H. Donald Osborne

H. Donald Osborne
January 25, 1933 – December 23, 2018

Donald Osborne passed away Sunday, December 23, 2018, with all of his family of 32 gathered to celebrate Christmas. Instead, there was a celebration of his life in their family home in Omaha. What a blessing!

Don was born in Gladbrook, Iowa, the son of Dr. H. D. Osborne and Mrs. Violet Sherwood Osborne, who have preceded him in death, along with a sister, JoAnn Osborne Smith, and a brother in law, William Dan King.

Survived by wife, Connie J. Osborne; daughters, Kim Osborne Salistean (John) and Tami Osborne Pederson (Steve); sons, Landon King Osborne (Heidi) and H. Damon Osborne (Heather Blumel); nine grandchildren: Mark Pederson (Brooke), Robert Salistean, Kari Pederson Miketo (Jim), Thomas Salistean (Emily), Kristin Pederson Gupta (Neel), Adam Donald Salistean, Sydney Blumel, Burrough Osborne, and Jerusha Osborne; nine great-grandchildren: Ayla Salistean, Bram Salistean, Claire Pederson, Caroline Pederson, Edwin Salistean, Katherine Miketo, Leo Salistean, John Miketo, and Henry Pederson; sister-in-law, Rose King; brother-in-law, Jack Smith; aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Don graduated from Iowa State University in I955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Industry. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. On March 18, 1956, Don married Connie Jerusha King at Red Gables Farm in Prairie City, Illinois.

After a 20-year career in the dairy industry, Don bought Houchen Bindery Ltd, in Utica, NE in 1977. He and his wife, Connie, with the help of family and loyal team members, built one of the top book binderies in the country. In April of this year, he retired.

Don was an active member of Dundee Presbyterian Church and belonged to Plymouth Masonic Lodge (Minneapolis), and Tangier Shrine (Omaha). Other activities through the years were Jr. Chamber of Commerce (treasurer), Tip Club, Kiwanis, UNO Board of Library Friends. The H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family Gallery at Criss Library is named in their honor. He was active in Nebraska, Iowa, and Colorado state Library Associations.

Memorial Service: Saturday, January 5, 2019, 11am at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave., Omaha, NE 68132.
Memorials are suggested to Dundee Presbyterian Church and Parkinson’s Foundation.





  • Ryan A Rohl Posted December 26, 2018 11:51 am

    So sorry to hear about Don passing away, what a great Man

  • John Parisi Posted December 27, 2018 5:24 pm

    To the Osborne family, my condolences, I always heard great stories about Don.

  • Billie (Matlock) Flick Posted December 27, 2018 5:49 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Connie and her family. Don was an awesome boss and friend . He will be missed.

    • Kathleen Plond Posted December 28, 2018 8:57 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I gave me my first real job at Houchin Bindery.

  • Rob Rohren Posted December 27, 2018 11:02 pm

    Sorry to hear of H. Don passing. Great memories of him at Houchin Bindery! Prayers to the Osborne family.

  • Alene*Fosler Posted December 28, 2018 5:15 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the family. Prayers for strength and peace. So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great man, Loved working for him.

  • Jennifer Cowles McGinley Posted December 28, 2018 8:03 pm

    I am filled with sorrow to learn this. My condolences go to Tami, whom I knew long ago and far away. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to all.

  • Gerrit Dykhouse Posted December 29, 2018 3:01 am

    Sincere condolences. Always had great respect and admiration for Don.

  • Gail Crosser Posted December 29, 2018 7:14 am

    Prayers, thoughts and hugs to the whole family. Sorry for your loss. Don was a great wonderful man and will be sadly missed

  • Ruth & Don Olson Posted December 30, 2018 8:10 am

    Our prayers are with Connie and her family. The Osbornes have been great supporters of the Utica NE.
    community for many years. Don will be missed by all.

  • Gail Lindley Posted December 30, 2018 8:54 am

    Our family is sorry to hear about the passing of Don. Our prayers to the family.

  • Lynda Best Posted December 30, 2018 9:53 am

    So sorry for your loss. It’s always so hard to let them go. I enjoyed talking to Don about growing up on a dairy farm on the day I stopped to help you with your car trouble.

  • Jane Rehmer Posted December 31, 2018 3:36 pm

    So sorry for the loss of Don. Praying for your family in this time.

  • Jim and Cindy Avery Posted December 31, 2018 7:44 pm

    Our prayers are with Connie and your family. Don will be greatly missed. We have many memories of working on projects for Don.

  • JIM AND CINDY AVERY Posted December 31, 2018 8:27 pm

    our prayers are with you.

  • Jim & Cindy Avery Posted December 31, 2018 8:30 pm

    Our Prayers are with Connie and our family. Don will be greatly missed. We have many memories of working on projects with Don.

  • Cathi Dougherty Posted January 1, 2019 8:37 am

    Connie, I want to send my deepest sympathies to you and your family. at this time. I only new you both for a short time but you both deeply touched my heart. Don had an amazing smile and reminded me so much of my Dad. I loved it when you two came to the Parkinsons classes. The room brightened each time. As Heaven touches Earth, now that Don is with you always. Love and hugs. Cathi

  • Suzanne Wiersma Posted January 2, 2019 3:13 pm

    Sincere condolences from your LBI friends at Wallaceburg Bookbinding. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Elaine Dittmar Posted January 2, 2019 8:19 pm

    Connie and family, I am so sorry that you have all lost a special person in your lives. I really enjoyed working with Don and his friendship. He could do it all, be my boss, be my friend, be my dad, be my brother and sometimes my mom and I respected each and every one of those roles. Prayers that the Lord will help all of you get through this tough time and hugs from me just because I know how hard it is to lose someone so special.

  • Jo Matulka Posted January 3, 2019 1:30 pm

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing, I lived at Utica from the 70’s thru the 90’s, knew all of you well, lost track when I moved but still you have my thoughts and prayers. Jo (Watson) Matulka

  • Tammy Salyer Posted January 3, 2019 1:33 pm

    Our prayers go out to the whole family. So many great memories of Don. He was someone special that we always had the utmost respect for. Prayers to help you get through this tough time.

    Justin & Tammy Salyer

  • Jill Payne Posted January 8, 2019 4:00 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Don was a great man.

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