Ralph Sherman Osenbaugh, 75 of Cedar Rapids died Friday November 15, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Funeral Services at 11:00 AM on Saturday at First Assembly of God. Rev. Rick Gail will officiate. Burial with military rites at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4 to 8 PM on Friday.
Survivors include his wife, Karen, a son Mark of Marion, daughter Amy (Corey) Brinkmeyer, two grandchildren Mitchell and Graham Brinkmeyer all of Cedar Rapids, a niece Laurie Campbell and two nephews Matt and Jeff Osenbaugh all of Hutchinson, Kansas. He is also survived by his Cedar Family, many friends, and his dog Pippa. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
Ralph was born on August 5, 1944 in Sterling, Kansas the son of Troy and Helen (Bunn) Osenbaugh. After graduating from high school and mortuary school he served in the American Army Division in Chu Li, Vietnam. He was in charge of graves registration from 1967 to 1968.
He married Karen L. Olson on September 10, 1967 in Wichita, Kansas. Ralph was a funeral director for over 50 years. He worked in funeral homes in Kansas, Colorado and later at Cedar Memorial where he retired in 2010 after 31 years of service. He later was a part time driver for Dental Prosthetic Service for two years.
Ralph was a member of First Assembly of God, VFW Post 788, Marion American Legion Post 298, the Hawkeye Fly Tyers, and was instrumental and the founder of Quilts of Valor in Linn County.
Ralph enjoyed traveling with his wife Karen throughout the United States and watching his son Mark compete in pool tournaments. They especially enjoyed their trip to Alaska and yearly trips to Branson, Missouri. He was an avid fisherman and did so from Alaska to Branson.
Ralph will forever be remembered as a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations may be given to Quilts of Valor/ Freedom Stitchers.