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Kenneth Lee Ozment

September 2, 1932 ~ November 12, 2018 (age 86)

Kenneth Lee Ozment, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Harrisburg, IL, on November 12, 2018. 


Ken was born in Harrisburg, IL on September 2, 1932. Ken is survived by his wife of 66 years, Peggy June Rister Ozment, having married August 31, 1952 at McKinley Avenue Baptist Church. Ken and Peg had the honor of being the first couple married in that church building. Ken was a member of the First United Methodist Church. 


Ken is also survived by his children Ron Ozment (wife Janice), Suzette Lambert (husband Duane) and Lisa Ozment as well as grandchildren Jordan Lambert (wife Alexa), Brette Lambert, Veronica Ozment, and Valerie Ozment.  His brother and sister, Karen White and Greg Ozment survive him as well. He is preceded in death by his parents Dorris Henley Ozment and Robert Ward “Doc” Ozment and his son Randall Keith Ozment.


After graduating from Harrisburg Township High School in 1950, Ken served his country as an Army corporal where he worked as a company clerk during the Korean War.  He received a B.S. from Southern Illinois University in 1954; then graduated from St Louis College of Pharmacy with honors in 1960. Ken worked at Barter Drugs and then owned Ozment Drug Store on the square in Harrisburg for nearly 40. In addition to serving the community’s medical needs, his candy counter was a popular favorite on the square for kids of all ages.  


Ken served the city of Harrisburg from 1968 - 1979 as finance commissioner and mayor.  Ken was also known as an avid golfer and member of Shawnee Hills Country Club for more than 50 years.  He also enjoyed membership in both Harrisburg BPO Elks #1058 and the American Legion George Hart Post #167.


Visitation will be held at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg on Thursday, November 15, from 5:00-8:00pm with an Elks memorial service rituals performed at 7:00pm.  Funeral services will be at Reed’s at 11:00am on Friday, November 16, with visitation from 10 am until the service hour. Burial services will be held at Sunset Lawn Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Army National Guard and Harrisburg American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. The family asks in lieu of flowers and for Ken’s lifelong love of the game of golf, donations be made in his honor to Shawnee Hills Country Club.

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