James Lyle Osborne

Former Gillette resident, James Lyle Osborne, known to many as Jim, was born in Little Fork, Minnesota in 1939.

Jim was an avid hunter, fisher and outdoorsman. He also loved woodworking, gardening, reading and pottery.

Jim had several successful careers including, optometry, counseling, Second Chance Ministry, and served in the Army, 101 Airborne Division from 1956-59.

Jim has eight children, as well as several stepchildren that he loved dearly. He was very proud of all his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Allison and Stephanie; as well as his wife, Colleen; and two brothers, Kelly and Terry.

Jim loved to stay active and fit and was still bench pressing over 200 pounds at the age of 70! Unfortunately, dementia came quickly in Jim’s late 70s.

He died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, comfortably and peacefully in his sleep at the age of 83. He will be dearly missed but we are grateful for his reunion with his heavenly Father and family.

Due to travel and weather, we will be having two celebrations of life. 1st: Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church in Gillette. Contact Allie for details, 605-949-2192. Moorcroft Cemetery, May 6 at 2 p.m. Contact Jennifer for details. 2nd: May 13 at Twin Bridge Resort Wisconsin. Contact Jennifer for details, 920-209-1031.

This paid obituary was provided by family.

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Grandpa. Thank you. You saved me. You taught me. You LOVED me, even when we both lost. You made A LOT of mistakes (like us all), but made amends more fiercely than anyone I've known. I hope to forgive, and LOVE just as you have as I grow. Say hi to mom.


Jim was always proud of having the first red tomato in the community garden. He was fun to know in the garden.

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