Lloyd Osborn


Lloyd Osborn
Oct. 25, 1925 - Jan. 28, 2012

Lloyd was born to Onis and Edith Osborn Oct. 25, 1925, at home in Chamberlain, S.D. He passed away Jan. 28, 2012, at age 86. Lloyd was the youngest of nine children. Lloyd lived in South Dakota until 1932 when the family moved to Thorp, Wash. Lloyd could remember riding his horse to school and the very cold winters in South Dakota. Sometimes he would wake in the morning with snow on his bed. Lloyd attended school in Thorp and graduated from Thorp High School in 1943. During his school days he played basketball on the varsity team, which competed for the state title during his senior year.

In 1943 Lloyd was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan after the surrender. After returning home from Japan, Lloyd entered Central Washington University under the GI bill and graduated with a degree in education in 1950. During this time he met and married his wife, Oletta Osborn (Dees). They were married in 1947. Lloyd and Oletta had celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past September. In 1957 Lloyd returned to CWU and earned his master's degree in education. Lloyd's first teaching job out of college was in the Clallam Bay school district. During this time he also drove a school bus and coached football and basketball.

In 1953 Lloyd/Oletta and family moved to Walla Walla. Lloyd took a job in the Walla Walla school district as a teacher of math and shop at Pioneer Junior High. From there he became vice principal at Garrison Junior High until his retirement in 1982. During this time he coached football and basketball. He was also involved in refereeing high school sports, mainly football and basketball. Lloyd was in the Army Reserves and retired as a major in 1999. Lloyd loved new cars, horses, salmon fishing, hunting for mushrooms in the mountains and teasing his many students whom he came to know during his teaching career. He made quite an impression on his students and was loved by many. It was hard to walk down the Walla Walla fairgrounds mall without being stopped by former students wanting to know how he was doing. They also wanted to let him know what had been happening in their lives. After retirement, Lloyd and Oletta moved to Sequim, Wash., and stayed there until 1989. From there they moved to Gig Harbor, Wash.

He is survived by his wife, Oletta Osborn; three children, Beverly Osborn, Donna Pederson (Kevin), Sherri Osborn-Rosemont (Ron); five grandchildren, Chad Dodd, Travis Dodd (Margo), Cody Pederson (Sarah), Collin Pederson, Chelsea Pederson; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Susan, proceeded him in death. Lloyd will be remembered by his family and friends at a gathering at the family home. xx


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