William R. “Bill” Osburn

Services for William R. “Bill” Osburn, 77, Lecompton, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clinton Cemetery.

Mr. Osburn died Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Stormont Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.

He was born December 20, 1934 in Homer, Louisiana, the son of Herbert E. and Emma Ethel Vasser Osburn. He grew up in Parsons, KS, and went to school there.

After high school he went into the Army. He retired from Lawrence Paper Company in 1998 after 20 years service as a machine operator. Mr. Osburn attended Fellowship Baptist Church, and was a lifetime member of the VFW and past president, He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, playing chess, reading, and watching KU, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Kansas City Royals.

He married Judith M. Mathis, January 28, 1961 in Parsons. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include, four sons, William E. Osburn and wife Nikola, Pleasant Hill, IA, Robert F. Osburn, Lawrence, KS, Charles L. Osburn, Lecompton, KS, and Jonathan G. Osburn, Lawrence, KS; a brother, Ralph G. Osburn, Lawrence, KS; six grandchildren, Milissa Barnes, Jonathan Osburn, Kirsten Heffner, Amanda Osburn, Renae Schmid, and Ryan Osburn; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Barnes and Peyton Barnes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Aaron D. Osburn; three brothers, Edward Osburn, Richard Osburn, and James Osburn; as well as a sister, Margaret Dickens.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The family suggests memorials to Fellowship Baptist Church, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Johnny Osburn...

I could not have ask for a better teacher to make me the man I am today thank you dad you will be missed

love Johnny

From kirsten (osburn) Heffner...

Grandpa taught me many things. And always gave me good advise and jokes. But the best words ever ” a little white lie about how big the fish actually will NEVER hurt anybody” I love you grandpa so much.

From Stephen and Kinda Skea...

Judy, Billy, Robert, Charlie and Jonathan and family: We count it a privilege to know such a wonderful man who was your husband, father, and grandfather. He was a real blessing to us, and we will miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathy and sincere prayers are with you all in this time of your loss. May the God of all comfort bring peace and comfort to you, knowing that Bill is enjoying the presence of His Lord in heaven. Love, Pastor and Kinda

From Gary and Deb Powell...

Dear Rob, Charlie, and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. The Powell Family


Dear Charlie and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time…Mike Hadl

From Mike and Rhonda Sweeney...

We were so sorry to hear of the passing our of neighbor. Judy, we are thinking of you. If there is anything we can do for you, at any time, please do not hesitate to ask.

From Pam Cook...

I am so sorry of the passing of Bill Osburn. He was a loving and caring husband and father. He truly loved to fish and my brother in law (Bill Jr.), surely loved to fish with his dad. They definately bonded while spending hours of fishing. The family has had many a fish fry with the many fish caught during those fishing trips.
Please remember all those wonderful memories of your father and husband. There are so many to remember. He is watching over all of you. You are all in my prayers and thoughts!

From jerry longfellow...

I will miss Bill & his fishing tales. He was a swell guy

From Allison Salsbery...

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bill. What a great loss to his family and friends.

May God bless each one of you at this time and always.


From Denny Johnson...

Sorry to read of Bills passing, I have several good memories of him at L.P.C.

From Milissa (Osburn) Barnes...

Thinking of you Grandma. You have been a champ for the past couple of months and such a wonderful wife. Grandpa was very lucky to have such a lovely lady as yourself. I too will miss him deeply. Sending prayers your way. Love you

From Matt and Mindy Skea...

Judy and family,

We want to let you know how sorry we are for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man and we are honored to have gotten to know him over the last few years. He knew how to do many things in life: love his wife, his children/grandchildren, and fish!! We will never forget the fish fry’s!! Thinking of you all!!

Matt and Mindy

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (KJV)

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