Richard H. Osgood

December 09, 1936 ‒ January 10, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

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.

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  • Mrs Osgood and Family:
    I will never forget how kind Mr Osgood always was to me as a young girl. He always made me feel welcomed in your home whenever I would stop over to pick up Beth or to just hang out. Even in later years, although I didn’t see him often, whenever I would run into him it was no different. I feel so blessed that I was able to see him one last time this weekend. As I walked into his room I was sad to see how different he looked to me. However, he quickly made me feel comfortable and welcomed me once again as he said to me “how are you doing poop?” I always found it amusing he would call me by the nickname his daughter had bestowed upon me 🙂 You and your family are near and dear to my heart and always will be. May his memory be eternal.

  • Jim & I offer our sincere sympathy to Dianne and her family. Our prayers go out to the Lord for Dick and we ask the Lord to heal the families broken hearts at this most difficult time.

  • To the family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you be comforted by the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3) that one day, “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29) May these promises from God’s word, the Bible give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

  • The Osgood family has been such a blessing to the Standridges through the years. Joy and Dana have been best friends since meeting at Mansfield Christian in 7th grade. Joy loved going to their house as it was like she said “it was like one big summer party with all of those girls. Diane was so welcoming and “Sir Richard” as they called him. She loved the whole clan. He will be sorely missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • To the Osgood family,

    Dick was a wonderful friend! We spent many laughs and wonderful moments together at Sprint. I am so sorry for all of your loss. They say that you are never really gone until you are forgotten, and I know that it will be a very long time before Dick is really gone. I have become friends with “PI” over the years and I want her to know that she and her family will be in our prayers! The United Telephone family and I lost a truly great friend.

    Thomas R. Plaisted

  • Cherish the warm memories of the man who loved and supported each of you in personal and special ways. Rest in peace Richard, knowing your life examples will be nurtured and carried on my your family.

  • Love and prayers to Mrs. Osgood (Lady Di, to her girls) and the entire family! Too many memories to recount, but I was always amazed that Mr. Osgood remained sane and patient as the only man in a house with one full bathroom and 5 girls, a wife, and – for a good while – his mother. In my memory, a quiet, humble man of God. Sympathies for your loss!

  • Clearly, Dick was one of the finest Christian men I have ever met. His personality reflected Jesus Christ and his family is an example of how faithful he has been as a father, grandpa, and a husband, I have lost one of my most admired friends.

    May his faith in our Risen Lord Jesus sustain each of you until we meet him in Heaven.

    Blake Sr. and Gere Wagner

  • Joe and I enjoyed the weekly bible studies hosted by Dick and Diane every Tuesday night in their lovely home. Both Dick and Diane were warm and always gracious hosts. Dick was still coming to Wedgewood in June of ‘17,to see Joe, making his way slowly back to his room. Joe always appreciated his visits. May God give your family peace and comfort in knowing you will all be reunited someday, never to part again!

  • Dear Dianne and Family…..

    We are so sorry for your loss. Blessing and peace to you.

  • Mrs Osgood & Family,
    As a fellow Kiwanian, we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Dick was alway a blessing to be around. We are saddened by his passing. Peace!

  • Diane
    Through FB Beth and I learned about Dick’s passing. As you know, We Dixons are connected deeply to you Osgoods. We have all those memories at Diamond Hills, MCHS, and other places while we lived in Mansfield. Throughout all the years we have known you it has been very evident Dick’s commitment to his faith and to his family. How fortunate you were to have had him for all those years. Though were are far we have been touched deeply to hear the news.

  • Diane
    Through FB Beth and I learned about Dick’s passing. As you know, We Dixons are connected deeply to you Osgoods. We have all those memories at Diamond Hills, MCHS, and other places while we lived in Mansfield. Throughout all the years we have known you it has been very evident Dick’s commitment to his faith and to his family. How fortunate you were to have had him for all those years. Celebrate him and all your memories of your life with him.

  • Whaley and Family,
    I loved reading about your grandfather. He was definitely an amazing man. I hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of him. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Kristie, Matt, Camden and Liam Kay

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I loved working with him in the Marketing Dept. at the phone company, what a great guy. Prayers to the family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you
    May you find comfort in your memories and the love he had for each of you .

  • My deepest sympathy to Dick’s family. I knew Dick from working at United Telephone. He was always kind and had a smile on his face. He now has his well deserved angel wings. Welcome home, good and faithful servant.

  • I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Dick during some of his last few years at Sprint/United. A true gentlemen, hard worker and very easy to deal with – he loved his work and I could always depend on him. Also, a great friend in retirement. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

  • I sent a bunch of my favorite memories through JB to share. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Osgood. The single thing they share in common is the pleasure he took in participating in a vibrant community. Getting together with close friends was the whole point. I am so sad at his passing but am happy to remember him with you.

  • Mrs. Osgood and family,
    So sorry to hear of Mr. Osgood’s passing. After watching the video I realized I never saw him without a smile on his face! I am grateful for your friendship with my parents over the years. Mr. Osgood was there for me me for some of my greatest losses. I hope you find peace in knowing his souls journey is complete, and he with the God he loved so much! My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time o grief. We are all very lucky to have known such a kind, loving, God fearing man!

  • Mrs. Osgood and Family,

    We are sorry to hear of Mr. Osgood passing. We all hold special memories in countless years having Dick, Dianne, and Family as wonderful friends and customers. Rest in Peace Dick!

  • Charlie and I so loved being with you whenever we could get by on our way back and forth to Texas or Cedarville. Your home was always a haven of rest and always had something good to eat along with great fellowship. We cherish our visits with you when you would come to New York also. We will carry on that Osgood family history always remembering Richard. So sorry we are unable to be there on Monday, but glad we were able to visit at Christmastime. We know Dick is with the Lord with no pain or worries. Praying for you all.
    Charlie and Fran Steitler

  • Sending a big hug to Mrs. Osgood, Dana, Susan, Kristi, Beth and PI. Have to stop there on names, because we would run out of room listing everyone in your big, wonderful family. Glad you have each other at this sad time. Please know our thoughts are with you. Debs and Patrick Burton

  • My sympathies to the family. Dick was a great friend and I always enjoyed his visits to my office. I enjoyed working with him over the years in Marketing group and I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • Dianne, Dick and I enjoyed our working together at United Telephone. We shared office space together with a lot of laughs and sometimes getting some work done. I remember our golfing trips which was great just spending time together. He was blessed with a great smile and a very hearty laugh. Dick will not be forgotten. Best to you and your family.

  • We will always remember Dick as a man of integrity and godliness at Diamond Hills Baptist Church. Both Dick and Dianne shared many words of wisdom with us as young believers. May God be your comfort and strength at this time.
    Ron and Bev Them

  • Dianne and girls you have my deepest sympathy. What a wonderful man and wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I feel honored to have known you all.