Kenneth Lawrence Osgood
February 24, 1926 – October 27, 2015
–Kenneth Lawrence Osgood, 89, of North Woodstock, NH & Richmond, VT,, died 10/27/15 with Joanne, devoted wife of 41 years, and dog Chloe by his side. Born in Lincoln, ME, in 1926 to Ruth Marie (Lancaster) and Loring Osgood, Ken lived a life full of family, travel, fishing, and music. As a child in Maine, Ken enjoyed fishing, hunting, and rejoicing in mischievous pranks with friends. Cherry bombs and “gifts” on doorsteps were his favorites. He picked potatoes during the Great Depression, saw the Hindenburg in flight, and lived as the world brought TV, commercial flight, numerous wars, and a man on the moon. The attack on Pearl Harbor prompted Ken to enlist in the Navy. He trained at Gulfport Mississippi Engineering School and Class A Diesel School in San Diego, and was stationed at Camp Elliott Naval Receiving Station when the war ended. He loved running landing craft and PT boats. Soon after, he met and married his first love, Elizabeth (Betty) Bean of Campton, NH and had a busy life with 3 boys and 3 girls. Betty passed in 1968, and a short second marriage blessed him with another son. He then married his second love, Joanne Laliberte of Winooski, VT, who gave him a daughter. “I never thought I’d have so many kids!” he once said. Once the Chief or Police in Campton, NH, Ken and partners started HOK Masonry in 1965, and helped build structures at St. Mike’s College, Essex and S. Burlington HS, Church Street, and dozens of banks, churches, prisons, schools, condos, and restaurants. The Burlington Coast Guard Station was one of his last. Ken loved playing cribbage, snowshoeing, skiing, rock polishing, wood carving, playing the harmonica, boating around Lake Champlain, doing a goofy dance to embarrass his children, joking with his grandchildren, and eating a good steak. Retirement allowed him to RV with Joanne throughout the U.S.They fly fished in Alaska and met people from the Yukon, to Arizona, to the Everglades, to Prince Edward Island. In his words, “Never put off doing something you really want to do.” Once asked what he was most proud of: “My wife, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.” Right now, he’s probably pranking St. Peter at the gates, with a black raspberry frappe, harmonica in his pocket, and fly rod by his side. Rest well, Old Man. You are loved. He leaves wife Joanne, sons and spouses: Buz and Jeanie Osgood of Johnson, VT, Steve and Rhonda Osgood of Belvidere, VT, Dave and Ann Osgood of Lowell, VT, Kelley and Lyressa Osgood of West Bolton, VT; and daughtersand spouses: Sherridan Rose, Betzi and Garret Taoka of Campton, NH, Christina and Eric Smith of Milton, VT, Jolene and Aaron Ciosek of Jeffersonville, VT; loving mother-in-law Gisele Laliberte, and 36 grand and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents and sister, Barbara Christophersen, and by first wife Elizabeth (Bean) Osgood.
Services will be held at the Blair Bridge Cemetery in Campton, NH, Nov. 6 at11:30
.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency
The Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 main Street, North Woodstock, NH is in charge of arrangements.
To view an online guestbook go to www.fournier-hale.com