Monte W. Oglesby, 70

Monte W. Oglesby, 70, of West Bend died at Cedar Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on July 15, 2009.

Monte’s life can best be summed up in the following way: "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming…Wow! What a ride!"

He was born in Longview, Wash. to Everett and June Oglesby. Monte and his family moved to Garden Grove, Calif. in 1955 and he graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1957. He married Patricia (Knepp) on March 7, 1974 in Limestone, Maine and they were best friends and companions for 35 years sharing adventures, companionship, and laughter. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1960. He served as an air policeman and was a member of the high-powered rifle team. Later in his military career, he was a small arms instructor. He was stationed around the world, including Texas, Japan, Turkey, Guam, New Hamp-shire and Alaska. He served two tours in Vietnam. His commendations included a Good Conduct Metal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Metal.

Monte retired in 1981 from the Air Force and started his retirement continuing to live life to the fullest. Immediately after retiring, he and Patty staked a gold claim in the Trinity Mountains of California. He went on to school to get his CDL and did long-haul trucking. In 2006, Monte got his real estate license. Monte started his love for golf as a caddie in Longview, Wash. He learned the game from his uncles. He worked at several courses and most recently helped teach the junior golf program at West Bend Lakes. He studied technical aspects of the game and enjoyed helping others develop their skills. Monday league at Hon-E-Kor and Wednesday league at West Bend Lakes afforded Monte the opportunity to show his golfing prowess, share stories and entertain those around him. Monte enjoyed traveling and sharing stories of his travel-from days as a wrangler on a ranch in Wyoming, to visiting ghost towns in Nevada, sight seeing at the most haunted castle in Ireland, or walking the lava flows in Hawaii – it was always an adventure and an opportunity to meet new people and touch their lives.

Monte loved animals, both domestic and wild. He always had at least one cat on his lap during TV time. He was a bird watcher and animal observer and many of his travel adventures were to birding areas or to see elk bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park or grizzly bears in Glacier National Park. Monte appreciates the beauty of flowers and was an active member of the West Bend Beautification Com-mittee. Monte was a great friend to many, a golfer, a mentor, a communicator and story teller. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, many family members, and friends he touched throughout the world.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Patricia; sisters, Diane Kay Athearn of Hamilton, Mont., Mary Lynne Hofhenke of Tehachapi, Calif.; step-mother, Lois Schrader of West Los Angeles, Calif.; in-laws, Robert and Maureen Knepp of Londonderry, N.H., Chris Sitbon of Anchorage, Alaska, and various nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his pets and chair companions, Smokey Joe, Misty and foster dog, Abbey.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sandra Joan Siltanen; mother-in-law, Mary Robinson Knepp, aunts, uncles, and longtime family friend, Charlie Schrader.

The visitation will take place Saturday, July 18, 2009 at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following at 3 with Pastor Mike Moran officiating.

Memorials to the Ronald McDonald House or West Bend Beautification Commit-tee are appreciated.

The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Joseph's Hos-pital and Cedar Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the many friends for their support.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.