Dennis “Duke” C. Osborne

May 09, 1944 ‒ October 31, 2019

Loudonville, Ohio

LOUDONVILLE: Dennis “Duke” C. Osborne passed away Thursday morning, October 31, 2019, in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 75.

He was born May 9, 1944, in Cincinnati to parents James & Garnett (Korn) Osborne. Dennis was a 1963 graduate of Mt. Healthy High School where he was an all-star pitcher on the baseball team and an all-star player for the basketball team. After high school, he went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehead State University.

He married Pauletta Kilgore on July 10, 1965, and went on to work for Kroger as a plant manager for over 37 years until retiring in 2003.

In spare time, he owned and operated many mobile home parks and campgrounds, and enjoyed buying and selling real estate.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Pauletta Osborne; his children Rick (Karen) Osborne, Kim Miller, Scott (Karen) Osborne, and Dan (Jackie) Osborne; grandchildren Rick, Joey, Jakob, Andie, Jared, Erin, Ryan, Nick, and Madison; great-grandchildren Rowyn and Sawyer; his sister Melody Whitaker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by his son-in-law Doug Miller and his brother Jim Osborne.

The Osborne family will receive friends Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville. A funeral service honoring Dennis’ life will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. Celebrant Dave Roberts will speak. Burial will follow in Loudonville Cemetery.

Contributions in Dennis’ memory to the National Kidney Foundation may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Dennis’ family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


  • My heart, prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family!

    Diane Hutchings – Co-Worker to Kim Miller

  • Scott, Karen & Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kim & Rick Reese

  • Pauletta and family:
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time. Thinking of you.

  • Pauletta and family
    You have my deepest sympathy. I will always remember Duke as the sweetest and cutest guy in our Mt. Healthy class of 1963. So glad to had seen you both at our class picnic. May he Rest In Peace. God bless.
    Joyce Eberhardt

  • Paulette and Family.

    16 years ago, You and Dennis did something for us that no one would bother to do. It did not take very long for the love and respect to grow towards both of you. We knew the arrival of spring would bring both of you back to Ohio, and we were always glad to see both of you. Dennis will be missed. Praying God will give you strength and peace during this sad time. We are deeply heartbroken 💔

    Bob and Jackie Crouch

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire Osborne family. May God be with each of you, and give you comfort, as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Sending our thoughts and prayers, Maggie and Kevin Neumann.

  • Rest in peace Duke, you earned it. Sympathy and prayers for your wonderful family as they travel down memory lane. Remember all the good times they are what matter the most. Who knew those many years ago when we were looking for a “weekend” camping spot we would remain great friends through many years, from Heath to Loudonville River Run to Indianapolis to Florida, to Grand Lake St. Mary and lots more Florida. With so many laughs and fun times along the way. Again deepest sympathy and prayers are being sent your way. Love to all. Wave Greenwald

  • So sad for his family. Dennis truly was one of the good guys, and the best example of a leader. He will be missed. My husband and I were honored to know him.

  • Pauletta, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of him sledding down our big hill on Compton Rd. Glad I had the chance to reconnect with him when he came for his class picnic. Duke and his brother Jim were always someone to look up to.

  • Andie,

    So sorry for your family’s loss!! You & your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!! ❤

  • The Osborne Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our thought and prayers are with you guys during this tough time! ♥️

  • I’m sorry for your loss. I remember meeting him many years ago and instantly I knew he was a great man and an excellent role model.

    One day Dan and I went to the store to buy steaks to bbq. We didn’t know anything about the different cuts of meat at that time so we got the cheapest ones. He took them back and got us ribeye.

    I was hoping to talk to him one last time.

  • Scott, Karen and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You have our thoughts and prayers.

    Mike & Wilma

  • Pauletta,

    Loved visiting with you at the trailer park when we would visit Carol and Ralph for Thanksgiving and other breaks. Dennis had such an enthusiastic laugh. Cherish his life and memories.

  • Pauletta, Dan and Jackie, Jacob, Jared and Ryan and the entire Osborne Family. We are very saddened by the passing of your Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather. He truly was a man to be remembered. Our deepest sympathies goes out to you all. Sincerely, Bob and Jodi

  • Pauletta Mary and myself are so saddened to hear this. You and Dennis treated us all at Crossroads like family. He inspired us to lead with kindness. He was truly a great leader.He will be missed by many.

  • Osborne Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fun memories of Duke with everyone at the campground. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all 💕
    With love, Michelle