William Osborne

Born in Cedar Rapids, IA
Born on Feb 21, 1934
Departed on Sep 21, 2021

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William D. Osborne, Age 87, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away at his home on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

William (Bill) was born on February 21, 1934 in Cedar Rapids, IA to Dean and Ada (Gruwell) Osborne.  He honorably served in the US Army in 1955 - 1957 as active Military Police.  While being stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, VA, he met and married his wife, Charla Dee Thorpe, in Washington DC.  After leaving the Army, Bill and Char returned to Cedar Rapids where he would start his career in the insurance industry and where they raised two daughters, Catherine and Caroline, and one son, Wade.  Bill worked in the insurance field for 40 years, with the majority of his career at Millhiser-Smith Insurance, where he eventually served as president of the agency.  

Bill had a keen interest in many sports, but his biggest passion was the game of golf.  He was an active member at Elmcrest Country Club and played on multiple golf leagues over the years.  Upon retirement he was able to play 5+ times a week on multiple organized teams here in Iowa and in Florida.  One of his proudest moments was when his team, led by PGA pro Bill Glasson, won the pro-am trophy at the Kemper Open at Congressional CC in Washington DC.  In addition to sports, he was also very active in the church and his community, serving in multiple roles including leadership roles with the Independent Insurance Agents, a 16-year member of the Cedar Rapids Rotary Club, board member for St. Luke’s Hospital Health Care Foundation, committee member for the United Way’s Campfire Girls, and avid volunteer at the church.  Bill was known for his quick wit, his ability to mentor others, and his general positive outlook on life.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Olivia Knight.  He is survived by his wife, Char, his three children, Catherine Osborne of Cedar Rapids, IA, Caroline Osborne, of Columbia Heights, MN, and Wade Osborne, of Seattle, WA, his grandchildren Haley (Hofmaster) Pearson, Tanner Engh, Cole Osborne, and Kate Osborne, and his sisters Ada Merle Albaugh and Sylvia Naibert.  

A funeral service will be held Friday, September 24, 2021, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m.  Casual attire. A livestream of the service can be found on the Cedar Memorial website under the obituary for Bill under the video tab starting on Friday, September 24 at 11 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Covenant Bible Church, North Center Point Road, Cedar Rapids, IA.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Mercy and The Caregivers of Marion for all the love and support they showed Bill while he was in their care.