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Kenneth E. Belford
Kenneth E. BelfordFlagKenneth E. Belford, age 77 of Prospect, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.  He was born September 17, 1934 in Lucasville to the late John and Margaret (Gordon) Belford.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Garnet Drollinger and brother, Tom Belford.

On June 13, 1954 he married the former Jean Mather in the Trinity Baptist Church in Marion and she survives in Prospect.

He worked at Sears before serving in the Navy; he next worked at McMillen's Farm Supply after which he was a Marion County Deputy Sheriff before going to work at Eaton Manufacturing, retiring as Chief of Security in 1995 after 26 years of service. He went back to work part time for Depot Security until November of 2007.

A 32nd degree mason for 55 years, Ken was a member of the former Sojourners Lodge #653 and later Marion #70.  He was a member of Marion Post 7201 and Prospect Post 368 American Legion. He loved to hunt, fish, golf and play cards for many years. The past few years his greatest joy was visits with his children and grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa (Steven) Oswald, Marion; Amy (James) Reese, Sandusky; five grandchildren, Angela (Michael) Weaver, Odenton, MD; Owen (Alicia) Oswald, Marion; Jacobi Reese; Wesley Johnson and Andrew Reese; two great-grandchildren, Brooke Weaver and Lillian Oswald; a sister-in-law, Ruth Belford; several nieces and nephews and many close friends that were like family to him.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect with Pastor Bill Snyder officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Marion County United Veterans Council.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday at the funeral home in Prospect where Masonic Services will be conducted by Marion Lodge #70 F&AM.

Memorial gifts may be made to Prospect Baptist Church, 213 North Elm Street, Prospect, OH 43342.

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#1 from: Marke & Denise Lyon
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Lisa,Steve & family,

Deepest sympathies - so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. God Bless -
                           Marke & Denise Lyon

#2 from: Carol Sue (Price) Miller
Marion, Oh
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

May the peace of the Lord be with you all during these difficult days. Ken was one of my favorite friends from my childhood.  He always looked so good in his police uniform and VERY tall. God Bless.

#3 from: Karen Wiebe
Chicago, IL
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Belford family.

#4 from: Ray  & Arlene James
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Jean, we were sorry to hear of Ken's passing. May God give you strength and peace each day.

#5 from: Pam Williams
Sun, Apr 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Jean and family,  so sorry for your loss  my prayers are with you all

#6 from: Sue (Dunn) Pepin
Westerville, Ohio 43081
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Dear Jean and girls
Was so sorry to hear of Ken's passing.  I know that you two had been together a long time, and my heart goes out to you. I think of you often and hope to see notice of the Fairfield "girls" getting together again some evening to catch up.  May God comfort you in your grief.
Love and prayers

#7 from: Marguerite Roberts
Marion, Ohio
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Dear Jean and family,
I was sorry to learn of your loss.  Please know that I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.  Marguerite Roberts

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