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Royce R. Osborne

Royce R. Osborne, 79, Woodstock, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at his home with his best friend and wife, Nancy, at his side.

He was born Oct. 30, 1938, to Clarence and Marie (Mettler) Osborne in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

On Oct. 12, 2002, he married Nancy Hiatt in Indianapolis, Ind. Their relationship spanned 21 years.

He was employed by the Champion Company, Houston, Texas, for many years and retired in 2002. In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, fishing, puzzling and working part-time (when the mood struck him).

He was a Friend of Bill W. for more than 33 years and was very active in groups that espoused Bill’s philosophies. He particularly loved the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference.”

Survivors include his wife; two children, Robert “Bobby” Osborne and Cindy Ray; four grandchildren, Candice Kleppe, Lacie (Nick Shanahan) Alger, Lindsey (Adam) Utley and Dakota Ray; three great-grandchildren, Conner, Kayleigh and Abby; a sister, Lila Osborne-Slaymaker; and two brothers, Ernie (Jan) Osborne and Clair (Elaine) Osborne; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jean Northrup; a brother, Leland Osborne; and a brother-in-law, Larry Slaymaker.

There was a celebration of life gathering and service Nov. 5 at the Villa Desiderata Retreat House, McHenry.

Memorials can be made to Villa Desiderata Retreat House or Home of the Sparrow, both of McHenry.

Arrangements were made by Justen Funeral Home & Crematory.

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