Glenn S. "Tiny" Osborn
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October 28, 1930 - November 24, 2013
Glenn Sylvester "Tiny" Osborn, 83, of Wilder, Idaho, died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at his home. Glenn was born October 28, 1930 to Dale and Sallie Osborn in Dora, Missouri and was a young boy when his parents moved to Wilder, Idaho. There he started first grade and graduated in 1950.
In 1956 Glenn married Shirley Carr and they resided around Wilder their whole married life.
Glenn worked for Taylor Gas Station and when he was 21 the town council asked him his age and weight, Glenn replied, "I'm 21 years old, my weight is 340 pounds." The City Council told him, "Well, you're pretty young but your weight makes up for it. You're the new Wilder City Marshall." That is how Glenn got the nickname "Tiny". Years later, he went on to become Wilder's Superintendent of Public Works and retired from there after many years of service.
Glenn joined the Wilder Fire Department in his twenties, later becoming the fire chief. He retired from the fire department after being the fire chief for 30 years. He remained with the fire department until his health prevented him from attending the meetings but he enjoyed his time there and loved all the firefighters.
Glenn joined the I.O.O.F Lodge at Wilder in 1953. From 1984-1985 he served as Noble Grand and in 1987-1988 as the Grand Master for the State of Idaho. He also joined the Rebekah Lodge at Wider. He loved to attend the meetings at the lodge. Every year on Shirley and his nephew Arnold's birthday, which were only a day apart, Glenn would try and get Frank and his brother to visit the lodge and play music and sing for everyone. Glenn loved Frank's music.
Because of his love for the community, Glenn helped to start a museum in Wilder where he spent much of his time and was extremely proud of. Into his later years he spent time helping whoever needed it in that area. His niece would call and say, "Glenn, I have a person in the library who needs to find out about one of their loved ones from long ago." Susan would give the phone to the visitor and Glenn would tell them what they needed to know.
Glenn and Shirley loved to travel. They would make a trip to Missouri every few years and they had a place in Sandpoint, Idaho, where they spent most of their summers.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Shirley, his close nieces, Cecil Lovern Simpson, Susan Waldemer, Judy Durbin and nephew, Charles Smallwood, which were his sister's children. He is also survived by many more nieces, nephews and cousins, his sister in law, Pat Carr and brother in law, Robert Carr, nieces Aberta Nordberg in Alaska; Jean Carr-Jellison in Caldwell.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, T.A. Osborn, Oliver Dale "Buster" Osborn and Edward George Osborn and sister, Ethel Marie (Osborn) Smallwood Collins.
Viewing for Glenn will be held from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, with funeral services following at 1:00 PM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Burial will follow at the Wilder Cemetery, Wilder, ID. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Wilder Fire Department or the Wilder Public Library (PO Box 128, Wilder, ID, 83676) or Wilder Museum (PO Box 545, Wilder, ID 83676). Condolences may be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Nov. 26, 2013