|Birth: ||May 17, 1962|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 2005|
Robert Wynn Osborn, 43, Kansas City, MO tragically lost his life on November 20, 2005. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2005 at Missouri Funeral Care, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the funeral home. Burial in Brooking Cemetery.
Robert was born May 17, 1962 in Kansas City, MO. He was a member of the Boy Scouts where he earned Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Raytown High School. While attending Purdue University, Robert was recommended to the Navy as a Pilot for Naval air-craft carriers.
Robert was a member of the Huguenot Society and the Sons of the American Revolution. He was very interested in Egyptology and traveled to the pyramids during the millennium celebration. Robert loved aviation and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Martha Osborn. Survivors include: father, Glen Osborn, KCMO; brothers, Richard Osborn, KCMO, Ronald Osborn, Lancaster, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Kim Osborn, Pleasant Hill, MO.
Cyclists ride in memory of victim
By James Dornbrook
The breath from dozens of bicycle enthusiasts filled the cold winter air early Sunday afternoon, but their hearts kept them warm with the appreciation and love they all shared for a man who was senselessly slain.
The group gathered for a vigil in the parking lot of the Hy-Vee grocery store at Noland Road and U.S. 40 in Independence, the place where Robert Osborn worked and rode his bike home on November 20, 2005. Osborn was shot in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun early that morning. He was found near the corner of Woodside and 47th Street in Kansas City.
Police charged Raphael Willis, 19, and Fabian Brown, Jr., 20, for the crime. There was no apparent motivation for murder.
Ron Osborn, the victim's brother, said the vigil was organized to celebrate Robert's life and to remember the things he cared about.
During a memorial bicycle ride Sunday, cyclists stop to look over the spot where Robert Osborn was killed. Osborn was shot to death while riding his bike home from work.
"Robert was an avid bicyclist. He loved it. He had a car, but he rode his bike to work every day because he liked to save gasoline and help the environment. He also liked the health benefits," Ron Osborn said. "The family is extremely appreciative of all the bikers who came down here today to show their support for the things my brother loved."
People attending the event included members of the Missouri Bike Federation, the Greater Kansas City Bike Federation, the Johnson County, Kan. Bike Club and the Earth Riders, which is a mountain bike group with members all over Jackson County. The group rode their bikes along the route Robert Osborn took between work and home almost every day.
"I didn't know Robert, but from what I've heard about him, I think I would have liked him," said Christy Lynne, president of the GKC Bike Federation. "There is nothing we could do to stop a senseless murder like what happened to Robert, but we can support each other and what he stood for. People on bikes are vulnerable and we need to work together to make things are better and safer."
Dr. Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle Federation, said it was chilling to think a murder like that could happen to anyone.
"The amount of harassment and danger to bicyclists is too high and we need to do something about it," Hugh said.
Cyclists climb a hill on 47th Street during the memorial ride, in which they followed the route Osborn normally took.
Paul Hoppman, manager of the Hy-Vee store at Noland Road and U.S. 40, said he couldn't think of a single reason why someone would want to kill Robert.
"He was a great person who everyone loved and he never hurt anybody," Hoppman said. "He always went out of his way to help others and make the world a better place to live in."
Hy-Vee helped the Osborn family get through a Thanksgiving filled with mourning and funeral arrangements by sending over a turkey dinner with all the sides. The family was very appreciative of the gesture and gave Hoppman a plaque of appreciation for the whole Hy-Vee family of employees. Hoppman said it would be displayed in a prominent location at the store.
GPS (lat/lon): 39.02825, -94.46085
Created by: Judi Wollenziehn
Record added: Dec 12, 2005
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