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Robert Rebstock "Bob" Osborne
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1904
Kansas, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 2001
Johnson County
Kansas, USA

Robert Osborne
Robert R. Osborne, 97, Olathe business executive and philanthropist, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Olathe Medical Center. He was born in 1904 near DeSoto. He left the farm to become a banker in Olathe in the 1920s. He served as president of Patrons Bank in Olathe (now Bank of America) from 1959 to 1969. He served as a member of that board from 1937 to 1990 and was the chairman from 1968 through 1979. He was president and board member of Mission State Bank from 1944 to 1958. He was an incorporator of Roeland Park State Bank (now Mercantile Bank) and a board member of State Bank of Stanley for many years. In 1973, he was the recipient of the Baker University Award of Appreciation as a member of the President's Club. He received the Baker University Distinguished Service Award in 1979. In 1979, he contributed $250,000 to establish the Robert Rebstock and Clarice Dicken Osborne Endowed Chair in Religious Studies. In 1995, he gave a $1 million gift to Baker for the relocation and reconstruction of a 132-year-old Sproxton, England, Methodist chapel on the Baker campus. The chapel is named the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel, in memory of Osborne's late wife. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe. Mr. Osborne provided the original acreage for the MidAmerica Nazarene College (now MidAmerica Nazarene University) in Olathe. In 1972, he was the recipient of the Quadrennial Award for Education from the Church of the Nazarene and MidAmerica Nazarene College. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the college in 1977. The R.R. Osborne Administration Building was named in his honor in 1986. He was a member of the Board of Regents of Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Mo., for eight years. He was a member of Rockhurst Honorary Director's Association from 1958 to 2001. He was associated with the Olathe Medical Center since its inception in 1952. The R.R. Osborne Conference Center was named in his honor. He was a member of the Olathe Hospital Foundation Inc. He served on the Hospital Board of Trustees from 1953 to 1973 and served as building committee chairman, treasurer and chairman of the finance committee for 13 years. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Olathe Health Foundation/Olathe Medical Center Humanitarian Award. He was the recipient of the American Cancer Society Excalibur Award and was an active proponent of the American Heart Association. He received the "Friends of Children" award from the Kansas Association of Licensed Private Child Care Agencies in 1994 through nomination by Temporary Lodging for Children in Olathe. He was the primary reason two new homes were built for Temporary Lodging for Children in 1993. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Olathe Good Samaritan Center Award for Dedication and Service to Olathe and its citizens through continued support of the ministry of the Olathe Good Samaritan Center. He was a member of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce for more than 72 years. In 1967, he was named "Mr. Olathe" by the chamber for his personal service and leadership. He received the "1996 Citizen of the Year Award" and the "Lifetime Achievement Award" in January 1997. Mr. Osborne was the recipient of the 1958 city of Mission, Kan., Award of "Evidence of foresight, planning and outstanding achievement in the growth and development of the city of Mission." In 1984, he was the recipient of the John T. Barton Award from the city of Olathe for his service to the community. He was the recipient in 1995 of the Olathe Community Pride Award presented by the city of Olathe for appreciation for his role in the development of an outstanding image for the Olathe community. In 1995, he contributed $350,000 to Olathe District Schools for the renovation project of the former John P. St. John High School Auditorium named the R.R. Osborne Performing Arts Center when completed in 1996. He was the 1996 recipient of the Service to Mankind Award presented by the Olathe Pioneer Sertoma Club. He was also honored in 1996 with the Johnson County's Community Services Milton E. Erickson Citizen of the Year Award for volunteer leadership and dedication in the field of human services. He was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy in 1997. He also was a member of the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy. In 1997, he was awarded the Stanley S. Kresge Award for Philanthropy from the United Methodist Foundation for Christian Higher Education. He was the recipient of the 1998 Friends of Education Community Leader Award of Excellence presented by The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. Mr. Osborne contributed $700,000 to the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Foundation and Olathe Historical Society to be used toward construction of the proposed Mahaffie Visitor Center/Olathe Historical Society Museum in Olathe. He was honored as a 75-year member by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Kansas in October 1999 when the Olathe Masonic Lodge celebrated its 140th anniversary. He was a member of Olathe Lodge AF&AM. He also was a strong supporter of the Olathe Salvation Army, the Salvation Army's Johnson County Family Lodge program, the Olathe Project Graduation Foundation, Heart to Heart International, the Johnson County YMCA, the Olathe Art Alliance, Cedar House Inc., Safe Homes Inc., Catholic Charities and many more. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Olathe Rotary Club, and was a member of Rotary International since 1959. A strong supporter of youth, he was the recipient of the America Award as Guardian of Scouting; the Service Award from the Girl Scouts of America; and the Silver Medallion Award from the Kansas 4-H Foundation. He was the 1963 recipient of the Soil Conservation Banker Award in Johnson County. He farmed throughout his professional life. He is credited with attracting the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Control Center and the Delco Battery plant (now Delphi) to the city of Olathe, enterprises that have provided hundreds of jobs over the years. He was the former 50-year owner of the R.R. Osborne Insurance Agency and served as president and director of numerous corporations. His recent interests included support of the Kansas Educational Foundation Deaf Culture Center. He also was a member of the Friends of the Olathe Public Library and Friends of the Johnson County Museum. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Clarice L. Osborne, on Dec. 11, 1990. Survivors include two nieces, Esther E. Ellis, DeSoto, and Helen A. Osborne, Olathe; and one nephew, Donald V. Osborne, Overland Park. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, 115th Street and Ridgeview Road in Olathe. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Olathe. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Building Fund, Olathe, or Olathe Medical Center Hospice.

Family links: 
  Daniel Thomas Osborne (1858 - 1932)
  Rose Ellen Rebstock Osborne (1860 - 1956)
  Clarice Leora Dicken Osborne (1902 - 1990)
  Jennie May Osborne Reynolds (1881 - 1954)**
  Mary Vernon Osborne Ward (1884 - 1910)**
  Harriet "Hattie" Josena Osborne Hale (1888 - 1979)*
  Walter Daniel Osborne (1889 - 1957)*
  Eunice Osborne Reed (1892 - 1930)*
  Agnes Elizabeth Osborne O'Brien (1901 - 1997)*
  Robert Rebstock Osborne (1904 - 2001)
*Calculated relationship
Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens
Johnson County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Gina (Ward) Guilfoyle
Record added: Jun 03, 2010
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Robert Rebstock Bob Osborne
Added by: Gina (Ward) Guilfoyle
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In memory of my great, great uncle.
- Gina (Ward) Guilfoyle
 Added: Jun. 3, 2010

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