Remembering Theodore ``Ted’’ W. Ogleby Representative Todd Rokita
Posted on 2013-02-04
ROKITA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. ROKITA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and salute a
remarkable Hoosier, Theodore ``Ted'' W. Ogle. He was a true leader in
his home of Columbus, Indiana. He left us way too soon.
Mr. Ogle served his community in many ways, including as a youth sports official and coach, as a board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and for 16 years on the Columbus City Council. Most recently, he served local Republicans as county and district chair. He was my dear friend.
I got to know Ted best when I first ran for office and needed his support. Ted said he was happy to see me but that his boys had a swim meet, and if I needed to see him, it was going to have to be there. So off I went to see him that day. To be honest, I probably learned more about swimming than politics.
As this Chamber knows, politics can be a tough business. There's always another meeting, another event, another obligation. It is all too easy to push our family life to the back burner. In his own quiet but direct way, Ted showed me where he set his priorities, and when it came time for me to have a wife and children, where I should set mine. I try to do that.
That was Ted Ogle--a man truly committed to God, his family, his country, and his party. I will miss his friendship, counsel, and most of all, his good example.