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Ronald Dean Osborn

April 4, 1943 November 24, 2017
Ronald Dean Osborn
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Ronald Dean Osborn was born on April 4, 1943 in Angola, IN. He grew up in Edon, OH, with his parents, Paul and Wava, and four brothers, Richard, Roger, Raymond and Robert. He graduated from Edon High School in 1961, with a varsity letter in football (after surviving one season wearing a leather helmet). He went to Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, and graduated in 1965 with a B.S. in chemistry and minor in mathematics. He began a master’s degree program at Kent State University in Kent, OH. There he met his future wife, Marsha, while working as her chemistry teaching assistant. He then worked at Diamond Alkali as a chemist and was able to purchase his (used) 1963 mosport green Stingray Corvette, which sits in his barn to this day. He next taught high school physics and chemistry for two years. He began working as an engineer for General Tire in Akron, OH, in 1969 and married Marsha in 1972. He was transferred to General Tire’s Southfield, MI, office in 1973. He and Marsha lived in Northville, MI, until moving to their home on Bamby Lane, in Milford, in December 1975. There, they raised their three daughters, Heather, Holly and Heidi, along with multiple pets of exceptional longevity. He continued his work as a tire and wheel engineer for General Motors, in Milford, from 1980 until retiring in 2004.

In his younger days, Ron enjoyed water skiing, house boating, snow skiing, playing softball, and volleyball (until age 58!). He travelled in style, in his two-tone brown van (“the Hooptie”) for 23 years. He and his family spent quality time in said van and their pop-up camper, vacationing across the U. S. He also enjoyed many trips with the neighbors to hunt /take pictures, fish and commune with nature.

Ron was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. Over the years, he coached many girls’ softball, soccer and basketball teams. He had a side business mowing lawns, and referred to this income as his “mad money.” He realized his true occupational dream in 1990, when he became a gentleman farmer, with 80 acres of land in Montpelier, OH.
In retirement, Ron and Marsha enjoyed winters in Jenson Beach, Florida. They continued to travel across the country, in their fifth-wheel trailer, visiting many of the National Parks. They also enjoyed long trips to Alaska, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Ron spent countless hours with his grandchildren, Paige, Tyler and Oscar. He taught them how to drive his 1968 John Deere lawn and garden tractor, pick up sticks, feed the backyard turkeys, build a campfire, pull his finger, and take a good nap in any situation.

Ron was known for his exceptional ability to carry a conversation, his frugal nature, love of anything used, eclectic wardrobe, ability to tell (and repeat) a good joke, and his perpetual willingness to lend a helping hand, always with a smile.

He passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Friday, November 24, 2017. He was 74 years young.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to

Milford United Methodist Church
1200 Atlantic Street, Milford, MI 48381


National Park Foundation
1110 Vermont Ave, Suite 200 , Washington DC, NW 20005

For further information phone 248-684-6645

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Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
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National Park Foundation

1110 Vermont Ave, Suite 200
Washington DC, NW 20005

Milford United Methodist Church

1200 Atlantic Street
Milford, MI 48381

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