Jack Osborne, Tom Osborne’s younger brother, killed in car crash

Member of the Board of Trustees, Honorary Trustee, Athletic Hall of Famer.. These are just a few title’s John Osborne had in the Hastings community.

“A couple weeks ago I spent the better part of the morning with Jack and Justin and feels like we certainly lost a very valuable friend and mentor and not only that of the college but the community at large,” said Hastings College Foundation, Gary Freeman.

John C. Osborne, the younger brother of legendary Husker football coach Tom Osborne was killed in a car crash Sunday night in Adams County.

According to the Adams County Sheriffs Office, 78-year-old Osborne, of Hastings, was traveling south on Juniata Avenue when he failed to yield at a stop sign.

At about 7:50 p.m. Osborne collided with a vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 6. That vehicle was driven by 19-year-old Dariana Burr of Juniata.

 Osborne was killed in the crash. Burr was not seriously injured.

The Sheriffs Office said both Osborne and Burr were wearing seat belts.

Jack was a well known business man in Hastings and had ties to the college there.

In 1999, the Osborne’s lead the effort in building a football field. College officials said this project started a new era of expansion.

“We had the Morrison Reeves Science Center and of course the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, but really brought the college into the next century in terms of facilities and probably more importantly this particular facility has been used as a model for many small colleges,” said Freeman.

Freeman said Jack and the family had scholarships in which they funded and they recently spoke about carrying them out in the future.

“We’ll never forget the legacy he and the family has continued to provide for our wonderful institution,” said Freeman.

Hastings College officials said this message was sent out to the campus Monday:

“Hastings College has learned that John C. “Jack” Osborne ’63, who served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2004, and was currently an Honorary Trustee, passed away following an automobile accident last night (October 28). Osborne, the CEO of Industrial Irrigation, was inducted into the Pro Rege Society in 2007 and, in 1990, was inducted into the Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the father of current Trustee Justin C. Osborne. “

Coach Scott Frost also started his press conference on Monday by expressing condolences to the Osborne family.

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