Howard Dell "Toots" Osborne
Howard Dell “Toots” Osborne, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in Sturgis, SD where he had resided since 1998. Toots was born to Cecil and Flora McCaskey Osborne on June 17, 1928 at Tinton, SD. He attended grade school at Belle Fourche. At the age of 16 he went with his brother, Vern, and his family to Arizona, and soon found work on the Philmont Scout Ranch at Cimarron, NM. He returned to the Belle Fourche area about a year later and worked on ranches in South Dakota and Montana.
He entered the United States Army on Nov. 11, 1950 and served in the occupation of Germany. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 11, 1953, and returned to Belle Fourche for a short time, before moving to Spokane, WA where he operated an auto body shop on Trent Avenue. Home called to Toots again and he returned to South Dakota, where he remained until 1976, when he returned to Arizona. In 1998 he once again returned to South Dakota and has resided at Our House where he passed peacefully away on Tuesday.
Toots loved horses, animals and little children, and found great joy in the children who came to visit the residents of Our House. He happily answered all their questions about horses and cheerfully answered all the same questions on their next visit.
Toots never married. He is survived by a brother, Kenneth (Hazel) Osborne of Butte, MT; a sister, Evelyn (Mel) Fricke of Rockford, WA, and several generations of loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, James, Vern, Henry, Raymond, Richard and Lester.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. Monday until the time of services.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 10 at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche with the Reverend Paul Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.
Family and friends may leave written condolences at http://www.klinefuneralchapel.com.
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