Richard Orsborn

July 23, 1934 ‒ May 09, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

Obituary for Richard Orsborn

MANSFIELD: Richard A. Orsborn, 83, died Wednesday May 9, 2018 in Mansfield Memorial Homes surrounded by family.  Richard was born July 23, 1934 in Knox County, Ohio.  He was the son of Ralph D. Orsborn and Anna Mae Wollison.  Richard graduated from Sparta High School.  He worked various jobs in Mount Vernon and then the Hess and Clark Farm in Ashland.  For many years, he was in sales at Montgomery Wards.  Then, for 35 years, he devoted his career to New York Life Insurance Company with 28 of those years as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Richard was an active volunteer with the Ashland Jaycees, Madison bingo kitchen, Mansfield Civitan, and OhioHealth Hospital.  He was proud to be a member of the Masonic Lodge #35.

He enjoyed resting in his recliner with his 2 dogs and watching old Westerns.  He especially enjoyed woodworking.  He always said he would’ve been a carpenter but because he had so many kids he had to sell life insurance instead.

Richard is survived by his children Victoria Cochran (John) of Mansfield; Robin Bender (Ron) of Mansfield; Tami Walsh (Dave) of San Tan Valley, AZ; Dawn Boudinot (Neil) of Medina; Amy Hartley (Joe) of Tucson, AZ: Heather Borden (Kelly) of Ridgecrest, CA; and Kim Orsborn of Crested Butte, CO. Also his stepdaughters Sue Mayhugh (Clarence) of Columbus; Deb Havener (Neal) of Columbus; and Donna Merrick of Sacramento, CA. and his former wife, Kay Orsborn.  His brothers, John (Dorothy) of Manteca, CA; Tom (Shirley) of Fredricktown, and his sister, Anna Marie Leply (Stan) of Mt. Vernon and many nieces and nephews. Grandchildren Andy and Joe Cochran, Tina Cochran-Mihalek, Jamie, Josh, and Ben Boudinot,  Melinda, Michael, and Megan Gilitiuk, Sedona and Chandler Hartley, Ethan and Sam Borden, Lilly Merrick, and Sienna Brooks. There are 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Barney and sister-in-law Carolyn, former wife Fran Orsborn-Smith and his son Rick.

The family wishes to thank his caregivers at Winchester Terrace, Mansfield Memorial Homes and Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and compassion.

Calling hours will be at the Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock’s) 350 Marion Ave., Mansfield on Thursday May 17th, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday May 18th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. followed by a service led by Chaplain Dan Clouse.  Interment will follow immediately at Bloomfield Cemetery near Centerburg.

Memorial contributions can be made at the funeral home to the Humane Society of Richland County.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dick’s family and encourage you to share a memory and watch his video at

  • Tom and Shirley and families, so very sorry for the passing of your loved one,
    many blessings and prayers at this time of sorry. Thinking of you!

  • So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I will always remember that wonderful smile and caring ways he always showed..
    He was a fantastic man..
    Love you Dick!!!

  • Sending my deepest sympathies and prayers to you Vicki and your family at this most difficult time.

  • I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you all.
    Love Lori Lynch

  • Sorry to learn of your loss of your father Vicky. May you find comfort in the great promises of our Risen Lord.
    Blake and Gere

  • My step dad, Richard, was a hard worker but he made time for a good party. We often were sent outside to play with the neighbor kids whenever they would hold parties. Of course all of us kids would sneak in and listen to the shenanigans as the adults enjoyed knocking back a glass or two down in the basement where he had built a dry bar and set up a pool table. From the sounds of it they probably had more fun than we did! But we did get to steal a handful of peanuts from the snack bowls before someone would pop upstairs and we’d have to scram. He was definitely the life of the party and enjoyed playing the host.

    That big personality of his will be missed.