Robert “Bob” Burton Osborn, 1940–2019

Robert “Bob” Burton Osborn

Robert “Bob” Burton Osborn died at home on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in Minden, Nev. Bob was born Oct. 3, 1940 in Lindsay, Calif. He attended Lindsay schools and graduated from Lindsay High School in 1958.  Bob began his career as a mechanic at the Flying A station in Lindsay which he eventually owned. He had the opportunity to purchase Owings Auto Parts in Lindsay which he renamed Lindsay Auto Supply. He eventually opened an adjacent sporting goods store. It was very common for Bob to get calls from farmers needing parts in the early hours of the morning, he was always willing to help. If you needed breakfast in the morning or a snack during the day you could always count on Bob to have freshly popped popcorn, hot coffee and ice-cold sodas available. Bob sold Lindsay Auto Supply and retired to Minden, Nev. with his wife Merry in July of 1997.  

He was an avid gun collector, a family man, and a devoted friend. He loved a good buttery Danish, ice cold beer, Keno, appetizers as a meal and he could tell a corny joke like no other. He dispensed stories and advice freely. He taught his daughters and his grandkids how to shoot, how to change a tire and check their oil. He traveled the world with Merry, their longest cruise being 72 days. He always was known for his orneriness and it wasn’t unusual to hear Merry shout “Robert” trying to keep him in line.  One of his favorite activities was taking his grandchildren to get donuts or ice cream.

He was preceded in death by his father Louis Burton Osborn, mother Elva Vivian Osborn and two sisters Barbara Joline Smith and Cheryl Ann Cairns. He is survived by his loving wife Merry; his daughters Alicia Sundstrom, and her husband Larry Park, Robin Osborn, Wendy Orm, and her husband Brent; daughters Jodi Munoz, Leslie McLaughlin and her husband Sean; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Dad we wish you your favorite cold beer, buttery Danish, all the appetizers you can eat, no crowds at the range and winning Keno numbers.

At his request, there will be no service or official gathering. The family requests that you toast him with a cold beer and remember all the best moments. Donations can be made in Bob’s honor to The Shriners Hospitals for Children, Atten: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL  33607.

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