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Ronald Osborn, 83, Sidney, MT


February 22, 2023 | View PDF

Ronald Osborn

Funeral services were held Friday Feb. 17, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Fulkerson-Stevenson Memorial Chapel, Sidney, MT. Military honors will be presented by the VFW Post 4099. A luncheon followed the service at the VFW, Sidney, MT for a time of sharing and fellowship. Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home, Sidney, MT is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at

Ronald (Ron) Floyd Osborn, age 83, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Sidney, MT.

Ron was born Oct. 2, 1939, in Dickinson, ND, the son of Floyd and Esther Osborn. He lived in Belfield, ND, until 6th grade then moved to Jordan, MT, and attended school there until graduation in 1957. After graduating, Ron joined the United States Navy in 1957 working as an electrician/mate/fireman until being honorably discharged in 1960.

After leaving the Navy, Ron returned home to the family ranch in Jordan, MT, for about a year and then went on to work different jobs when the ranch became too small for the three of them to work. In the early 60s, he joined the Police and sheriff's departments in Minot, ND, for a few years. He then went to work for Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, WA before transferring to missile sites in Montana and Wyoming.

Due to a layoff, he moved to Sidney, MT where he began working as load contractor for Wes Sturgis and then for the county. After four years, he went to work moving drilling rigs in North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. He then returned to Sidney, working as a bartender at the LaLonde Hotel then to driving truck for John Berger. He remained in Sidney until 2006 and then moved to Watertown, SD, to live with his daughter Renee. He returned to Fairview, MT, for three years and then back to Sidney, MT, where he remained until he was called home at the age of 83.

Along with being a proud member of the VFW, he had many interests, including driving truck for the local beet campaigns, watching and reading westerns (especially John Wayne), singing karaoke, fishing, playing cards and cribbage, and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles by the dozen with his daughter Renee. He even braved skydiving for his 73rd birthday! Few people know he played piano, but anyone that knew him knew he loved his Budweiser and Bingo.

Ron was proceeded in death by his mother, Esther Osborn; his father, Floyd Osborn; his stepson, Michael Allen Nitschke; his ex-wife, Colleen Osborn (Gasho), mother to Mike and Renee; several of his great friends that he missed and spoke of often, and his dog Cede.

Ron is survived by his daughter, Renee Kucker and her fiancé Bucky Steinke, both of Woods Bay, MT; his grandson, Eli Plunkett, Brooklyn Park, MN; his cousin, Charles Savageau, Billings, MT; and his beloved cat, Mitts.


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