Kenneth Archie Osborne
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Kenneth A. Osborne, 79, Greenville, formerly of Plainfield and Nekoosa, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born February 20, 1934, in Cazenovia, WI, son of Archie and Della (Markin) Osborne. He and his family lived on a farm in a gorgeous valley with high ridges and natural springs. He attended Richland County Schools. Kenneth moved to Crown Point, Indiana when 16 and graduated from Crown Point High School in May of 1953.
Ken was passionate about anything related to cars. While in Indiana, he raced cars and won many trophies. He was always repairing or restoring something with a motor. He religiously watched car racing on television and attended live races. He became interested in Nash cars, specifically the Metropolitan and he and his wife, Mima, were active members in the car club the "Met Set" -driving their pearl white and blue and white Mets to many events.
Ken's professional life was primarily in the newspaper field. He began as a type-setter at the local "Star" paper in Crown Point, Indiana. His career took him to the Daily Tribune in Wisconsin Rapids, wherein he was production manager until retirement. He kept very up to date with new computer and photographic technology that changed the way newspapers were created, but he still managed to do things the "old way" by also helping out with a local paper in Pittsville, that had traditional type-setting. He also was an independent consultant with his wife with Koscot cosmetics and ran his own monument business with Winona Monuments, selling and installing grave markers and stones. While living in Nekoosa, he bought house plans and with occasional help from an electrician or plumber independently built a beautiful home on the edge of town surrounded by trees and four acres. Ken's adventurous spirit also led him to buy & trade antiques and travel the state to local flea markets, with his family by his side. He spent many hours remodeling a lake home in Plainfield. Long Lake was a special place for family and friends to visit. He attended as many of his own children's and grandchildren events as he could and was always so proud of their accomplishments. He was always searching for the perfect BBQ ribs and ring bologna. He was a loyal breakfast customer at Patty's Restaurant, Hortonville, because she catered to his very specific orders and became friends with both Ken and Mima. He was a very intelligent and creative man. He had a dry, pointed wit and sense of humor. Family and friends meant a great deal to him.
Ken married Mima Thayer on June 25, 1960, and they were blessed with 52 years of marriage prior to her recent passing on December 11, 2012. He is survived by his children: Joe (significant other Laura Mumfer) Osborne, Nekoosa; Jack (significant other Debbie Kelly) Gagan, Chicago, IL; Jan (Tim) Bump, Winneconne; Julie (David) Osborne-Hurley, Appleton; daughter-in-laws: Ellen, Jennifer, and Pam; eight grandchildren: Kristyn, Hannah, Samuel, Madeline, Lauren, Zoe, Tess, and Lily; a sister: Garnet Bayse, Janesville; sister-in-law: Bernice Osborne, Richland Center; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, Kenneth was also preceded in death by two sisters; a brother; first wife: Toma; and a son-in-law: Greg Patek.
Due to the recent memorial for Mima, and his wishes not to have a church service, an event to honor Ken will be planned sometime in warmer weather, likely related to something automotive.
Thank you to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, special neighbors and friends, Dr. Price and staff at Affinity in Greenvile and ThedaCare at Home Hospice for their compassionate and kind care.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from Mar. 26 to Mar. 31, 2013