A Celebration of the life of Richard Lee Osborne, Sr. will be held on Thursday July 13th, 2017 at Donovan Bagnoli Funeral Home in Tallmadge from 4-8pm, followed by his funeral on Friday July 14th, 2017 at 11:00am. All friends and family are invited to attend a larger celebration at his daughter's (Angelique Osborne) home afterwards.
On June 30th, 2017, Richard Lee Osborne, Sr. or Rick, "Oz" or "Ozzie" as his friends and family called him, was abruptly and tragically taken away from us in Fayetteville, NC. Rick was a mere 23 days from coming home (Tallmadge, OH) to spend time with his loved ones for his annual trip home. This was a trip that he was very excited about and looking forward to. Many of you reading this know the impact he had within our community and how losing him, leaves a void that no one can fill.
Richard Lee Osborne, Sr. was born on May 13th, 1946 to Gordon and Lula (Hendricks) Osborne of Uniontown, OH. He was born into poverty to a home that had no indoor plumbing, but those circumstances and his loving mother's support and wisdom, laid the foundation of what would become one amazing man. One, who overcame his adversities and achieved so very much in his life. After graduating from Green High School in Uniontown, OH, he then worked several places, from City Hospital, to Goodyear, all while being a teen parent to his first son, Daniel "Danny" Osborne. It was then, that he identified his calling to serve and he enlisted into the United States Army. Upon his return, he knew he wanted to protect and serve, so he obtained training from Northwestern University, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and graduated from The Akron Police Academy. Rick went on to protect and serve his community, while working up the ranks to lieutenant at The Tallmadge Police Department for 25 years. During his tenure, he was the only person to ever accomplish international accreditation for the department. He owned several small businesses throughout his life; The Wine Peddler, The Anchor Inn, The Donut Station (where he perfected the perfect icing rose) and partnered with his son "Rick Jr" on ROSBO enterprises and ROSBO rebuilders.
Rick knew how important education was, so he went to Malone University where he graduated President of his class in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration. Furthermore, he attained his ICMA-CM and CPFA accreditations from the nation's leading advisors and experts, so he could bring those skills sets and successes to improve our community and beyond. With his diploma and accreditations in hand, he not only served our community, but he went into teaching at the local universities while providing consulting services to better anyone who enlisted his services. His accomplishments and intelligence didn't stop there. He went on to obtain his pilot's license, which to this day, he always said, was the hardest accomplishment, but one in which he holds much pride. For the remainder of his career, he worked in government from Treasurer, to Director of Administration in Tallmadge, to Nye County Commissioner (territory was the size of 7 U.S. states) in Pahrump, NV, one thing remained true, his goal was always to protect and improve his community, for it was his calling in life to serve others.
Rick was a huge sports fan and loved LeBron James. He was hoping to meet him one day. Additionally, Rick was an avid car enthusiast (from car shows to changing his own vehicles; which was always a "surprise"), loved to golf (even though he was terrible at it), loved happy hour with his friends after work, he loved grilling for friends/family, travelling in his many motorhomes (a lifetime dream was to travel across the U.S. via motorhome, once retired), hosting parties in his bar at the home he built on Alandale, camping with family, loved watching movies/shows, spending time with friends and family, curling up on his chair with his pugs; Bentley and Brody and most notably, his love for Elvis.
He will be deeply missed and his absence will forever be felt across the community and in our hearts. Dad/Papayou forever have us..all shook up.
He would want to leave with parting wisdom, as he was known for this with those closest to himso I leave you with these wordsto forever remain as his legacy. Here is the question to ask yourselves when things get tough.in the words of my father." How do you eat an Elephant?"
The answer is."one bite at a time".
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Lula Osborne, and brothers Eugene Osborne and Gary Osborne.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Carol; His loving children; Daniel Osborne of Akron, Richard L. Osborne, Jr. (Sarah Christine) of Walkersville, WV, Debra Hymes (David) of Ravenna, Angelique Osborne of Uniontown, Colleen Pulsford of The Woodlands, TX, Meredith Pulsford of Virginia Beach, VA, and Dean Pulsford of Kent, OH; sister, Bonnie Lantz; five grandchildren; 4 from son Rick: Carly Boyer, Cody Osborne, Samantha Osborne, Richard Lee Osborne, III and from daughter Angelique: Kaden Osborne.