Richard H. Osgood
December 09, 1936 ‒ January 10, 2018
Richard H. Osgood, a man of God, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, January 10, 2018 in Mansfield. He was 81.
Dick was born December 9, 1936 in Pittsburgh, PA to parents Herbert & Mary (Black) Osgood. After graduating from Brush High, he earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Ashland College in 1959 where he was fondly known as “Oz.” He later joined the Army Reserves.
Dick was blessed to be set up on a blind date with a beautiful young lady named Dianne Lewis and the pair married the following year on June 1, 1963. He loved his wife very much and together they raised five daughters of whom he was very protective and equally loving.
Dick worked for Sprint for more than 35 years in the sales and marketing departments and after retirement, he worked as a driver for Buckeye Vault. He was a member of Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield where he was very active in many areas including Sunday School class, Berean Gold, and singing in the choir. He and his wife held a bible study in their home every week for more than 30 years.
Every January for 20 years, Dick would travel to Haiti with a team of doctors and friends from Mansfield to build schools and churches while providing medical care. He was recently honored for his years of service with the Salvation Army where he ran the A Million Pennies program and served on the Advisory Board for over 30 years. Dick was also past President of the Parent’s Advisory Board at Ashland University, an active alumnus, and a member of the Gridiron Club. He was passionate about Youth For Christ and Kiwanis Club and his home was always open to anyone who needed a place to eat and stay.
He enjoyed yardwork and had high standards for his lawn which later led him to volunteer to mow a section of the Richland B&O bike trail. He loved to travel with Dianne and memorable trips included: Africa, Alaska, England, Wales, Greece, France, Canada, and they were able to visit most of the 50 states with their girls.
Dick was an avid sports fan who especially loved watching his daughters’ and grandkids’ sporting events. He encouraged his family to be athletic and was himself a stellar ping-pong player. But above all, he cherished his role as father and grandfather and was proud of all their accomplishments.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Dianne Osgood of Mansfield; daughter Dana (Jay) Byrd of Ontario and their children Allison (Joshua), Jacob, Seth, and Elizabeth; daughter Susan (Jeff) Winnett of Atlanta, GA and their children Caroline, Joshua, and Jordan; daughter Kristi (Brad) Pfau of Granville and their children Maria, Timothy, Matthew, Andrew, and Samuel; daughter Beth (Shawn) Masterson of Cincinnati and their child Margaret; and daughter Deanne “PI” Osgood of Mansfield.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his lifelong close friend Rev. Dr. Don Rinehart who was like a brother.
His family will receive friends Monday, January 15, 2018 from 11 to 1 p.m. in Berean Baptist Church (2145 Middle Bellville Rd in Mansfield) where a funeral service celebrating Dick’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Pastor Nate Meiers will speak and a private burial will be held later in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Contributions in his memory to Salvation Army may be made at his service.
We, the family, would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of The Waterford and Winchester Terrace for the outstanding care of our Husband, Dad and Papa.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dick’s family and encourage you to share a memory with them and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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