William F. Osborn II

November 7, 1958 – October 12, 2019

William “Bill” F. Osborn II, 60, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Bill was born in Albuquerque, NM on November 7, 1958 to his parents, William and Gardner Osborn. He graduated from Stephen F Austin State University in Dec 1988 with a BS in Computer Science. Bill worked for Bryan ISD in Information Technology and then went on to Texas A&M Division of Finance.

After his retirement in 2007, Bill began providing tractor services and wildlife management services to local ranchers and hunters. Bill came to realize and joked with others that his John Deere (tractor) was his therapist. He was active in the community and donated his time and services to both Girl Scouts and Habitat for Humanity.

Bill enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and became the “Best dang G-Paw” you could ask for.

Bill will be sorely missed by all, from his caring acts, to his outrageous humor and stories which were to be believed at your discretion.

He is survived by Connie Hooks; his children, Thomas Osborn, Chester and Melanie Rekieta, Traci and Jeffrey Trant, Logan and Angy Hooks, and Kaitlyn Hooks; grandchildren, Isabella Christine and Paxton Luke-Michael Rekieta, Lillee Rae, Luke Randall, and Liam Rekieta Trant; sisters and their spouses, Maury and Tom Meyer, Cindy and Dale Parker, Chris and Dewayne Travelstead, Gardner and Larry Carlisle; nieces and nephews, Adam Parker, Alex and Hunter Travelstead, Kyle and Katy Carlisle; and a host of extended loving family members and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Food Pantry, the BCS Prenatal Clinic, or a charity of your choice.

Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Bill’s life from 5 to 7 PM Friday, October 18th at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, 3001 S. College Ave., Bryan, TX 77801.

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com


  1. My deepest condolences to the Osborn family. Bill was a wonderful person with a good soul. I am so sorry that he was taken so young. I know that Big Gardner is rejoicing in heaven now that she has her son with her. Prayers to you all for peace and comfort.

  2. Tommy, I am so very sorry for your loss. Know that you and in our prayers and if we can do anything to help, please let us know. Love you!

  3. My prayers that God grant the family peace and calm during your time of loss. They broke the mold when Bill was born, as he always lived life to the fullest no matter what he was doing. I will hold dear the volumes of memories I have of growing up just down the street from Little Bill as we affectionately called him. Rest In Peace my friend, you will be sadly missed but always remembered.

  4. Bill was a dear and sweet man. I knew him as a student at BHS, baseball umpire for little league, co-worker, and friend.

    He will truly be missed. Charles and I are saddened by his passing. God Bless.

    Dena Frieda

  5. My deepest condolences to Connie and Bill’s entire family. Bill was a good man. He was was a hoot and so fun to be around. I know you will dearly miss him. I so sorry for your loss.
    Deanna Patterson, CSISD Business Office

  6. “Little Bill” was truly one of a kind. Knowing all of the Osborn family for more than 30 years, I can attest to what great people they were. Little Bill was one of the kindest, happiest and honest people I ever knew. I am sure he will be missed by many. May God bless the entire family during their time of grieving of their loss.

  7. I really miss getting to see all the Osborns whom I have known since1969 when we all lived in Dallas. Such a pleasure to have had time with Gardner and Bill Sr. and the kids again here in Bryan.
    Hugs to all and to Connie! I hope Little Bill’s passing was peaceful – his death is much too early!

  8. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. We all will miss his great smile, laughter, and kind heart. My sincerest condolences to all the family and loved ones.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I knew him only on social media for the past few years, but I like to think that we became good friends. I will miss his humor, his great kindness, and above all his intelligence. There aren’t many like him. May God give him peace.

  10. So, where do I start….Bill Osborn made you feel like you were the only person on the planet, when he saw you. He made you feel like a rock star. He met you with a big smile and a huge hug…He was the sweetest person I ever knew. He was always happy and always laughing. He would always give me an update on all his adventures when I would bump into him. Then he would name all his children, grandchildren and I would hear all about his parents and the ranch. My Dad, Paul Crawford was best friends with his parents, Bill and Gardner Osborn. They were always wishing success on all of us kids. You knew that Little Bill, Big Bill and Gardner, were always in our corner. We will miss Little Bill and the feeling he gave you when he saw you, like you were really amazing and oh so important. There is no replacing this guy! We love you little Bill and Big Bill and Gardner! I hope your in heaven having coffee thinking up oil deals with my Dad!. We miss you. Patricia Crawford pfromtexas@yahoo.com

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