Jessie James Osborn, 79

Posted on November 12, 2012

Jessie James Osborn, 79, of Poneto passed away at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Jessie was born on June 19, 1933, in Wells County, Indiana to Charles Curtis Osborn and Beulah Belle Folk Osborn.  He 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 Nov.  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, working from April 17, 1957, to Oct. 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 for 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; his children, Kimberly (husband Darrel) Ehlerding of Decatur, Kelli (husband Steve) Rush of Poneto, and Kathryn Osborn of Bluffton; seven grandchildren,  Jamie (husband Randy Jacob) Miller of Decatur,  Jeremy Ehlerding of Indianapolis, Justin (wife Kristy) Ehlerding of Convoy, Ohio, Jared Ehlerding of Decatur, Adam Rush of Poneto, Aaron (wife Katie) Rush of Craigville, and Lucinda Rush of Poneto; and five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathon  and Jordan Miller, all of Decatur,  and Emma and Jase Ehlerding, both of Convoy, Ohio.
Other survivors include a sister, Betty Mayer of the Swiss Village Retirement Center in Berne; a twin sister, Bessie Oliver of Bluffton; a sister-in-law, Naomi Osborn of Fort Wayne; and a brother-in-law, Robert (wife Martha) Speece Davis of Wauseon, Ohio. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; 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 a granddaughter, Jana Ehlerding. 
Friends are invited to visit with the Osborn family from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the funeral home, with calling for one hour prior to the service. Pastor Roy Nevil will officiate for the services.  Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.  Military graveside honors will be preformed by members of American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton and the United States Army Honor Guard.  
Memorials may be made in Jessie’s memory to Family Life Care of Berne or to the Poneto United Methodist Church. Friends may send online condolences to the family at

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