• Osie Lee Bearden

    23 Sep 2017

  • Sedan – Osie Lee Bearden, age 63, of Independence, Kansas passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017 at his home in Independence.

    Osie was born on May 25, 1954 in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to Billie David Bearden and Alberta Pauline (Petty) Bearden.   Osie grew up in Altoona and graduated from Altoona High School.  After high school, he moved to Denver, CO where he worked as a juvenile correction officer before moving to Union City, PA to assist in church ministry.  Later in life, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Counseling through Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Evansville, Indiana.

    On April 18, 1981 he married Jolene Beth Roth in Union City, Pennsylvania.  They lived in Ottumwa, Iowa for five years before moving back to Altoona, Kansas for a brief time. Then they lived in Sedan for 10 years and moved on to Arkansas City where Osie was working at the Winfield Correctional Facility in Prison Ministry.  In 2006, there arose an opportunity to begin a new prison ministry near Little Rock, AR where Osie was instrumental in changing the lives of countless men in service for the Lord.  In 2009, Osie and Jolene moved back to Kansas, settling in Independence.  Osie’s passion was working with people as a Biblical Counselor.  He established a “New Hope” counseling center and loved counseling people about God’s Word.

    Osie was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Independence.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandkids, Hattie and Nicholas.  He ultimately loved the Lord his Savior and served “others.”  

    Osie is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jolene Bearden of the home in Independence, Kansas; one son, Billy Bearden of Winfield, Kansas; one daughter, Bethany Leach and husband Nathan of Austin, Texas; one brother, Paul Bearden of Buffalo, Kansas; three sisters, Vicki Barrett of Mulvane, Kansas, Julie Quanstrom of Neodesha, Kansas, and Jeanne Wasson of Dyersburg, Tennessee; his father-in-law, Owen Roth of Washington, Iowa; two grandchildren and many other friends and family.

    Osie was preceded in death by his parents.

    Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene (3167 S. 10th Street) in Independence, Kansas with Pastor Darren Melton of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating.  A private inurnment will be held at the Altoona Cemetery in Altoona, Kansas.

    The family has suggested memorial contributions to “Victory in the Valley”- please, write in check’s memo for the Independence Chapter (this is cancer support group that Osie helped to start and meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month 6:30 pm at the First Church of the Nazarene) or the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.  Those contributions may be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.








    So sorry for you loss. Osie was a good man. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayer. God Bless


    Sending prayers to you and your family. Osie spent his life in the service of others--a testament to a life well-lived.


    Just wanted all the family know we are thinking of you guys. He was such a great man,like none other i have ever met. Hope every one is doing OK . God bless you all and we miss you.


    Vicki, thinking of you and family. memories of such a nice family.


    Those who were helped by Osie, those whose life he touched, those of us who knew him, and knew of his good works mourn his death. A card l saw had a printed message that said, "A bird flies away, but his song stays behind." We remember the song Osie left behind, and we remember that it was of his good works, his love of God and of his fellow man. Rest in Peace, Osie; you will be missed.


    I am so sorry for the lose of Osie. But I know he is not in any pain anymore and is resting in the arms of Jesus. He is counting all those stars in his crown that Jesus has given him. Love and Prayers to all Martha