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OSBORN, JOHN EDWARD May 7, 1922 to October 8, 2012 With family holding his hand and offering heartfelt prayers, John Edward Osborn of San Diego, CA, passed away peacefully from natural causes at home at the age of 90. A lifelong lover of learning and dedicated family man, John was born to John and Emma Osborn in East St. Louis, IL, with siblings, Lois, June, and Marjorie. At age eight, the family arrived in Coronado, where John quickly embraced what would happily become his adopted hometown.* As a young man, he worked pedaling a bike shop advertisement around the idyllic island and bagging groceries at the Piggly Wiggly. All his life, he would fondly recall those serene years of youth: fun summer days down on the Strand; learning to sail on Glorietta Bay and surf at North Beach; and savoring tasty malted milks at the Central Drug Store after the big game. In June 1940, John joined the United States Navy and served his country honorably in World War II, sustaining wounds on Guadalcanal in the Pacific Theater. Returning home from war, he worked as a fireman before enrolling at San Diego State University and later transferring to the University of San Francisco, where he graduated in 1950. A voracious reader, John never lost his passion for educating himself and others. In 1949, John met the love of his life, Constance Diane Marshall, at the wedding of his sister, June, and they were married on December 23, 1950 - the best early Christmas gift John could ever ask for. Within a decade, John and Connie had six children and were founding parishioners, in 1955, of St. Therese Catholic Church in the Allied Gardens neighborhood. Faithful in his enduring commitment to civic service, John started working at San Diego City Schools in 1951 as a teacher at Lincoln High. He soon obtained a Master's degree in counseling from Arizona State University and became a district counselor. For more than three decades, he inspired and comforted generations of students. To make ends meet and provide the best for his family, he sold real estate locally during summers. And as a hearty believer in the American Dream, he also selflessly worked nights, teaching immigrants U.S. history to help them pass their citizenship tests. Following his retirement in 1983, John and Connie eased into their golden years as contented parents, grandparents, and, soon enough, great-grandparents to family both near and far who doted on Pops* and Mimi.* With an avid curiosity and a trusty set of motorhome wheels, they traveled the nation and beyond, sampling new experiences and making friends wherever they went. Ultimately, though, all roads eventually led back to the place they loved the most - San Diego, with its picturesque beaches and John's beloved Chargers. Indeed, even as he braved illness with great dignity in his final years, John long had the perfect temperament of an ideal San Diego day: warm, sunny, easy-going, and a complete delight to be around. Connie passed away in April of 2000 and John now joins her at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, where they will enjoy for eternity a westward view of that setting San Diego sunshine. He is loved by many and will be dearly missed. John leaves behind six children who feel blessed to have had him in this life for so long: John (and wife, Megan) Osborn of Salem, OR; Ken (and Paula) Osborn of Boulder, CO; Emy (and Jim) Serazio of Tucson, AZ; Joel (and Sherrie) Osborn of Salem, OR; Joan (and John) Rogers of San Diego, CA; and Dean Osborn of Arlington, TX. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, along with his sister June (and Jack) Tillotson of Sacramento, CA, his sister-in-laws, Kathy Eckert of Valley Center, CA, and Mary Janice Marshall of Acton, MA, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Sharp Hospice for their extraordinary care and concern during his last days of life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Sharp HospiceCare, 5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 or a . A memorial Mass in celebration of John's life will be held Friday, November 30th, at 11 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 6061 Camino Rico, San Diego, CA 92120. Private services for interment at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery at a later date. Website link: Most of all, John will be missed by his six children as he was the most amazing father and friend. His unconditional love and support has left a huge hole in all of our hearts.

Published in U-T San Diego on Oct. 19, 2012
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