He was born on Dec. 20, 1934, in Homer, La., to Herbert E. and Emma Ethel Vasser Osburn. He was raised and attended school in Parsons.
After high school, he served in the Army.
He married Judith M. Mathis on Jan. 28, 1961, in Parsons. She survives of the home.
He retired from Lawrence Paper Co. in 1998 after 20 years as a machine operator.
He attended Fellowship Baptist Church and was a lifetime member of the VFW and past president. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, playing chess, reading and watching KU, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.
Other survivors include four sons, William E. Osburn and his wife, Nikola, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Charles L. Osburn of Lecompton and Robert F. Osburn and Jonathan G. Osburn, both of Lawrence; a brother, Ralph G. Osburn of Lawrence; six grandchildren, Milissa Barnes, Jonathan Osburn, Kirsten Heffner, Amanda Osburn, Renae Schmid and Ryan Osburn; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Barnes and Peyton Barnes; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Aaron D. Osburn; three brothers, Edward Osburn, Richard Osburn and James Osburn; and a sister, Margaret Dickens.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, 66044. Burial will be in Clinton Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials are suggested to Fellowship Baptist Church and can be left at or sent to the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.rumsey-yost.com.