Carl Ogden

August 27, 1929November 5, 2013
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A “Celebration of Life” for Carl Ogden will be held 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel. There will be a brief ceremony at 6pm. Carl passed away November 5, at the age of 84, just a month and a half after being diagnosed with a fast growing brain tumor. Considering his many years of public service, he must have known it was “Election Day”. Carl was born August 27, 1929 in Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and attended Jacksonville University. Carl was a huge fan of the University of Florida football team and an avid golfer. He was also a Shriner. Carl will be truly missed by his loving wife Gage. They met in Jacksonville and were married for 33 years. In retirement, they both enjoyed their farm in Lloyd, FL where family and friends were always welcomed. Carl served his country in the Army and Air force. As a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force he was awarded The Purple Heart and The Silver Star during the Korean Conflict. He flew over 200 missions, most of them over enemy territory. He did not talk about his military service and few knew that he and a pilot escaped from a prison camp. Traveling at night, it took them four days to reach safety. His friend, who was wounded, died in a Mash unit. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1968, he honorably and capably represented Jacksonville for 20 years. He was majority floor leader in 1972. He was nominated in 1974 and 1975 for the St. Petersburg Times award and chosen in 1976 for “Most Valuable Member of the House.” Additionally awarded Jacksonville Jaycees Good Government Award twice, the Jaycees Good Government award, Duval Delegation most effective member three times. He served several terms as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Finance and Tax. Carl was the longest-serving House member when he left in 1988 after Gov. Bob Martinez appointed him director of the state’s employee insurance program. Carl is blessed with two wonderful adoring sons, Bradley J Ogden (Rhonda) in Atlanta and Gregory C. Ogden in Charlotte. Carl also has seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Carl’s half -brother, Troy Ogden and his wife Karen live in Nashville, Tennessee. The devotion he gave to his family and his service to his state and country are to be treasured.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Carl Ogden

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Patricis Blanton

November 14, 2013

Dear Gage: So very sorry. I will miss Carl. He,you and Ed and I spent many happy hours together. It was a pleasure to know him.

Jeff and Dacia Johnson

November 11, 2013

Dear, Dear Gage, Can't stop thinking about you and Carl. Carl was such a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by all his friends. He leaves a tremendous legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Jeff and Dacia Johnson

margaret smith

November 11, 2013

Dear Gage,
A wonderful tribute to a great man. You were blessed to have him in your life for so many years. He will always be in your heart and the hearts of those he touched . We love you and are here for you.
Allen and Margaret Smith

joan b

November 11, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Gage and family. Carl has a wonderful soul and he will continue to live through us. I will miss my fellow Gator. Love and Hugs, Joni B.

November 11, 2013

Dear Gage,
We are blessed to have spent time with you both after retirement. May God bless you and your family.

Bill and Wendy Bostick

November 11, 2013

What a lovely writing about Carl's life....
We'll miss him......
Bobby and Patti Brantley

November 8, 2013

Dear Gage, Thinking of you in this time of loss. You were always there for him, providing love and support. He brought so much to his state and friends, and especially his family. May God bless you and your family and peace to you.

Ann Wainwright and family

November 7, 2013

Dear Gage,

So sorry for your loss. Carl was so real and always a gentleman. He will be missed.

Bless you,

Linda Fohl

Will and Connie Kendrick

November 6, 2013

Gage and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Carl was a great person and always willing to offer advice.

Mike Johnson

November 6, 2013

Carl was a kind and caring person and will be missed very much. He will always be in our memory for the joyful times on the golf course, the football discussions, great fishing in his pond and mostly for just being Carl, a great person and friend. May God bless him and consol his family and friends in this time of grief and sorrow.