Walter H. Ogburn


Walter Herbert Ogburn, 71, of Traverse City, died peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2019. He was born on July 7, 1947 in Detroit the son of the late Harold Pete and Margaret (Semmer) Davis.
He married the love of his life, Anne Renee Arbour, on Oct. 15, 1991, and she preceded him in death on April 10, 2019. They made the Traverse City area their home for over 40 years.
Walt was the eldest of four siblings; surviving are Thomas Ogburn, Betsy (Jimmy) Zontini and Brian (Chris) Davis. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and special friends, Dawn and Billy Halberstadt and their children and grandchildren.
Walt was a U.S. Marine and participated in many operations during the Vietnam War.
After returning from the war, Walt had many successful careers. He sold wood stoves, was a cosmetologist and owned Hair Force One. He was a chef at the Embers, Mabel's, Dill's and the Cottage Cafe. Walt was an ordained minister. He was a professional drummer for many years, playing with many different bands in the area.
Walt enjoyed golf, stain glass, music, hot rods and classic cars and anything Beatles. He celebrated over 40 years of sobriety with a 12-step program.
Funeral services will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Walt and Anne's Paradise at 4600 N. Indian Lake Road, Traverse City. The service will start at 3 p.m.
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Published on May 19, 2019
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3 posts

May 24, 2019
I have know Walt for a lot of yrs back in early 80s. What a wonderful positive person. Then married Annie they were so great together.sorry won't. Be make it as I'll be out of town but will always keep you both inthoughts and prayers. RIP
Tom Webster
May 21, 2019
I met Walt many years ago in a 12 step program.He always had positive things to say and was a good example of how to work a 12 step program.He helped many people I'm sure.
Brad Novak
May 19, 2019
Walt was kind enough to let me sit in with his band back in 1988 (or so). The band was Cosmos and I was 10. I played Old Time Rock and Roll. I'm now teaching drums to over 100 students per week at TCAPS, GTACS, NMC, and my own business, The Beat Lab. A lot of the credit for my passion dates back to his generosity. Thanks Walt! Rest in peace.