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Otto "Butch" Ossana


Otto J. "Butch" Ossana, 82, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Friday, June 21, 2024, at Advent Health Shawnee Mission.

The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26th at the Porter Funeral Home - 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 27th, and will be held at the Bedene Funeral Home - 517 E. Washington Ave., Arma, Kansas. Burial to follow at the Garden of Memories in Pittsburg, KS. Suggested memorials to Project Clear at Johnson County Community College - a program for special needs adults.

Butch was born on January 17, 1942, in Girard, KS, and was the son of Otto and Jessie (Timi) Ossana. Butch graduated from Arma High School in 1959, went on to graduate from Pittsburg State University in 1964, and was a proud member of Phi Sigma Fraternity. Throughout his years in school, he worked at his parent's restaurant, the Double O. He met the love of his life, Janice Simmons, at midnight one night in Fort Scott, KS. They went on to get married on June 29, 1963 in Arma. Butch began working for Firestone and continued working there for many years before retiring in 2006. He loved to dance, golf, fish, travel, and "go to the boats". While starting out as only a volunteer for Special Olympics, he eventually went on to become the coach for both basketball and softball. Butch found a passion for coaching and loved the relationships he built throughout the years. His love for sports showed in many ways as he was also certified to officiate basketball which he developed a passion for as well. His love continued once his grandchildren started participating in sports. Outside of his love for sports and cheering on his grandchildren, Butch enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. In fact, he was often described as "the life of the party".

Butch was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Bruce Allen Ossana.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jan, three children and their spouses, Gina and Bill Sublette, Tami and Richard Brooks, and Jason Ossana; seven grandchildren, Ryan Gorenc (Kayla Gorenc), Eric Gorenc (Caroline Gorenc), Anthony Sublette (Auni Sublette), Billy Sublette (Jill Sublette), Nichole Sublette, Jessica Brooks, and Jennifer Brooks; eight great-grandchildren; Jason Gorenc, Michael Gorenc, Harper LouAllen, Brady LouAllen, Jurni Sublette, Dustin Sublette, Dameon Workman, and Jade Sublette; brother and his wife, Jim, and Marlene Ossana; sister and her husband, Becky and Joe Leek; and numerous nieces and nephews.