after retiring.
He is survived by sons, Paul (Patricia) Ogren of Oxford, Mississippi and Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Dean Ogren of Chicago, Illinois and granddaughters, Ema (Joseph) Holman and Angela Tremonte.
After living independently a little over two years, Bob began to lose weight and strength, and entered assisted living. The staff frequently commented on what a pleasant resident he was to work with. He enjoyed short visits, from friends and relatives, and was always mindful that the visitor should not have to spend too much time…”you better get going.” He snacked almost daily on chocolate and potato chips. He was smiling, complaining of no pain, and not indicating that he needed anything else until the end. For quite some time he said the weight loss was so he could look good for mom when he met her in Hawaii (a warm place where he promised to reunite with her when she was at home in hospice care). We see them now, in that warm place, watching beautiful sunsets, eating fresh fish he is catching, and reminiscing about old times and friends. Please remember them that way as well.
Both dad and mom were second-generation immigrants, only children of four parents all from various parts of Sweden who had come to the United States. In the worldview of the Vikings, life is eternal, but not in the sense that most people today automatically think of when they hear that phrase. Instead, dad and mom’s physical beings, the parts that you might call their bodies have dissolved into their components. But now each of their "selves" can go on to vitalize their descendants, all their dear friends, loved ones, and the world. For old Swedes, death is a threshold in the wider process of life, more a transformation than an end.
So, while Dad and Mom have left us physically, they will be living on and revitalizing us all.
If you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to your favorite charity or to Fairhaven Senior Services directly or through Bob’s family. This will be a fine way to honor this man of the world.
Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin is assisting the family.