The Curry Coastal Pilot

Malcolm Ben Ogletree Sr.

July 6, 1924-Jan. 29, 2014

Former Brookings resident Malcolm Ben Ogletree Sr. passed away Jan. 29, 2014, at his residence in Grants Pass,. He was 89.

Malcolm was born July 6, 1924, in Portersville, Miss., to William B. and Lillie Ora (Ezell) Ogletree.

Following high school, Malcolm served in the U.S. Navy, first on active duty during World War II in the South Pacific aboard the USN Persepcen and then later as a Seaman 1st Class reservist during the late 1950s. He married Vera V. McNutt Dec.15, 1945, in San Francisco, where he owned a gasoline service station. He then became a fireman at the Presidio for five years, then transferred to McClellan Field for another seven years. Malcolm spent 18 years of his career as a Corrections Officer with the California Department of Corrections at Folsom Prison.

IN 1988, He and Vera retired and moved to Brookings, where Malcolm enjoyed all of the outdoor recreation of the Southern Oregon Coast. He was also active in his church where he loved to sing and be a witness to other people.

He and Vera moved to Grants Pass in 2007 to be near medical care.

Survivors include Vera, his wife of 68 years, of Grants Pass; son Malcolm Ben Ogletree II and his wife Lorraine of Grants Pass; his blood granddaughters Nicole Lillie Erickson, Michelle Elizabeth King, and a blood great-grandson Peter Favaza IV of Gloucester Mass.; four grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter by Ben's marriage to Lorraine.

He is preceded in death by his sister Ruth Morgan of Oroville, Calif.

No memorial contributions are requested.

A celebration of Malcolm's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Pursuit Church of the Nazarene, 922 W. Harbeck Road in Grants Pass, followed by a potluck in the fellowship hall.

Private inurnment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.