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Longtime Katy Restaurant Manager Dies After Contracting COVID-19

A GoFundMe has been established to benefit the family of David Oglesby, a beloved member of the Union Kitchen team, who died this week

A Black man wearing a black button-down shirt stands in a kitchen with a big smile on his face
David Oglesby and his characteristic smile
The Union Kitchen [Official Photo]
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David Oglesby, a beloved manager at the Katy location of the Union Kitchen, has died after contracting the COVID-19 virus. He was 60 years old.

Oglesby passed away on February 19, after a lengthy hospitalization as the battled the pneumonia he developed after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. He was admitted to the hospital after developing pneumonia related to the virus, according to a statement issued by the restaurant. “David Oglesby was a valued employee and more than that, a great friend to the staff and managers,” Gr8 Plate Hospitality owner Paul Miller said. “I never once saw him without a smile on his face. He will be missed.”

Staffers at the Union Kitchen have established a GoFundMe account to help Oglesby’s family during this time. The husband of Denise Oglesby and the father of two children, Oglesby was described as a “fighter,” “courageous,” “faithful,” “loving,” and “strong,” by his wife. “You’ll be greatly missed and I’m so proud of you,” she said via the GoFundMe page.

At press time, the GoFundMe has raised $2,650 of its $25,000 goal.