|Birth: ||May 26, 1894|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1966|
The Sabbath Recorder, Vol 180, No 4, p 7, Jan. 24, 1966.
A tribute read by Rev. Alton L. Wheeler at the Verona New York, church, January 6, 1966.
A monument of human life and worth is unveiled. From the time that he answered the insistent calling of the still, small voice and left his jeweler's bench to enter
full-time ministry, Lester G. Osborn dedicated his life to carving a monument of service to others. The fruits of his labors are measured in the ranks of active pastors,
chaplains, missionaries, - and their wives; of teachers, doctors, and professors; of dedicated laymen and workers - all of whom felt and responded to his guidance through the
And now a career of devoted Christian endeavor comes full circle, for it was in this church, on July 2, 1927, that Lester G. Osborn was ordained to the ministry, and it was to this parish that Pastor Osborn chose to retire when his formal resignation was accepted in May 1965. This career covers so much more than a mere recital of dates and
places, important as these are in focusing attention, that it is difficult to place the emphasis needed.
Lester G. Osborn was first licensed to preach by his home church in Riverside, Calif., on May 19, 1923, and immediately embarked on his new venture with resolution and
enthusiasm. He assumed his first pastorate in Nile, N. Y., while still a seminary student, and continued his studies after moving to Verona in 1926.
Feeling the challenge to engage in special evangelistic work for the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, Pastor Osborn returned to Southern California in 1930, and at
the end of this duty became the pastor of the Los Angeles Seventh Day Baptist Church. In 1932 he moved to Nortonville, Kan., and it was there that his zeal for young people became most apparent. He is well remembered for leading spiritual singspirations of gospel choruses, and with his devoted wife of 48 years, directing parties and outings that helped fill a social gap of the times.
In 1940 he moved East again, this time to Shiloh, N. J. It was in this pastorate that he developed a lifelong interest and talent for a radio ministry - a ministry that
reached and influenced countless souls. From 1951 until 1957 Pastor Osborn served the Ashaway, R. I., church, and at the same time gave active leadership within the Missionary Society's Board of Managers in Westerly, once again proving his devotion to the gospel ministry in a different application.
Partly because of his interest in the Missionary Board's denominational program, he accepted the call of the church in Schenectady, where he worked until his retirement in
May of last year. Retirement was not a way of life for Pastor Osborn, however, as he considered it to be only a word. He transferred his zeal to his new/old surroundings in Oneida and the Verona parish and gave unstintingly of his time, talents, and energy that Christ's name might continue to be glorified.
Pastor Osborn was always greatly interested in the development and program of the entire Seventh Day Baptist denomination, and served four years as a member of the
Commission of the General Conference. In 1954 he was elected president of the national body.
His many interests were varied, and he enjoyed life to its fullest extent, but was ever happiest when he was working the hardest for his Master and Savior. At his
typewriter when he was taken, Pastor Osborn was preparing a sermon entitled 'What a Change.' It was prefaced with the words from John 5: 24 - 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me ... is passed from death to life.
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Glen Eugene Osborn (1870 - 1951)
Bertha May Brown Osborn (1873 - 1940)
Grace Ethel Muncy Osborn (1894 - 1987)*
Kent Eugene Osborn (1923 - 1991)*
Paul Brice Osborn (1928 - 1995)*
Marilyn Lois Osborn Davis (1932 - 1997)*
Lester Glen Osborn (1894 - 1966)
Maleta Lucile Osborn Curtis (1898 - 1991)*
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