Dick Osbon Jr., 76

Richard H. (Dick) Osbon Jr., age 76, of Colon, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Community Health Center of Branch County.

Dick was born Oct. 13, 1933, in Sturgis, a son of the late Richard H. and Dorotha D. (Slagle) Osbon Sr.

Dick had spent all of his life in the St Joseph County area except for the time he spent in the Military. He graduated from Sturgis High School.

Dick served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years retiring in 1972.He had served during the Korean and Vietnam wars and had received among other honors two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He was an active member of the Colon American Legion Post #454 where he had served as commander and was a member of the Colon Masonic Lodge #73 where he had served as Grand Master. He enjoyed fishing and playing pinochle.

He is survived by two daughters, Barb Osbon of Orion, Mich., and Patty (Jim) Miller of Colon; one granddaughter, Carly Miller of Colon; two sisters, Jean (Ray) Rynberg of Cedar Springs, and Roberta Drake of Colon; a brother, Delmar (Kathy) Gieber of Three Rivers; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Sheridan Osbon in 1980.

There will be no visitation, cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Dick Osbon will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon with, Mr. David J. Farrell officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will follow at Sherwood Cemetery with military honors conferred by the Colon American Legion Post #454.

If desired, the family suggest memorials be made in memory of Dick to either the Colon American Legion or Colon Masonic Lodge. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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