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Donald Osborn, 77 - January 05, 2015

Donald M. Osborn, 77, of Land O’ Lakes, FL, formerly of Cozad, passed away at Gulfside Hospice in Zephyrhills, FL, on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
A Celebration of Life service took place at Land O’ Lakes on Friday, Jan. 9.
Memorial services will be conducted on Jan. 31, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Gordon. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Rushville.
Osborn was born Sept. 28, 1937, at Rushville to Ova and Georgiana (Peters) Osborn. He attended elementary and high school at Hays Springs, graduating in 1956.
He graduated from Nebraska State Teachers College at Chadron in 1960 with a major in science and math education. He also received a masters degree in educational administration in 1967 and a specialist degree in 1971 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received grants from the National Science Foundation to study atomic and nuclear physics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Wayne State College.
Osborn was a teacher of math and science in Broadwater and Pierce, and was a principal at Laurel and Cozad. He served as a superintendent of schools in Big Springs, Guide Rock, Red Cloud and Campbell, all in Nebraska.
He was very active in the Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals and was president in 1975. He served on several state and national committees, also serving on the board of Nebraska Council of School Administrators. He was elected to two four-year terms on the Educational Service Unit 10 Board in Kearney. In Florida, he was elected to the board of Groves Community District and served on the board of Withlacoochee River Electric Coop Operation Round Up. He was also involved with numerous volunteer activities including the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
Osborn was preceded in death by: his parents, Ova and Georgiana; a brother, Ronald.
Survivors include: his best friend, Jean Beleck of Land O’ Lakes; his daughters—Donna Osborn-Smith (Roger Smith) of Alliance and Suzanne (Jay) Holmes of Gothenburg; grandchildren—Cassie and Joe Kinney, Kiel and Brooke Holmes, Kelsey Holmes, Erica Smith, Courtney Smith, Nicholas Smith and Kyndal Holmes; great-grandchildren—Jack and Evan Kinney; sister and brother-in-law, Kathie (Dennis) King of Gordon; a sister-in-law, Ruth Robbins; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the University of Nebraska Foundation Sybouts Fund, 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE. 68508, representing a significant long-term investment in the future success of both the Department of Educational Administration and its students.