Ronald R. Osborn

WINNEBAGO – Funeral services for Ronald R. Osborn, 75, of Winnebago will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Winnebago, with Rev. Thomas Butler officiating.

Ronald passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at his home. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Spencer Owen Funeral Home, 345 Sixth Ave SE, in Winnebago, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

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He was born July 6, 1937, in Montezuma, Iowa, the son of John and Opal (Schmidt) Osborn. He attended many country schools as his family moved around. They moved to Minnesota in 1949 when Ron was in the sixth grade, and he graduated from Winnebago High School in 1957. On Oct. 19, 1957, he married Charlotte Ritter in the First Presbyterian Church. After they were married, he entered the U.S. Army and served for two years. When returning to Winnebago he worked for a farmer, Duncanson Lumber and the City of Winnebago. In 1974, he and Donald Pettit purchased their first backhoe, and after buying Don out in 1977, he started Ron’s Trenching. He retired from his business in 2011. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Winnebago, serving on numerous boards and committees; he spent 20 years on the Winnebago Fire Department, 11 years on the Winnebago Ambulance and was a charter member of Motofest, serving for more than 25 years, and was inducted into the Motofest Hall of Fame in 2012.

He is survived by his spouse, Charlotte Osborn of Winnebago; his son, Brian (Deb) Osborn of Forest Lake; his son, Bruce (Kristi) Osborn of Mayer; his son, Brad (Lesly) Osborn of Inver Grove Heights; his daughter, Brenda (John) Pihart of Rochester; his son, Bret (Rhonda) Osborn of Winnebago; his son, Luis (Dorys) Gimenez of Asuncion, Paraguay; his brother, Clair Schmidt of Winnebago; his brother, Bill (Edith) Osborn of Winnebago; his sister, Juanita Hopp of Winnebago; his sister, Carrie (Brian) Jacobsen of Winnebago; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Carl and Lora Ritter; brothers, Walter, Richard Wayne, Lewis; and granddaughter, Samantha Osborn.