DANIEL OSSA Daniel Ossa, 96, died December 26, 2012 at Sonora Regional Hospital. Born in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, Daniel was the sixth of seven children born to August and Johanna (nee Fahlfeder) Ossa who had immigrated from Germany as an engaged couple. Daniel's mother died when he was three. His older sisters cared for him until, at the age of ten, his father was persuaded by church elders to send him and his younger brother to their church-sponsored orphanage in Flat Rock, Ohio. Being in that orphanage allowed Daniel to graduate from high school and saved him from going down into the coal mines with his father at the age of 14, for which he was always grateful. After high school graduation in 1935, Daniel hitchhiked to the Presidio of Monterey where he joined the 11th Cavalry, Troop F. That began his long military career which spanned the mounted cavalry, service in the Burma-China theater during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the beginning of U.S. involvement in Viet Nam, at which time he was stationed on Okinawa. Daniel is survived by his second wife, Janis Williams Ossa; his children Daniel W. Ossa and wife Bonnie of Richmond, Virginia; Patricia Ossa of Apple Valley, California and Cynthia Riemer of Thousand Oaks, California; grandchildren Deb and Danny Ossa of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania; Tom Williams and wife Stephanie of Apple Valley; Kelsey Riemer, who teaches English in Turkey, and Sam Riemer of Thousand Oaks, California; as well as his great-grand-children Kiaya Robinson-Wright and Chase and Brittney Williams. He is also survived by stepdaughters Erin Shim and Meegan Lucore, Meegan's husband Shane and their children Reata and Levi. His sister Helen Delaney of Niles, Ohio survived him by one day. Daniel was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline (nee Ballard) Ossa who grew up in the orphanage with him and waited for him to return from World War II, and an infant son Dale, as well as his parents and brothers and sisters Ralph, Lila, Alice, Helen and Edward. Interment with a graveside service and military honors will be at Riverside National Cemetery. Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in the Daily Press on Jan. 8, 2013