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Allen L. Osborn

July 10, 1942 — August 9, 2023

Pittsburg, Missouri

Allen L. Osborn

Allen Loren Osborn was born July 10, 1942, in Smith Center, Kansas, the second child to Roy E. and Emma Mae (Kerr) Osborn. Allen spent most of his childhood in Archie, Missouri where he graduated from Archie High in 1960.  In school he was an accomplished athlete and even more accomplished at mischievous activities with his many friends. 

Immediately following graduation, he married Patricia Hess and very proudly became the father to Todd and Tricia. He began his careers at Hallmark Cards but he was best known for his meat cutting skills and customer service as owner of Archie Meats Incorporated.  He also served his community as a member of the Archie R-5 school board and was a member of the Archie United Methodist Church.  Allen was an avid sports fan and was frequently seen cheering on the Archie Whirlwinds at any sporting event his schedule allowed. 

On August 10, 1984, Allen married Frances Kay, the love of his life, his primary focus and his best friend.  They spent the next 39 years watching their blended family grow from five children to a family of over 50 people when everyone gathered together.  Their home was always full of love, laughter, and great food.  No one ever left without a full belly or without knowing how much they were loved.  Family was everything to him. 

Allen and Kay moved to Allenspark Colorado in 1984 and opened Rockledge Resort and Restaurant welcoming family and friends frequently as guests or squatters.  In the off season, Al secured employment at Estes Park Medical Center as a maintenance supervisor and launched his third career.  He was promoted to Director of Maintenance and held that position until he and Kay moved back to Missouri in 1994, not wanting to miss the arrival of any grandchildren and to be closer to their aging parents.  Not long after getting back home, he became the Director of Plant Operations at Bishop Spencer Place Retirement Community from where he tried to retire in 2007 but was lured back to consult until 2009. 

In retirement, when he wasn’t doting on and spoiling his wife, Allen enjoyed following the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs but by far his favorite team was the one that any of his grandchildren were involved in.  He was also quite fond of classic cars, especially the 55 Chevy that he referred to as the double nickel.  Allen also was a very accomplished gardener, canning many of his home-grown vegetables with Kay. He kept many ferns and poinsettias alive beyond their presumed life expectancy. Al was also a skilled wood worker.  He hand-made five baby cradles, one for each of he and Kay’s children.

Of all his varied interests and hobbies, the most notable would be his absolute passion for and adoration of his many beloved animals.  There are no words to describe the joy Allen experienced from all these fortunate creatures.  Julio, Rocky, Pebbles, Mr. C., Poco and Suzie will be waiting.  Tom, Bruiser and Ellie May will miss him and his shameless spoiling and constant generous distribution of treats. 

Allen is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Emma May Osborn, in-laws Frank and Darlene Stokes, his older brother Carl, nieces Carla, Kim and Ashley.  He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Frances Kay Osborn (Stokes) Pittsburg, MO, siblings Connie Smith, Randy Osborn (Joyce), and Eilene Osborn, children Todd Osborn (Christy), Tricia Burton (Lyle), Adrian, MO, Robin Bobinmyer (Chuck), Pittsburg, MO, Jennifer Leeth, Kansas City, MO, Vincent Leeth (Amy), Kansas City, MO, Gary Hall Sr., Archie, MO, 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  He was also beloved and will be missed by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, and local retail clerks. 

Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2023 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with internment at Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri.

Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2023 at Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wayside Waifs and send in care of Dickey Funeral Home, PO Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701. 

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