1917 - February 15, 2010
Kenneth Osborn, 92, of Craig, died Feb. 15, 2010, at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab Center.
He was born to Charlie and Effie Osborn on April 5, 1917, at the family ranch on Deer Creek. Kenneth was one of nine children.
On Aug. 3, 1940, he married Julia Juanita (Judy) Pollo, who he met when she taught at the Morapos School. They moved to their own ranch on Morapos Creek, just over the hill from Kenneth’s childhood home. They raised Hereford cattle.
In later years, Kenneth also ran a hunting guide and an outfitter service. From this marriage, four children were born.
The marriage eventually ended in divorce, and Kenneth married Mary Dering. They lived on the Morapos Creek ranch during the summers, spending winters away.
They lived in Tucson, Ariz., for several winters and then at their home in Parachute. After Mary’s death, Kenneth moved to Battlement Mesa for a short time. Eventually he moved to The Haven in Hayden, where he could be closer to his children.
Kenneth was active in 4-H club work, volunteering his time as a leader of the Hamilton Busy Beavers Club and during the Moffat County Fair as a superintendent and assistant director of market beef. He worked the ring during the Junior Livestock Sale for many years. He was there when his children exhibited at the National Western Stock Show and the Golden Spike Show in Ogden.
Kenneth chaired the first meeting of the Moffat County 4-H Foundation and became the organization’s first president. He served on the foundation in an honorary capacity until his death. He also was a member of the Moffat County Soil Conservation Service, Moffat County and Colorado Cattlemen, Colorado Outfitters, Elks, and the Congregational Church.
Kenneth helped set up the first United Way in Craig.
Kenneth enjoyed getting up early in the morning to write letters to people. He wrote a series of books about his life, which he self-published. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and playing the organ, harmonica and accordion.
Kenneth loved to talk cattle and reminisce about his beloved childhood home.
Kenneth was a person of strong principles, believing in hard work, “punctuality,” honesty, and a positive attitude.
However, through all of the hard work, he managed to have a sense of humor. He could be heard singing or whistling as he worked. Kenneth also took time to appreciate the beauty of nature. He was a true steward of the land.
Most of all, he was a good father.
Kenneth is survived by a son, Duane Osborn, of Hamilton; three daughters and their husbands, Diane and Lyle Prather, of Craig, Darlene and Miner Blackford, of Rocky Ford, Charlotte and John Allum, of Fort Collins, and their six children and seven grandchildren; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Ruby and Bill Barnette, of Tucson, and Juanita and Bob Ruiz, of Northglenn, and their six children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Naomi Durham, of Axial Basin.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his parents; brothers Marion, Bill, Lowell, Everett, Floyd and Kermit; and a sister, Edith Ottens.
A private family celebration of life will be held at the ranch later on in the spring.
Donations in honor of Kenneth can be made to the Moffat County 4-H Foundation.