Inverness native Alfred B. Osterhout died July 24, 2013, in Harmony, Fla. His wife, Melony was by his side. He is survived by his sons, Dustin (Melissa) and Bryan and the joys of his life, his grandchildren, Carlee, Jaxsen, and Emmett. He is also survived by his siblings, Merrill and Julie and their families. His parents, Anna B. Osterhout and Gail M. Osterhout predeceased him.
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Alfred was born in Inverness in 1958. A 1976 graduate of Citrus High School, he received a degree in industrial-construction management from Colorado State University in 1981. Alfred was a principal in and CEO of Coastal Mechanical Services headquartered in Melbourne with five offices in the southeast until his retirement from day to day operations in 2009. He was also a principal in and vice president of Venture Management Group until his full retirement in 2012. Over his career with Coastal and VMG, he was involved in growing the business significantly and actively participated in 24 business acquisitions and start-ups, as well as eight real estate developments. Alfred was committed to producing leaders and quality craftsmen within the construction industry. He founded the Florida Department of Education Registered Apprenticeship Program in 2008, which has been named the ABO Apprenticeship program in his honor. The program is positively influencing and impacting future generations of tradesmen.
Alfred was a devoted and passionate proponent of quality health care in his community. He supported the charitable outreach of the Health First Foundation as a member of its Good Samaritan Club. In 2009 when the foundation launched a special campaign to bring cutting-edge electronic patient monitoring equipment to Brevard County, Alfred and his family chose to fund one of the monitors purchased for Holmes Regional Medical Center's intensive care unit. It is affectionately named "Carlee Care" after his granddaughter.
Alfred was a gun collector, and loved flying, being on the water, and playing golf. He enjoyed Gator football and gourmet cooking for family and friends.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. July 27, 2013, at the family's lake house at 6155 Lake Lizzie Drive, St. Cloud. The service will be followed by a time of sharing and celebrating Alfred's life. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Inverness. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Health First Foundation, 1350 South Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle from July 25 to July 27, 2013