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John Gilbert Osborne

April 20, 1956 December 25, 2020
John Gilbert Osborne
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John Gilbert Osborne, 64, of Pekin IL passed away Friday, December 25 at his home.

He was born April 20, 1956 to William B and Margaret D Smith Osborne in Peoria, IL.

He is preceded in death by his father and brother, Marty Terrell, of Pekin,

John (John O) will be sadly missed by his Mother, Margaret Petri of Pekin, daughter and Son-in-law, Johnna & Travis Kinney and granddaughters, Riley, Reagan and Remi of Green Valley. He is also survived by his brothers, Mike (Renee) Terrell of Pekin, David (Mari) Osborne of North Pekin, Richard (Brandi) Bush of Pekin, sisters, Lisa Sutton of Jones, OK, and Pamala Osborne of Kerrville, TX, as well numerous nieces and nephews, and good friends that became his family.

John graduated from Pekin Community High School. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He drove for Shallenberger Excavating. For the past 18 years he’s has been a driver for United Ready Mix - Truck 88. John was looking forward to retirement in April, 2021.

John’s passing will leave a void to many people who were part of his circle. He was loved and gave generously of his heart, and his time and his resources. John saw the best in people. He was a character who brought laughter and fun to every situation.

John’s son-in-law recalls. “I remember the first time I met John. He made me write down my information before I could take Johnna out for the evening. Little did I know that it was an exploding pen and I had just signed up for a lifetime of pranks, jokes, and good times.”

Two of his many pastimes were playing Horseshoe and Bowling. He was tough competition, winning many Horseshoe Tournaments and he bowled numerous 300 games.

He also enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, NASCAR Races. He was a Patriot football fan and on football Sunday, he was a gourmet cook. He loved dressing up for holidays and bringing a smile to a child’s face. He’d visit his beloved granddaughters, nieces, nephews and so many others kids, wearing the most detailed costume and handing out gifts to all.

John O. was a unique man with a free spirit and will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Memorials may be sent to the John Osborne Memorial Fund, to establish an education fund for his granddaughters. CEFCU, 3515 Court St., Pekin IL 61554

Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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