Gordon N. Osby
Gordon N. Osby, 79, of Kanawha, passed away, Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.
Gordon, the son of Edmund and Margaret (Williamson) Osby, was born June 7, 1926 and was a life-long resident of Kanawha. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17, and learned the trade of diesel machinist. Following his discharge in 1945, Gordon was employed by E.H. Nelson International Implement, and then local John Deere dealerships.
On June 3, 1951 Gordon married Lucille Anderson at the Kanawha Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Kanawha and were blessed with three children.
Gordon loved spending time with his family and friends. He and Lucille were quite the team bowling and dancing. In retirement, Gordon enjoyed gardening and golfing.
Gordon was a member of the Kanawha Lutheran Church, the Kanawha American Legion, VFW and the Kanawha volunteer fireman.
Gordon is survived by his devoted wife Lucille of Kanawha; children Gary and wife, Terry of Atlantic, Cheryl Rietema and husband, Dennis of Hanford, California, James and wife, Lisa of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren: Marc (Kelly), Joel, Kristy (Aaron), Kyle, Natalie, Collin, Christian; four great-grandsons; sister, Lois Goeman and husband, Don of Belmond, brother, Eugene Osby of Des Moines, brother, Paul Osby of Council Bluffs, sister, Marlys Wicks and husband Larry of Kanawha; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters-in-law: Betty Osby and Beverly Osby.