D. Christopher Osborne


D. Christopher Osborne, 68, of Greenfield, passed away June 25, 2015, at Hancock Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 27, 1946, to Donald and Lola (Sanderson) Osborne in Springfield, Ohio, where his father was a professor at Wittenberg University.

He spent much of his childhood in Libertyville, Ill., graduating from Libertyville High School in 1964. Chris received degrees from Purdue University (1968) and Ohio State University (1971), and went on to work in the then-emerging field of computer technology. In 1985, he received his J.D. from Indiana University, eventually opening his own legal and consulting practice in Noblesville, Ind.

He served for a combined 30 years in the Ohio and Indiana National Guard. During his service, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College, and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1998.

Chris was a member and past president of Greenfield Kiwanis and an active member of Bradley United Methodist Church. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family dearly, a friend to many in the community, and a staunch supporter of the Purdue Boilermakers.

Chris is survived by his loving wife, of 46 years, Dianne Osborne; sons, Gregory (Charissa) Osborne of Indianapolis, David (Angie) Osborne of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Thomas (Jessica) Osborne of Honolulu; daughter, Elizabeth (Richard) Kurkowski of Libertyville, Ill. and grandchildren, Nathaniel and Elijah Osborne, Davyn and Adley Osborne, Courtney and Vanessa Kurkowski.

The family wishes to extend its sincere appreciation for the outstanding care provided by Brandywine Golden Living and Hancock Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015, Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A service in celebration of Chris’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015, at Bradley United Methodist Church, 210 W Main St, Greenfield, IN 46140.  Rev. Dave Scifres will be officiating. A private graveside ceremony will be held at Park Cemetery immediately following.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation, Attn: Hospice, 801 N. State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140  or to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), 50 E. 91st Street, Suite #100, Indianapolis, IN 46240; envelopes will be available at the mortuary.

Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to [email protected].