Osborne Eugene Gaines

HILLSBORO Osborne Eugene Gaines, age 85, of Hillsboro, the community of Marshall, passed away Saturday morning, January 19, 2013, at his home. He was born April 17, 1927, in Aberdeen, the son of the late Elmer and Mary (Hedges) Gaines. He was the youngest of nine children, including siblings Lorena, Ralph, Floyd, Herschel, Esther, Minnie, Olive and Harold, who all preceded him in death. He graduated from Georgetown, OH High School in 1945 and joined the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) on January 3, 1946 and retired from the United States Air Force on February 1, 1966 as a Master Sergeant. After working eighteen months at the Kennedy Space Center as an Electronic Technician and one year for the Air Force as a Radar Technician, he joined the Federal Aviation Administration as an Electronic Technician, retiring as Radar Unit Supervisor in May 1982 at the Dayton International Airport. After living in Fairborn for over thirty years, he moved to Hillsboro in September 1990 where he continued to live until his death. He is survived by three children, Jack Gaines and his wife Debbie of Indian Land, South Carolina, Anthony Gaines and his wife April of Arlington, Texas and Vadna Hull and her husband Gary of Round Rock, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Vickie Gaines of Hillsboro (community of Marshall), and Patricia Gaines of Enon; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his wife of forty-six years, Phyllis Ruth (Fiscus) Gaines, on January 8, 1996, and two sons, Robert Herschel Gaines in September 1998 and Lee Wayne Gaines in April 2012, and a granddaughter, Shannon Gaines. Funeral services will be 12:00 noon Wednesday January 23, 2013 at the Turner & Son Funeral Home in Hillsboro. The Highland County Honor Guard will present military honors immediately following the service at the funeral home. Burial will then follow in the Byron Cemetery in Fairborn. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 noon on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Awareness, 260 Stetson Street, Suite 2300, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0525. For more information or to access our on-line register please visit http://www.turnerfuneralhomes.cc/.