Edwin Joseph Ogran, 88, of Bassett, Va., died Sept. 13, 2009. He was born Dec. 30, 1920, in Waupaca, Wis., to Casper and Pearl Ogran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dale; and sister, Velma. He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and served as a first lieutenant in the Army during World War II. He retired from Bassett Furniture Industries, where he worked as a research engineer for 22 years. He served as city manager of Glenview, Ill. In 1951, he ran the first particle board plant in the United States in Hope, Ark., and went on to operate fiber board plants in Louisiana and Wisconsin. He came to Bassett in 1967 and built the Bassett fiberboard plant. For more than 25 years, Ogran and his wife hosted a weekly Christian fellowship in their home. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Ann Ogran of the home; three sons, Mack Jeffrey Ogran of Birmingham, Ala., Martin David Ogran of Opelika, Ala. and Curtis Edwin Ogran of Birmingham; three stepsons, David A. Hill of Richmond, Marvin Lee Hill of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Roger W. Hill of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Tags: 1944

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