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Ronnie Lee Osborne, Sr., age 74, of Belding, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at his home.  The son of Lawrence L. & Ruby (Richmond) Osborne, he was born on September 30, 1945 in Jellico, Tennessee.  He retired from Gereff Industries, where he worked as a welder, after 30 years of service.

Ron enjoyed woodworking including making toys for his grandchildren. He loved music, playing guitar and was a member of the bands Wild Wood Country and Country Connections, he also played with several local bands over the years. Ron was honored to play with Grand Ole Opry stars Dolly Parton, Farron Young, RW Blackwood, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Kitty Wells and Little Jimmy Dickins. His grandkids remember him always willing to pull out his guitar and play then a song. Ron also was a little league coach for several years in Grand Rapids and Belding.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  brothers and sisters, Jack Osborne, Carl Osborne, Billie Osborne, Jo Ann Deal, Ben Osborne, Sue Reynolds, and Rosalie Teague;  daughters, Annette Ocaronza and Dawn Flores; and grandsons, Jessie Lee Osborne and Jon Ronald Dean.

Surviving are his girlfriend, Susan Johnson of Belding;  his children,  Lisa & Ken Barnum of Kent City, Ronnie Osborne, Jr. of Pierson, Scott Osborne of Belding, Sam & Darla Jo Stapp of Belding, Phil & Autumn Osborne of Greenville, Kelly & Shane Stapp of Greenville, and Brian Stapp of Greenville;  twenty-three grandchildren;  twenty-nine great-grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan: https://www.dsawm.org/get-involved/donate/

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, private services will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 with final interment at East Montcalm Cemetery.  Chaplain Stephen Shick of Spectrum Health Hospice will officiate.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ron’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.MichiganCremation.com  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.

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  1. Valerie (Miller) Winther on May 29, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    My deepest sympathies to all of the family!
    I am truest blessed for knowing the Osborne family that my siblings and I grew up playing with in the Black Hills in Grand Rapids, MI.
    Prayers and hugs to all for strength and peach at this difficult time.



  2. Brenda and Kevin Packard on May 30, 2020 at 12:15 am

    On behalf of the Packard family we offer our condolences to Ron’s family. We loved playing music for many years with Ron in Country Connection and will forever remember him as a kind and gentle soul. You are forever in our hearts Ron. Until we meet again and play more wonderful music, we simply say…”see you later.”



  3. Bonnie Hopkins on May 30, 2020 at 10:55 am

    So sorry to hear about uncle Ronnie. He was my favorite uncle. I will miss him dearly. Love you guys.



  4. MARILYN VAN NUIL on May 30, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    SO VERY SORRY, SENDING SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO RONNIE OSBORNE SR’S FAMILY , ESPECIALLY KELLY & SCOTTY , ON YOUR DAD’S PASSING . WHILE WE DID NOT KNOW YOUR DAD KELLY WE THINK HE WAS AND SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THE FINE PERSON YOU GREW UP TO BE..HE INSTILLED IN YOU YOUR AMAZING SENSE OF CARING, BOTH FOR “FAMILY” AND “COMMUNITY” , THANK YOU FOR THAT TO YOUR DAD. WHILE HE IS NO LONGER WITH YOU TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING HE WILL LIVE ON FOREVER IN YOUR HEARTS WHERE YOUR LOVE AND FOND MEMORIES OF TIME WITH HIM WILL ALWAYS BE . GOD WILL NEVER TAKE THOSE FROM THERE . KEEP ON A “PICKING & GRINNING” RONNIE YOU WILL BE MISSED “REST IN PARADISE” .SADLY BECAUSE OF COVID 19 WE WISH WE COULD GIVE YOU BOTH ((( HUGS ))) SO “LONG DISTANCING” THEM HOPE YOU CAN FEEL THEM MUCH LOVE TOO ..GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS ALWAYS .. JEAN AND MARILYN VAN NUIL



  5. Melissa Loree (Jeffery) on May 30, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    I am deeply saddened by this loss. What a great man Ron is. He will be greatly missed. All my prayers and love are with you through thos loss.



  6. Scott Dean on May 30, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    On behalf of myself Scott Dean and my boys Greg and Tony Dean. I just want to say Ron will be missed. I’m glad we had stayed in contact over the years. He was an amazing loving grandpa to my boys. I will always remember the kindness he showed me as his son in law. the time he helped me get a good job working with him at Gerreff industries when I was 18. Which started me into my 35 year career as a machinist. You will be missed my friend.



  7. Rose Walters on June 3, 2020 at 7:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent to your family



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