D. Lee Osborn

Born: Thu., Oct. 4, 1934
Died: Thu., Oct. 20, 2016

Cremation was accorded - Memorial Visitation

Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home


2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 23, 2016
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Donald Lee Osborn, 82, of Ursa, Illinois, died at 7:43 p.m. Thursday (October 20, 2016) in Good Samaritan Home.

   Born October 4, 1934 in Peoria, Illinois, Lee was the son of William and Ellen Gorman Osborn.

   Mr. Osborn served his country in the U. S. Navy  during the Korean War.

   Lee was a graduate of Rock Island High School where he ran track and played football. Lee was the Quarterback for the St. Ambrose College and Augustana College football teams while attending classes there and was offered a contract to play for the St. Louis Football Cardinals, but opted to begin his career in Parks and Recreation.  He earned his Bachelor's Degree at Augustana College and his Master's Degree from Texas Tech University and became the Executive Director of Park Districts in Troy, Michigan, Princeton, Illinois and Rockford, Illinois before moving to Quincy in 1979 as the Executive Director of the Quincy Park District for 9 years.  Lee continued his career in Lubbock, Texas and then in Alton, Illinois until his retirement in 1996.

   In 2000, Lee moved back to the Quincy area and became a subsitute teacher, bus driver and coach of the golf and track programs at Unity High School in Mendon.  From 2007 to 2009, he was the coach of the John Wood Community College Golf Team and was a golf instructor for the college's non credit classes.  In 2010, Lee moved to Quincy University where he became the first head coach of the men's and women's Cross Country Teams, a position he held until 2014 and served as assistant coach in 2015.  

   An avid sportsman, golfer and Die Hard Cubs Fan, Lee was a volunteer basketball scorekeeper for many years at John Wood Community College and Quincy University and was a member and served on the Board of Directors of the Mart Heinen Booster Club at Q. U.

   Survivors include two daughers, Sheryl Kelsall (Barton) of Quincy and Christy Mayfield of Acworth, GA; five grandchildren, Marisa Kelsall, Brandon Kelsall, Matthew Mayfield (Rachel), Shelby Mayfield and Sofia Mayfield; a great granddaughter due in December; a sister, Mary Ellen Kent of Peoria, IL; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Lee was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bill Osborn and Jack Osborn; a sister in law, Betty Osborn; and a brother in law, Ollie Kent.

   Cremation has been accorded to Lee.  A memorial visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 7:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy.
Private inurnment will be in the New Providence Cemetery in Ursa.

   Memorials may be made to the Quincy University Track and Cross Country Programs.

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Richard Heitholt
   Posted Fri October 21, 2016
My sincere condolences. I always enjoyed Lee's enthusiasm for life and especially the times with him on the golf course. We know you will have a front row seat as you cheer for the Cubs. Best wishes and God's Blessings to Lee's loving family and friends.

Dick & Pat Wentura
   Posted Sat October 22, 2016
Dear Osborn Family,
What a terrific loss for our Quincy community. Lee was such a supporter of our city. He was a true gentleman and a great friend. We shall miss his presence at the Quincy University activities.
Please know we are thinking of you and remembering a good man, Lee!
Dick & Pat Wentura

Albert R Cunningham
   Posted Sat October 22, 2016
Christy, we are so sorry for your loss.

   Posted Sat October 22, 2016

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by David Cunningham .

Lowell and Vickie Glas
   Posted Sun October 23, 2016
Christie & Cheryl, so sorry to learn of your dads passing. Sorry we couldn't be there tonight. Lee was a great guy, I enjoyed our early morning golfing before work! He'll be long remembered for his positive outlook and enthusiasm for any of his undertakings. And greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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