Clyda Ogle

Posted 8/16/22

Clyda Jean Crackel Ogle, 81, a lover of learning and creating, left this world on Sunday, Aug 14, 2022, with family by her side.

A graveside service is 10a.m. Saturday, Aug 27, at Edgar Cemetery. …

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Clyda Ogle


Clyda Jean Crackel Ogle, 81, a lover of learning and creating, left this world on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, with family by her side.

A graveside service is 10a.m. Saturday, Aug 27, at Edgar Cemetery. Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ogle often spoke fondly of her family and friends in Edwards County, where she was born and lived until she went to college at Eastern Illinois University. While studying to be an elementary teacher, she met the love of her life, Dennie Lee Ogle, whom she married on Oct. 13, 1963. The couple lived in Paris, where they worked and raised their three children, Charles William Harold, Elizabeth Leah Victoria and Virginia Thelma Jean. 

She leaves behind her brother, Kim (Sue) Crackel; her sister-in-law, Bobbie Crackel; her children, Hal (Kary) Ogle, Leah (Mike) Lane and Gin (Bill) Dosek; her grandchildren, Natalia Reardon, Jeffery Reardon, Malissa Hovis and Evie Dosek; two great-grandchildren, Aden Ferguson and Natalie Hovis; and a host of beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband; her parents, Harold and Virginia Joy Shaw Crackel; her brother, Ronald (Betty) Crackel and her brother, Wilford “Bill” Crackel.

After working briefly as an elementary teacher in Olivet, she stayed home to care for her young children until she began work at Zenith in Paris during the mid-1970s. In the early 1980s, she opened her own business, Clyda’s Knitcraft, which made various knitted items (hats, sweaters, etc.). During this time, she returned to college to receive her secondary education degree in science and began substitute teaching in Edgar County area schools.

Mrs. Ogle participated in several Edgar County Fairs, routinely winning blue ribbons for her embroidery pieces. Eventually she began working at the Danville Correctional Center as an educator, becoming a very active member of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Local 2052, and the 2000 DCC Employee of the Year.

When her husband suddenly passed in 1997, she moved to Westville where she became a member of the Red Hat Society and lived until after retirement. In her most recent years, she moved to Gilberts where she spent most of her time working on small projects for friends and family, taking classes to learn how to do those projects and playing games. She loved a good crossword puzzle, Wordle, or cipher, and played video games for hours.

 Online became her refuge. For decades, she met with her brothers, nephews, and nieces for a Sunday morning chat. She converted historical documents into digital records as volunteer work and developed an interest in family genealogy. She was a member of several online communities, including the Meaning of Life quilting group, which she described as giving her the gifts of friendship, purpose, community and joy. 

In her youth she was a rebel, sneaking lipstick to school to wear in her elementary school class picture, something not done by children in the 1940s. As an adult, she was independent and self-assured. It was commonplace to see her trying something new or doing something outside typical roles, like teaching herself how to machine embroider, changing the oil in her 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit or playing Frogger until she had a blister on her thumb.

Mrs. Ogle lived a humble life by sharing what she could and sending handmade gifts to those she loved.

Memorial donations may be made to The Bee Conservancy.

 “If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden.” - Claudia Grandi

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