Rev. Lloyd William Osborn


Rev. Lloyd William Osborn, age 84 of Willmar died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. His funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Cross Roads Community Church near Spicer. Burial was held at Fairview Memorial Cemetery in Fairmont.

Rev. Lloyd William Osborn was born into this world on July 15, 1929, in rural Kossuth County, Iowa. He was the second child of Roy and Mabel (Cooper) Osborn. Lloyd was baptized as an infant and confirmed as a member of the Methodist Evangelical Church in Fenton, Iowa. He graduated Valedictorian from Seneca Consolidated High School in 1947. He farmed in partnership with his father. The family moved to rural Olmstead County, Minn., in 1949. 

God joined Lloyd in marriage to Lila Jean B Lidke on Nov. 26, 1950, in Fairmont. In December 1951, he received a letter calling him to the military and moved to California where he served God and the country as Chaplain Assistant at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station until December 1953. Lloyd had already chosen to trust God in Christ for personal guidance and salvation. When he returned to Minnesota, he enrolled at Winona State Teacher’s College as an English Major. While there, Lora was born. He went on to Garrett Graduate School of Theology in Evanston, Ill. Soon daughter, Diane, was on the way. He became a full elder and member of the Minnesota United Methodist Conference in 1962. Within the year, Janell completed the family. 

During his career, Lloyd served mostly rural churches, of multiple point charges, in the Northeast, Northwest, Central, and Southeast Districts of Minnesota. Lloyd took his passion for ministry to heart. After several bouts of major heart events, he took disability leave. He and Lila Jean built a permanent home and retired to their lake property near Spicer. In March 1995, Lila Jean experienced death in this life. In October 1996, another love filled his life and he married Evangeline Bass of Murdock. They were living at Sterling House in Willmar when he died

Lloyd had been a continuous member of the American Legion since 1959. He served a term as State Chaplain, multiple terms as local Chaplain, and a term as Commander. He served the communities he lived in through Lions, Rotary, or Kiwanis Club. He served a term on the City Council in Herman and a year on the City Planning Committee in Moose Lake. He hosted the “Herman Show” and the “Word and Music” radio shows. He participated in Community Theater. He supported his family’s musical, artistic and educational endeavors. He left the following message:  “Thanks so very much for your love and remember to love God with all your heart, mind and spirit and love everyone as God in Jesus loves you.”

He is survived by his second wife, Evangeline Bass, his daughters; Lora (Sam) Foust of Wadena, Diane (Gary) Fortney of Spicer, and Dr. Janell Osborn of Little Falls; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Doris Dux and Lucille Greanleaf.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila Jean; siblings, Harold Osborn and Dorothy Opheim. 

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