Gary Franklin Ogard, 77
Gary Franklin Ogard, 77, of Vista, California, passed away on January 20, 2021 at Script Hospital in San Diego, CA. His passing was with complications from covid. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in July at First Baptist church in Bridgeport, Nebraska, with Pastor Ray Cook officiating. Gary and his family were long time members of First Baptist Church. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church.
Gary was born on July 15, 1943, in Dalton, NE, to Frank and Maxine (Mayer) Ogard. He was raised on the family farm south of Bridgeport and graduated from Bridgeport High School with the class of 1971. After high school, Gary attended Milford Technical School, where he studied auto body technology.
Gary married Yvonne Tophoj on March 16, 1963. They lived in Wahoo, Lincoln and Ogallala while he continued in his profession prior to returning to Bridgeport to farm and ranch in the area. His true joy was working with horses and team roping.
Upon retirement, Gary and Yvonne moved to Vista, CA, to be closer to their sons and grandchildren. In Vista, Gary continued his Christian walk by being actively involved in Calvary Chapel Church and Cars for Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Maxine Ogard, and father- and mother-in-law, Ernest and Donna Tophoj.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; three sons: Shane, Jason (Anna) and Chris; two grandchildren of Encinitas, CA; brother Monty (Judy) Ogard of Bridgeport, NE; sister Nancy (Kenneth) Bruckner of Gering, NE; and many extended family members.