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Kenneth Max Osborn

Monday, April 23, 2007

Kenneth Max Osborn, 84, of Indianapolis, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis.

He was born in Bloomfield on Sept. 12, 1922 to Willard T. and Blanche D. (Lyons) Osborn.

He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1938. He played basketball and football at Bloomfield and was recognized as an All-State player in both sports. He helped his team to a Wabash Valley and White River Conference championship in football. He shot the game winning shot in double overtime to out Switz City in the 1940 basketball tournament. He was selected in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle.

After graduation, he attended Indiana University and had played football during the 1940 season. He later attended Oklahoma A & M University for training during the war.

He married Mary Leone (Hendrixson) Osborn on March 27, 1943 in North Augusta, S.C. Before she passed away in August 2006, they had celebrated 63 years of marriage.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 171st Battalion in Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a member of the WWII Round Table and a 60-year member of Christian Tabernacle Church, and had served as an usher and bus driver for many years.

Early in his career he had worked for Polk, Shaeffer, and Borden Dairy Companies in Indianapolis. He was a salesman for Life of Virginia Insurance Company and had worked for Harts Auto Parts in Counter Sales and Radiator Repair for 17 years.

Surviving are his children, Judith Clark of Naples, Fla., Kenneth (Sande) Osborn of Gulf Shores, Ala., Linda (Ken) Rash of Indianapolis, Donna (Gordon) Gillespie of Shelbyville, Randall (Jane) Osborn of Robertsdale, Ala., Gail (Lloyd) Dean of Crawfordville, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, an infant son, Richard Earl Osborn, and two sisters, Dorothy Group and Lucille Starkey. Visitation was held Sunday at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Christian Tabernacle Church in Indianapolis. Burial will follow at Washington Park East Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to erleweinmortuary@aol.com.