Ken Disbrow

February 16, 1961January 29, 2019
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Ken Disbrow, 57, of Ossian passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. He was born on February 16, 1961 in Urbana, New York, a son of the late William V. and Marian L. (Cole) Disbrow. Ken served in the U.S. Navy retiring after 17 years of service as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer. He worked for 20+ years as an aircraft mechanic most recently with Premier Avionics. He was dedicated to working out and could be found riding his Harley and dirt bikes. He will be remembered for his competitive spirit, a lover of his toys, and his always giving attitude. Surviving family include his daughter, Rachel Porn; grandchildren, Jack and Kimberly; fiancé, Pam Velpel; siblings, William, Dan, Barry, and Sheila; and dogs, Drake, Suno, and Sadie. Memorial service will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Eileen Rogers Crane

February 18, 2019

Most of my memories of Ken (Opie) were at our pool in Branchport. Then, when living on Wager Hill, Erika & I would walk to your brother Dan & Kathy's barn to feed the horses apples & carrots all the time as it was one of Erika's favorite things to do. She saw her first horse being born there. Then, your sister Sheila & I had some fun memories together many years ago. Deepest Sympathy to all of the Disbrow Family.

Pam (Tietjen) Fingar

February 12, 2019

I am very sorry to read of Opie's passing. My thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time.

I have fond memories of going to your house on Branchport hill.

Susan Swingholm (Szlosek)

February 12, 2019

Very sorry to hear the sad news. Warm thoughts are sent to his family.

Barry Disbrow

February 10, 2019

I loved my younger brother Ken very much, and I am very much missing him. He was always a friend, and he always made me feel proud to be his brother.

Franklin Bulley

February 7, 2019

So many memories with such short time.
Hiking in Guyanoga,
The Corvair,
The GTO with the 2x4s in the rear coil springs
Painting my Buick in your parents shop,
Many trips to Boces, to and back
Skipping school and driving around
Bless you my friend, I will forever remember you

Terry Armstrong

February 5, 2019

Ken (Opie) and I shared a lot of great times growing up together riding motorcycles, go karts and snowmobiles or basically anything that had an engine and would go!

One memory I have occurred on Ken's 13th birthday at my house. We had the great idea to go snow skiing behind my parents house, which we had done quite a few times already that winter.
The problem was that we had some warm days prior, and some of the snow had melted! This didn't in any way discourage us as we were invincible, or so we thought!

Well, I was the first one down the hill and was going good until I tried skiing across a bare spot with my right foot. My right foot stopped and my left kept going , breaking my leg! Fortunately Ken stopped before he got there. I don't know if it ruined his birthday for him, but it sure did for me!

We had a lot of great times up through high school and beyond. You will never be forgotten my friend.......Peace to you my friend.

Joanne Disbrow

February 3, 2019

Five things GOD wants you to remember in trying times.
1. YOU are never alone
2. Nothing takes HIM by surprise.
3. When you are weak, HE is strong
4. He's the GOD of new beginnings
5. His LOVE never gives up on us.

Ken knows that he was loved. He gave and loved back. Our world and everyday is lost without him, just being around him, breaking up our days with his smile and humor. Family is lost without him, and seeing him everyday. Ken was a Christian in his heart. God will carry us in this time of sorrow. To the family - stand together and help one another. Make Ken proud! Trust in GOD to carry us through. Remember the good times with Ken, not to blame, not to dwell on things of the past. Ken loved all. Look inside yourself and feel his love. I am so sorry for your lose, we all loved him.

Steve Westerfield

February 2, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Kens' family. Remembering Ken from High School isn't hard, he was one of the nicest people to know. We never saw each other after High School, he did his career thing and I did mine. We touched bases here and there over FB and I enjoyed that. Being an aircraft mechanic myself it was interesting watching all he was doing. Bless his heart I wish him Fair Winds and Following Seas. MSgt USMC (Ret)

Scott and Betty Crosley

February 2, 2019

To Ken’s family and also the family at Premier. You cannot work with someone or see someone on a daily basis without getting attached to them in some way. We have used Premier Aviation and seen Ken on a somewhat regular basis probably as long as he has been there. He was always jovial, personable, and had a great personality. Never saw him without a smile. We were shocked and devastated to hear of his passing. We are so very sorry for all of your losses. May happy memories replace your sadness. Our thoughts, our prayers are with you.
Scott and Betty Crosley
Cotopaxi CO 598kw