Mr. Kenneth L. “Ken” Sargent, 84, of Galesburg died at 1:28 a.m., Friday, December 6, 2019, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center. Ken was born December 20, 1934, in Franklin, Illinois to Mr. William Everett and Eleanor Kathryn (Woods) Sargent. He married Dorothy June Wilkinson on September 25, 1955, at First United Methodist Church in Galesburg. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Sargent of Galesburg, his son Michael (Melissa) Sargent of Marion, Arkansas; and one brother Willard D. (Sue) Sargent of Peoria, Illinois. Also, surviving are two grandsons Joel W. Sargent and Garret M. Sargent. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother Donald E. Sargent. Ken graduated from Galesburg High School in 1952. After high school, he worked for Gale Products for several years before being drafted into the service. Ken served two years in the U.S. Army at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio before he and Dorothy returned to Galesburg. Upon returning home Ken took classes in HVAC. Ken worked in the Heating Plant at Knox College and retired in 1998. Ken was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge #0894, and sang in the barbershop quartet as a member of the Elks and in the Faith United Methodist Church choir for many years. In his spare time, Ken enjoyed golfing at Lake Bracken, where he was a member for 45 years, with his family and weekend golf group of couples. This special group also took many vacations together in each other’s company. Ken was an avid reader, he enjoyed reading a multitude of books and retaining information from cover to cover. He was always a good man and a good person—a real gentleman.
Cremation will be accorded. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2019, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. A private burial will take place at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens on a later date. Memorials may be given to the Galesburg Public Library of a fund of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be given at www.h-p-w.com.