Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2001

Robert R. Osborne

May 3, 2001

Robert R. Osborne


Services for Robert R. Osborne, 97, Olathe, were Saturday, April 28, at Grace United Methodist Church, Olathe. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Osborne 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 farmed throughout his professional life.

Mr. Osborne was a business executive and philanthropist. 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.

He donated millions of dollars to schools, churches and charities, along with the land in Olathe that became MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Among his many honors, he received 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.

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.

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.

He was the former 50-year owner of the R.R. Osborne Insurance Agency and served as president and director of numerous corporations.

His wife, Clarice L. Osborne, preceded him in death, on Dec. 11, 1990.

Survivors include two nieces, Esther E. Ellis, De Soto, 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.

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