Michael Duane Osborn, 60, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2009 in Abilene. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 1, 2009 in Elmwood Memorial Park, Garden of Remembrance under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.
Michael was born on November 2, 1948 in Hobbs, New Mexico the son of DT Osborn and Marie Giannetto Osborn. He grew up in Odessa, graduated from Permian High School and attended Odessa Jr. College before completing his BS at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also attended UTMB at Galveston. After college, he became the Athletic Director and gymnastics coach for the YMCA of Abilene for 25 years and really enjoyed being a role model for young people. He later worked as a cinema manager for the AMC movie theater chain. After retiring early, he enjoyed traveling, reading and exercising.
Survivors include his sister, Marina Beth Osborn DeMerritt and husband Terry of Tyler; his brother, Stephen Osborn and wife Debbie of Abilene; four nieces, who enjoyed his sense of humor, Stephanie Osborn Rushing of Lubbock, Kendel Osborn of Midland, Wendy Schiller of Longview, Washington, and Adriana DeMerritt of Vancouver, Washington.
His parents preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the YMCA of Abilene, 3125 S. 32nd ST, Abilene, TX 79605 or Hendrick Hospice Care, PO Box 1922, Abilene, TX 79604.
We will miss Mike Osborn. He coached my daughter, Shannon McIlroy, in gymnastics for four years under the Abilene YMCA Twisters team. She learned her first gymnastics. He was a outstanding coach and mentor. Thanks to Mike she continued her career in gymnastics as a coach, and P. E. teacher.
Roy and Vivian Bamberg express condolences to the family.
God Bless You at this time of grief for your loss. You will be remembered in our prayers.
Vivian BambergAbilene, TX
Mike was one of my favorite bosses. This is depressing news.
John BohenekAbilene, TX
I am sorry for your loss.
Debi SchultzAbilene, TX
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mike. He was my gymnastics coach at the Y as we called it, for many years. I think from the time I was about 7 until I went to high school and was on the team at Cooper. Mike was a great coach to this day I can remember some of the strength tests we did although I cant do any of it now and he really helped many of us realize our dream of being gymnasts. Mike travelled all over with many of us and gave up countless weekends to be on the road with his team. It is unlikely that I will be able to make it into town for the services, but I wanted the family to know our thoughts and prayers are with you and that I carry with me many happy memories of being a gymnast with Mike as my coach. Much Love, Holly Humphrey Tucker
Holly Humphrey TuckerDallas, TX
I attended gymnastics at the YMCA for around 7 years. My mom always teases that Mike raised me. Mike was a huge part of my childhood. I cant hardly think back to a time that didnt involve him in some way. He helped to mold me into the adult that I am today. My values and work ethic are all because of him and my parents. He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered. I hope he knew how much he touched my life.
Lydia Garner White
Lydia Garner WhiteSan Antonio, TX