David Vernon Osborn

December 11, 1951 - January 6, 2023

David Vernon Osborn, 71, of Malcolm passed away January 6, 2023. Born December 11, 1951 in Joplin, MO to Elmer and Jo Ann (Lindley) Osborn.

Dave retired from Magellan Pipeline (Doniphan) in 2007. He was actively involved in The Hastings Volunteer Fire Department, The Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, also known as PACE, Boy Scouts of America (Overland Trails Council), Order of the Arrow (Tatanka Anpetu-Wi Lodge #94), The Elks Club (Hastings), The German American Society (Omaha). He also loved camping, fishing, hunting, playing golf, playing card and board games with friends and family, and riding his Harley with Diane.

Dave was a man who had a thirst for life that could not be quenched. He loved adventures, travel, and sharing the experiences of life with his family. He loved his friends like family and looked forward to the time they spent together.

Dave is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane (Koepke) Osborn; daughter and son-in-law Denise and Scott Wegener of Omaha; son and daughter-in-law Dan and Heather Osborn of Malcolm; daughter and son-in-law Dayna and Casey Mattson of Lincoln.
Grandchildren: Harrison Wegener, Eve Mattson, Emily Mattson, Reece Osborn, Ryan Osborn, and Vincent Puterbaugh.
Mother: Jo Ann Osborn of Omaha.
Siblings: Brenda Osborn of Ashland; Bob and Hope Osborn of Dundee, FL; Robin and Tom Somma of Ashland.
Sisters-in-law: Bonnie Koepke of Littleton, CO; Linda Koepke of Hastings.
He was also loved by 14 nieces and nephews, and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Dave’s wishes to be cremated were honored and a celebration of life gathering will take place on Saturday February 4, 2023 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Lincoln FireFighter’s Reception Hall
(241 Victory Ln, Lincoln, NE 68528).

Our family is asking those who attend to dress casually or wear something that reminds them of their connection to Dave.

In lieu of flowers, we’re asking those interested to make donations to the some of the organizations Dave was passionate about:

Dave’s grandkids described him as “a light,”; he had a way of making everyone feel like his best friend. Dave was always the last person on the porch waving goodbye as you left his house. We know he is waving at us all.



Celebration of Life


Fire Fighter’s Reception Hall

241 Victory Ln., Lincoln, Nebraska

Share a Memory or Condolence

January 21, 2023

We just wanted all of you to know that we were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. The Osborn Family was quite the fixture on Shoreside Cove in Hastings for many years. We have very pleasant memories of Dave and your time on the cul-de-sac. You all have our deepest condolences.

– Jim, Elayne, and Ashley Landwehr
January 17, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Thinking back of the Hastings Fire Department days.

– Greg and Kathy Sinner
January 16, 2023

Diane I was so surprised to see David’s death in the paper. I enjoyed working with you and Dave with your insurance. He will be missed. We will keep you in our prayers .

– Dean and Karen Hawthorne
January 14, 2023

Dave was a great man that you could count on for an honest opinion. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Our deepest condolence to Di and the entire family.

– Gail and Joe Feiner
January 12, 2023

I knew Dave from the German American Society. He always took the time to talk with Shannon and I like we friends forever. He really was a great example of living your best life and being kind to others. We will miss him.

– Cody and Shannon Mason
January 12, 2023

We very sorry to of Dave’s passing and always enjoyed trading tales. please accept our sincere condolences.

– Ron and Carol Rieke
January 11, 2023

I knew Dave through his son, Dan. Throughout the years catching up with Dave was one of the moments I looked forward to every visit or chance we got to speak. At the great OzzFest of 2019, Dave was right there along side us picking a lock to help an inebriated Wes from flooding the house. Needless to say the following visit of the “ Wes Apology tour” Dave was right there give him smack about it. He will be forever missed.

– Dom Dominguez
January 11, 2023

Dave Osborn changed me … When my son joined Scouts the troop was led by a bunch of good men and the boys had a good time and I watched as they grew in Scouting. When Dave became Scout Master, in his gentle, kind, thoughtful, caring way he changed the troop. He helped our children, and parents like me who wanted to support their children’s activities, become real Scouts. By example he mentored us in understanding the need and value in the Boy Scout way. I had little in common with Dave other than my son and trying to support him and the boys he was developing into Scouts, but over the years helping in the troop and council Dave changed me … not just to understand and appreciate Scouting but I became a different person … my son, daughter and wife all were touched forever by Dave’s mentorship. As I and my family look back over the years while I, my children and wife were involved in Scouting, Dave living and mentoring all of us in being a better person, giving to and supporting our communities, … he gave life to the Scout Law and Motto … Dave shaped us … then … and forever.

– Dee Griffin, Retired Cattle Veterinarian, Troop 192, Overland Trails Council
January 11, 2023

We are so very sorry for your loss Denise, Scott and Harrison, and all of your family!

– Andrea & George Paxton

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