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Hoyt Osborne Memorial Page

Rev. Howard Hoyt Osborne was born in Butte, Montana on February 14, 1947. Born on Valentine's Day, the day of celebrating Love, his life was a story and celebration of Love, too!

Though he was led to the Lord at age 18 by his sister, Mary, his life really began in August of 1989, 27 years ago, when he followed God's call to Kenya to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It was love at first sight for the country and its people. He loved most everyone he saw and his main concern was that they know Jesus. His love went so deep that he not only cared for the spiritual needs of the people but also the physical needs. He could not stand to see people suffer.

This love led him to share his home with many, to open schools so youth might be educated, and to build twenty-seven churches.

In 2002, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. From then on life was a physical struggle for him, but he never lost his zeal for the work of the Lord.

One day while lying close to death, in the hospital intensive care unit, nearly unconscious, he spoke out loudly, "Oh, how am I going to get these churches built?" Even close to death that was his concern! Much could be said in praise of Rev. Osborne and all that was done with the help of his Kenyan partners, but he would be unhappy to be praised. He would want all glory and praise to go to his Creator, Master, Savior, and friend.

Rev. Osborne went to be with his Lord on Thursday, September 29, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Lois, three sons and six grandchildren in America, and many Kenyan sons, daughters, and grandchildren.


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