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December 24, 1947 –  May 13, 2024

Kenneth James Ogden (1947 – 2024)

Kenneth James Ogden, 76, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2024.

Ken was born in Fargo, North Dakota, to William and Helen Ogden. After graduating from Richfield High School in Minnesota, he served in the Army Reserves during the 1960s and 70s. He graduated from Business School at the University of Minnesota and went on to get his CPCU and CIC.

Right out of college, he worked for his father’s business Whamco.  After managing the Oakley National Investors Group at Oakley National Bank, he purchased it which then became the Insurance Center of Buffalo.  Ken married Lynn and they settled in Buffalo for over 50 years.

Ken left a significant mark on his community through his service. He served as president of multiple organizations, including the Jaycees, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Dean Lake Association, and the Church Council and Building Committee. Additionally, he chaired the Rodeo Committee, Blue Ribbon City Committee, Toys for Tots, and was a board member of Generations Day Care. He also served on the Buffalo School Board for over a decade.

Two of Ken’s greatest passions were coaching and mentoring. For over 30 years, he coached elementary through 10th-grade football, instilling teamwork and personal growth in his players. He also created a lasting middle school mentoring program that continues to this day.

Ken’s joy for life was contagious. He would begin each day in song as he hopped out of bed. He knew the lyrics to almost every tune. His sense of humor and love of spreading knowledge made friends with almost everyone he met. He was a master angler, cherishing annual Canadian fishing trips with friends for 34 years. A summer wouldn’t be complete without golf, where he proudly achieved two* holes-in-one (one he refused to count since he hit it from the wrong tee box).

Ken and Lynn were happily married for nearly 56 years. An avid reader, he devoured World War II history and science fiction. Ken ate his way through the world loving to experiment eating and cooking all kinds of foods. His evenings were best spent with family and friends, gathered around a bonfire, a glass of scotch in hand, singing his favorite songs.

Ken is survived by his wife, Lynn; children, Pat, Matt (Jessie), and Sarah; grandchildren, Gavin, Logan, and Kai; siblings, Cheryl, Bill, (dec. John), (dec. Keith), Kathy, Pat, Tony, Tom, Mary, and Lloyde; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.

Visitation will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo on June 5, at  1:00 P.M.; service at 3:00, with reception at Huikko’s Event Center to follow.

Donations can be made to the Ken Ogden Scholarship Fund at BHS.

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8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bev Johnson

    How fitting that Ken’s ceremony is on World Environment Day!

  2. Dave Ahlm

    Was a pleasure to have known Ken. Condolences to Lynn, Sarah, Pat, and Matt. Rest in peace sir.

  3. Tim Murray

    Ken always seemed excited to see me and happy to talk about how things were going in school, on the golf team, or on the golf course. Ken had a wonderful passion for others and had a way to make a person feel special. I will miss running into him around Buffalo.

  4. Kathy Ogden

    He was an amazing – and I do believe he knew every lyric (or at least his made sense). I loved his passion for life and will miss his sarcastic wit.

  5. Dick & Robin Derrickson

    There once was a golfer named Ken, Respected and admired by all men, He chased a white ball, Thru Spring, Sunmer and Fall And sometimes in Wintertime too

  6. Ric Seashore

    It was an honor to have known and done business with Ken over the many years he was in Buffalo. Condolences to his family.

  7. Joe Coolen

    Ken was a wonderful man to do business with over all these many years. I so enjoyed visiting with him
    whenever I saw him. He will surely be missed. You will be in my prayers.
    With sympathy, Joe Coolen, Coolen
    Brothers Tree Service.

  8. Nancy Hudack

    Lynn, I met you 3 years ago in gym class. You were so very welcoming. We shared book titles we borh enjoyed. I never met your husband Ken. I believe there must have been a deep love and peacfulness between you, as your easy kindness always came though. Sending blessing for your happiest memories.
    Nancy H.


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