Shelby Osborne Sr. dies in farming accident

(Excerpt from The Ledger Independent, Maysville, Kentucky)

Shelby Osborne Sr. died Monday afternoon in a tragic farming accident.

A well-known insurance agent and farmer in the community, 72-year-old Osborne died after a bull he was attempting to place into a stall charged a gate, which was not yet locked and knocked Osborne back, according to Mason County Sheriff Patrick Boggs.

When he fell, Osborne apparently received an injury to his head. Boggs said it did not appear that the bull had actually had any contact with Osborne.

“I was actually the first one on the scene, and it was rough, because I knew him,” said Boggs, who described Osborne as a “great, great man,” who was very involved in the church and was a gospel singer.

Steve’s note: Most of us know Shelby as the energy and personality behind Clear View Farms Appaloosas. As recently as the National Show in Oklahoma City, Shelby expressed the usual optimism and enthusiasm about the breed and our organization. To say he will be missed is pretty weak. Shelby was a consistently positive promoter and marketer. More importantly, he was a good man who inspired good feelings. Maybe we need to say we’ll not forget his contributions and we’ll try to be more like him.


  1. Judy Said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    Could you post an address for cards and memorials to be sent to the family? Shelby will be greatly missed and it would be nice if the appaloosa community could let the family know we are thinking of them…

  2. Steve Said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    We are assuming that condolences can be sent to the ranch address: Clear View Farms, 8177 Day Pike, Maysville, KY 41056.

  3. Tom Welch Said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    Shelby G. Osborne


    Maysville – Shelby G. Osborne, 72, passed away Monday, July 23, 2007 as the result of an accident on his Day Pike farm.

    Mr. Osborne was born in Lewis County on June 10, 1935 to the late Oscar and Eliza Jane Hook Osborne. He was a well-known insurance agent, serving as an agent for State Farm Insurance Co. since the 1960’s. He was an active member of the Seddon United Methodist Church where he served as worship director and was Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Gideon’s International, the Concord Masonic Lodge, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He loved gospel music and horses and was a lifetime member of the Appaloosa Horse Club.

    Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Wilson Osborne; one son, Shelby L. Osborne and his wife Brigid of Maysville; two daughters, Sabrina Osborne of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and Andi Ream and her husband Andrew of Maysville; two grandsons Tyler Ream and Dylan Osborne; one granddaughter, Aly Osborne; one sister Phyllis Stanfield and one brother Davie Osborne both of Tollesboro.

    Three brothers, Delmar, Wendell, and Lowell Osborne and one sister Wanda Rankin preceded him in death.

    Services for Shelby G. Osborne will be held Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Seddon United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Shoemaker and Rev. Mason Harrod officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Garden of Memories.

    Visitation will be after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Church.

    Pallbearers will be Tyler Ream, Dylan Osborne, Andrew Ream, Johnny Conley, Bill Dearing, David Best, Herb Doyle, Dale Irwin, Harry Sapp, and Raymond Bridges.

    In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Seddon United Methodist Church or the Gideon’s International.

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