Herbert J. Osterbur 94, of Royal passed away at 8:00 A.M. Monday January 25, 2021 at Country Health, Gifford.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday January 29, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church, Royal. Pastor Jay Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Royal. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. -10:30 A.M. at the church.
Freese Funeral Home 302 E. Grand Ave. St. Joseph is in charge of arrangements.
Herb was born on November 22, 1926 in Royal, the son of John and Catherine (Huls) Osterbur. He was baptised, confirmed and a member of St. John Lutheran Church. He married Betty Duitsman on February 26, 1948. They were blessed with 73 years of marriage; she survives.
He is survived by two sons, Mitch (Marsha) Osterbur, Stan (Suzanne) Osterbur and one daughter Marsha (Charlie) Rubarts; one brother Erwin (Elsie) Osterbur, one sister-in-law Gerry Osterbur. He loved being a grandpa and great-grandpa to five grandchildren, Katie (Quinn) Huber, Jon (Taylor) Osterbur, Craig (Marisa) Osterbur, Lindsey (Dusty) Block, Michael (fiance Shelby) Osterbur. Five great-grandchildren, Alex and Charlie Huber, Riley and Tanner Block and Hannah Osterbur. As well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Anna Busboom,, Bertha Osterbur; three brothers Henry Osterbur, Martin Osterbur, Robert Osterbur and an infant daughter.
Herb graduated from Ogden High School. He farmed in the Royal-Flatville area all of his life in addition to owning Osterbur Construction. He was on the Flatville School Board and trustee for Stanton Township.
Herb enjoyed bowling, pitching horseshoes, playing euchre, going for coffee with friends, country music shows especially Marvin Lee and was an usher for the Fighting Illini at the State Farm Center for over 25 years.
He loved the game of baseball. He played EI baseball in his younger years and later coached the Royal Little League, Legion Ball, managed the Royal Giants for several years and in 1973 managed them to the tournament title. Above all he loved the Cincinnati Reds and was thrilled when he got to meet Pete Rose.
A special thank you to the caring nurses at Country Health.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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