Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Alta, Iowa. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Church on Saturday. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Dee was born March 29, 1933 at Alta to James and Susanna (Sinns) Murphy. She graduated from Webb High School in 1951. She was married to Richard L. Pedersen on Sept. 4, 1955 at Alta. She was later married to Richard S. Osborn on Jan. 17, 1987 in Cherokee. She had worked at North American Rockwell in California from 1952-1954, for the Cherokee Daily Times as office manager from 1955 until 1987 and for Hempel Sheet Metal in Omaha, Neb. from 1987 until retiring in 1998. She was affiliated with the Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, bowling leagues in Cherokee and Storm Lake, and various Church Bible Study Groups. She enjoyed ceramic painting, crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch, jigsaw puzzles, reading and playing Bingo.
She was preceded in death by her father James Murphy, mother Susanna Murphy-Mitchell, a son Brian Pedersen, a great-granddaughter Ella Cannaday, sisters Darlene Willems and Donnabel Murphy, and a brother Ronnie Murphy.
She is survived by her husband Richard, and children: Brenda (Don) Haack of Sutherland; Bradley (Cindy) Pedersen of Alta; Todd (Julisa) Pedersen of McAllen, Texas; Scott Osborn (Marla Conley) of Cherokee,; Mike (Cindy) Osborn of Council Bluffs; Kathy Van Voltenberg (Sandy Andrews) of Council Bluffs; Jeff (June) Osborn of Council Bluffs; 21 grandchildren: John (Jennifer) Haack, Omaha, Neb.; Janice Osburn, Blair, Neb.;
Scott Marsh (Jess Blome) Jefferson City, Mo.; Lisa Hare, Sutherland; Daiana Hubers, Shellrock; Elizabeth (Kole) Petersen, Council Bluffs; Brian Pedersen, Alta; Brandon Pedersen, Cherokee; Brock Pedersen, McAllen, Texas; Julio Malerva, McAllen, Texas; Rene` (Eric) Havermann, Council Bluffs; Aubri (Patrick) O'Reilly, Jacksonville, Fla.; Carrie VanVoltenberg (Zach Ruiz), Colorado Springs, Colo.; Steve Forrester, Jacksonville, Fla.; Adam VanVoltenberg, Omaha, Neb.; Tyler Osborn, Houston, Texas; Scott (Jenna) Forrester, Council Bluffs; Amy (Matt) Halls, Ankeny; Joy Osborn, Wichita, Kan.; Marc Osborn, Council Bluffs, and Jon Osborn, Council Bluffs; seven great-grandchildren; Madisyn Havermann, Olivia Osburn, Joei Forrester, Aiden O'Reilly, Ashlyne Havermann, Nora Dee Hare and Kaven O'Reilly; Step-father Hank Mitchell of Storm Lake; Brother-in-law Vern Willems of Storm Lake; Sister-in-law Connie Stille of Storm Lake; and an aunt Evelyn North of Storm Lake.