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Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

NOTICE of DEATH - SAM L. OSBORN

Sam L. OSBORN, 90, of Mount Ayr died April 17, 2006, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. Services are pending at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2009

Mount Ayr-Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, April 28, 2006

OBITUARY - SAMUEL LOUIS OSBORN

Samuel Louis OSBORN, son of Samuel OSBORN and Ida LANDIS OSBORN, was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, February 10, 1916, and peacefuly passed away after several years of failing health on April 17, 2006, at Clearview Nursing Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

His family moved to Grant City, Missouri in 1918, and childhood there held many wonderful memories for him. He graduated from Grant City high school in 1934, and attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College at Maryville, Missouri, for two years. Upon returning to Grant City, he worked at the local drug store until going to California with his sister, Edith RICKABAUGH, and her husband Harold.

After finding employment at the General Motors Assembly plant in South Gate, Califirnia, he became foreman of the trim hardware department in January, 1938, and during World War II worked as foreman in the manufacture of M15 tanks. After the war, he resumed working at General Motors and was made general foreman over the trim department in 1947. He enrolled in night classes from the Correspondent American School of Chicago and achieved his goal to become an engineer in plastics finishing and assembly in May 1948.

Sam was united in marriage to Mary Ellen GRACE, June 15, 1939. To this union was born a daughter, Paula Ann, on August 17, 1942. They resided in California until he and his daughter returned to Missouri in the late 1950's. On August 14, 1960, Sam and Iris Gloria CULBERTSON NORRIS married, united their two families into one.

Religion was an essential part of his life. He was a student of the Bible as a believer and historian. He was a life-long member of the First Christian Church. Baptized in Grant City as a boy, he later transferred membership to the Mount Ayr Christian Church were he served as an elder and as Sunday school teacher for the high school and adult classes.

Sam loved people of all ages. His partnership in the Mount Ayr Roller Rink and his part-time work at the Princess Theater during the 1960's allowed him to interact with area youth and parents with his quick wit and sage advice. He enjoyed many friendships over the years and always appreciated being part of Mount Ayr's close-knit community.

His experience, skills and talents qualified him for many kinds of work during these years. He set ads for the Mount Ayr Record-News until 1968 and worked at a local factory as a tool and die technician for a short time before taking a sales position with Lucas Feed Company. He enjoyed serving area farmers and his dedication to them and the company was recognized through a trip and bonuses. He retired in 1978.

His greatest love was always for his family. He loved to cook for them and wrote many poems for their birthdays and other special occasions. He loved to fish and hunt and enjoyed the outdoors. His family enjoyed his love of collecting novelty frogs. He and his beloved wife, Iris, loved traveling together to visit their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They thoroughly enjoyed many trips to destinations around the world. Their most treasured hours together were at their special haven, the little cabin on the shore of Loch Ayr, north of Mount Ayr.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Ida OSBORN; his sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Harold RICKABAUGH; sister-in-law, Doris BARKER McCLINTOCK; brother-in-law, Raymond BARKER; and, son-in-law, Dennis WARD.

He is survived by his loving wife, Iris; daughters, Pauling CUMMINS (Kenneth) of Gilbert, Arizona, Cathy WARD of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and Sherry POOLER (Rodney) of Fonda, Iowa; grandchildren, Jennifer HARRIS (Thom) of Fisco, Texas, Greg CUMMINS (Alison) of Hilliard, Ohio, Jackie RUPE (Jason) of Lafayette, Colorddo, Jeff CARR (Jennifer) of Decautr, Georgia, Kelly SOUZA (Rom) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Allison CARR of Seattle, Washington, and Scott, Sean and Evan POOLER of Concord, New Hampshire; great-grandchildren, Ashton and Blake HARRIS, Abigail and Sydney CUMMINS, Andre, Caleb and Priscilla DeSOUZA, and Gabriel and Meredith RUPE.

Services were conducted at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. John BRILLO and Rev.Edward SHIELDS officiating. Musicians were Ginny EIGHMY, Rev. John BRILLO, Dr.Lollus LAWHEAD and Kathy SHIELDS. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Casket bearers were Rod POOLER, Jeffrey CARR, Alan cuLBERTSON, Jeremy CULBERTSON, Rom SOUZA, Steve TRULLINGER, Richard SHELLEY and Travis HARTMAN.

Honorary pallbearers were Caleb DeSOUZA, Don SOLLIDAY, Tom CARR, Ken CUMMINS, Gerggory CUMMINS, Jason RUPE, Thom HARRIS, Jim JOHNSON, Dough HYMBAUGH, Mike WIMER and Neil HARTMAN.

Sam was laid to rest at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

We follow the trail around each bend
Sooner or later the trail will end.
And when we find it, that very day
He'll send His Son to show the way.

So now the pain has gone away
And Heavenly bliss has come to stay.
He's gone to the place of enternal rest
To join with those that God has blessed.
~ By Sam OSBORN

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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