Kenneth “Ken” E. Osgood, age 67, of Sauk City, WI laid his working hands and loving heart to rest peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on January 15, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Ken was born on October 13, 1954 to Duane and Marvalene Osgood. Ken graduated Sauk Prairie High School in the class of 1973.
Ken married his wife Sandy (Knuth) on October 22, 1977. Together they raised Scott (Amy) of Prairie du Sac and Sarah (Dave) of Baraboo.
Ken had a career spanning nearly 50 years in the auto parts industry, and 34 of those years were with Weaver Auto Parts. Ken built friendships and became trusted by many of the garages on his route, even calling his regulars in his last days.
From 1994, Ken was the crew chief of the Bobby Weiss Race Team, and that partnership led to a lifelong friendship. When Bobby retired from racing in 2004, Ken found his newfound passion to be a seasonal camper and help out at Wilderness Campground (Montello, WI).
During his career, his time on the track and camping, he developed many close and meaningful relationships
Ken was a mainstay in his family and was always a phone call away if advice or assistance was needed. He was always prepared and had a tool for every project. Ken was a prankster at heart, and it wasn’t uncommon to see him wearing a funny hat, or reacting with a stupid answer.
Known for helping his neighbors with yard work and snow removal, Ken was proud of his John Deere tractor. Ken bonded with his son through racing, Boy Scouts, crafts and mutual love for John Deere.
Ken was a sports fan from Wisconsin and never missed an opportunity to watch his daughter play basketball or chat about games. Ken enjoyed playing croquet, cards, snowmobiling and hunting.
Ken was extremely proud of his five grandchildren: Anna, William, Emellia, Sullivan and Marryn. Ken was a thoughtful man and even in his last moments, Ken put his family first and wanted to make sure they were taken care of.
Ken leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, mother (Marvy Grauvogl), mother-in-law (Jean Knuth and Pat Patterson); siblings Wanda (Mike) Kohlman, Lori Hamilton, Dave (Cyndie) Osgood, and Alan (Michelle) Osgood. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and a plethora of close friends.
Ken rejoices in heaven with his father (Duane Osgood), brother (Russ Osgood), sister (Rita Osgood), brothers-in-law (Gary Bolar & Pat Hamilton) and father-in-law (Leon Knuth) along with other special family members and friends through the years to.
Ken’s last request was to hold a celebration of life at Dorf Haus (Roxbury, WI). It will take place on January 22, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with lunch at 12:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate having memorials distributed in Ken’s memory.
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