The graveside service with military honors for Robert E. Ogier, 74, who died on January 26, 2022, will be held Friday, May 6, 2022, at 1 p.m., at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden with the Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet officiating.
Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.
CAMDEN — Robert Earl Ogier, 74, husband of Janice (Mank) Ogier, died on January 26,2022 at the U.S. VA Hospice Unit in Togus. Born in Camden on October 15, 1947, he was the son of Willis Earl and Elizabeth (Harden) Ogier.
Robert was always proud to know that his ancestors were among the first settlers of the town of Camden.
Growing up on Pearl Street was something he spoke of often, referring to his friends as the “Pearl Street Gang” – The Marshalls, Mitchells, Welts, Longs and McClains were some of the gang. Biking around the neighborhood, going through the woods to skate at the Bog and crawling around under the Knox Mill to collect pigeon eggs were a few things they enjoyed as youngsters.
Robert graduated from Camden Rockport High School in the Class of 1966. That fall he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training he was stationed on the DMZ in South Korea. After six months in Korea, Robert volunteered to go to Vietnam. He was granted a two week leave and came home to marry his high school sweetheart, Janice Mank, on September 15, 1967.
Being an infantryman, Robert was engaged in a lot of combat while in Vietnam. He became a Sargent E5 and was on the frontlines during the TET Offensive. He was awarded several commendations some of which were the Air Medal, having participated in more than 25 missions over hostile territory. In addition, he received two Army Commendation awards including a V Device for his heroism in military operations against hostile forces. He was a humble man and did not speak of his service in Vietnam very often.
Following his military service, Bob returned home from the Army he started his career with New England Telephone Company, “Ma Bell,” eventually becoming Verizon. He retired after 34 years of being “the telephone man.” He always loved his job and said he was lucky to have it.
Bob was a member of the Rockport Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post #30 in Camden.
Bob had a great love for the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter. He always seemed to get the big one! He also enjoyed spending time with long-time friends at the family camp on Moosehead Lake. While ice fishing, Bob was often in charge of cooking hotdogs and onions. With a twinkle in his eye he was famous for saying, “it’s cooked to the exact nicety”.
In 1993, he started lobstering part-time. Being out on the water was something he truly enjoyed. His family thinks he gave away more lobsters than he sold, but that was Bob.
Bob was a real people person, known for his handlebar mustache, sometimes referred to as a “chick magnet.”
His journey with Alzheimer’s eventually took him to Patriot Place in Togus where he received excellent care. In his final days, most everyone who had cared for him came to give their last respects and told a Bobby story! It warmed the hearts of his family.
Surviving is his wife, Janice, son, Matthew Robert Ogier daughter-in-law, Rachel Ogier granddaughter, Olivia Ogier and grandson, Maxwell Robert Ogier, all of Camden.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Dorothy Rosbach.
A graveside service will be announced at a later date. If desired memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post 30, P.O. Box 187, Camden, ME, 04843; or the Federal Lodge, 361 Main Street, Rockport ME. 04856.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.
Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service 9 Mountain Street, Camden