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Jessie James Osborn, 79, of Poneto, passed away at 2 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born in Wells County on June 19, 1933, to the late Charles Curtis and Beulah Belle (Folk) Osborn.
Jessie graduated from P.A. Allen High School in Bluffton with the class of 1953. He served our country in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 and was honorably discharged as a CP-1. In the service, he worked in the mail room in the summertime and in the furnace room to keep the barracks warm in the winter.
On November 25, 1955, at the Liberty Center Methodist Church, he married Sharon M. (Speece) Osborn. They have shared almost 57 years of marriage together.
Jessie retired from General Motors as a factory press operator after 37 years of working from April 17, 1957 to October 1, 1994. In 1957, he became a member of the Poneto United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and bowled in the church league. As a trustee, he served on the committee for the installation of the elevator in the church. He also bowled for George Atkinson’s Co-op Gas & Oil Team for 30 years.
Jessie was one of the first members to help start the Poneto Fire Department in 1957 and served on the Poneto Town Board.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Poneto; children, Kimberly (Darrel) Ehlerding of Decatur, Kelli (Steve) Rush of Poneto, and Kathryn Osborn of Bluffton; seven grandchildren, Jamie (husband, Randy Jacob) Miller of Decatur, Jeremy Ehlerding of Indianapolis, Justin (Kristy) Ehlerding of Convoy, Ohio, Jared Ehlerding of Decatur, Adam Rush of Poneto, Aaron (Katie) Rush of Craigville and Lucinda Rush of Poneto; five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathon and Jordan Miller, all of Decatur, and Emma and Jase Ehlerding both of Convoy, Ohio; sister, Betty Mayer of Swiss Village Retirement Center in Berne; twin sister, Bessie Oliver of Bluffton; sister-in-law, Naomi Osborn of Fort Wayne, and brother-in-law, Robert (Martha) Speece Davis of Wauseon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by eight brothers, William Marion Osborn, Harold Dwight Osborn, Dale Alford Osborn, Jay Osborn, Clifford Osborn, Max Osborn, Charles Curtis Osborn, Jr., and Paul Osborn; three sisters, Ida (Osborn) Hankins, Mary A.(Osborn) Perry and Martha B. (Osborn) Zimmerman; and granddaughter, Jana Ehlerding.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, also at the funeral home, with calling one hour prior to the service. Pastor Roy Nevil will officiate. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.
Military graveside honors will be performed by American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton and the United States Army Honor Guard.
Preferred memorials in Jessie’s memory are to Family Life Care of Berne or to the Poneto United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.