Abilene Couple Married Over 50 Years, Share A Passion For Classic Cars
ABILENE, TX – When most people first see Guy Ogan’s rebuilt 1966 Mustang Convertible, with Wimbledon white paint and dark red interior, their first response is to gasp, “she’s a real beauty” And it is. But the real “beauty” in Guy Ogan’s eyes is Cissy Ogan, his wife of 54 years. The Abilene, Texas couple not only share a deep love for each other, they are both passionate about their love of classic automobiles.
“My wife has a 1964 Studebaker Station Wagonaire,“ Guy says proudly. “They call it a Wagonaire because the rear top slides forward, underneath the front top and turns it into a truck. It’s great for parades. My wife and a few of her friends have used it in parades, while I drive with the top down. Under the hood, the Studebaker has a 5.7-L / 345 Hemi and a 5 speed automatic. ”
Guy and Cissy’s relationship blossomed in a very non-traditional way, at least by 1960s standards. “I grew up in Odessa, and graduated from Permian High School in 1966,” Cissy explains. “After high school, I enrolled in college at TCU and entered a nursing program. That is where I met my husband.”
“In 1968, way before social media, there was a computer dating service called Operation Match. I sent my card in, he sent me a postcard and told me he was in ROTC at TCU.”
Guy, who was already a smooth operator, explained that he was flying that weekend, but asked if he could call Cissy when he returned. The first time he called, the pair spent 12 hours on the phone, said Cissy, still amazed at how well they hit-it-off. After we finally met, we were engaged 6 months later, and married 9 months later,” Cissy said. “We have been together ever since – our 54th anniversary was in January.”
The Ogan’s have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. They also own a precious medical alert dog named Leenaa. The specially-trained canine monitor’s Guy’s heart rate and overall health and Cissy’s diabetes. Guy, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, served 22 years in the military before retiring as a Logistic Supply Officer. He played a huge role in bringing the first B-1B to Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. He earned military commendations for bringing the project in under budget and sooner than expected.
Guy’s interest in automobiles was stoked by his father’s love for cars, he said. “That’s where this passion started,” he said. “When I was younger we would work on cars together, swapping motors and all. My first car was actually my dad’s first car – a 1946 Dodge. I even did some drag racing when I was younger and was pretty good at it.”
Although Guy also owns a 2005 Jack Roush Edition Mustang, it’s his 1966 Mustang that he really enjoys talking about. It has a Dart Iron Eagle Stroker block, all digital gauges, 303 based cam, 375 HP, 3550 built up 5-speed standard transmission, McLeod twin disc clutch, 350 Posi Track Rear End, and an Edelbrock 650 cfm carburetor, he explains. “It has a real smooth running little machine that has more power than the law allows,” Guy admits with a sly grin and a twinkle in his eyes.
When he’s not tinkering with his cars, Guy can often be found with a pen in-hand. The accomplished author has already written and published 3 vampire books. The book series is called “Immortal Relations”. He notes that they are about good vampires that protect people. All three books can be purchased on Amazon and Kindle.
In recent years, Guy’s memory has started to wane, his wife acknowledges. But he still has a razor-sharp memory when it comes to automobiles. “For example, he may forget things like store names, but his automotive knowledge is as sharp as a knife,” Cissy says. That is why she supports and encourages his car hobby and joins him for Thursday dinners hosted by the Last Chance Car Club.
“I love being a part of the Last Chance Car Club,” Guy agrees. “It’s a bunch of friends that get together. There’s no officers, no dues. We meet once a week, tell lies, swap stories, travel together and go to different events.” When he participates in car shows, Guy is quick to display a beautiful picture of his 1966 Mustang that was etched in glass by his nephews’ wife Sherry Brown. Sherry is the owner of Granny’s Grazed Glass in
Guy is proud of his car collection, and rightly so. These cars are a major source of motivation and energy for Guy and this hobby enables him to refresh his physique, mind, memory and overall energy, every single day. He is super passionate about everything related to his cars and we hope to see him with his beautiful rides at future events.