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Thomas A. Osterhaug


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Thomas A. Osterhaug Obituary
Thomas A. Osterhaug

1925 ~ 2014

Tom Osterhaug, a man of many talents, passed away in Seattle on July 11 after a long illness. He leaves behind his wife Twyla with whom he shared his life for over 61 years. Tom was born in Seattle, the forth of six children of Norwegian immigrants, Einar and Josephine Osterhaug.

From the time he was a boy there was nothing that Tom could not make or fix. His passion for electronics, HAM radio and boat building stayed with him his entire life. He made his first sailboat when he was 12. Like many in his generation high school was cut short and he left to serve as a radio operator in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

Later he went back to college and attended the University of Washington and then Seattle University where he met his Canadian bride Twyla Lucas. They married in 1952 after Tom completed his Army service in the Signal Corps in Georgia. Tom's career included challenging work assignments installing and designing communications systems working for the Alaska Communications Systems (ACS) and later for the Army Corps of Engineers. He especially enjoyed his work with ACS and spent time in the Aleutians and other remote Alaska locations establishing some of the first reliable communication links for these towns and villages. Tom had many adventures in the north county and stayed lifetime friends with many of his ACS coworkers.

Tom and Twyla built a home on Seattle's Salmon Bay soon after they married where they raised three daughters. The family enjoyed the beach and boating in Puget Sound and Canadian waters. Tom and Twyla spent summer days on the "Rachel S.", the sailboat Tom built after retiring. Friends and family have fond memories of joining them on these adventures.

Tom will be missed by many for his strong spirit and unique approach to life. The saying if "if I don't have it, you don't need it" must have been started by Tom as he had every tool anyone could ever need.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, August 10 from 3 -6 pm at the Blue Ridge Community Club, 10040 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98177. Tom's family includes his wife, Twyla, daughters; Theresa Shrewsbury (Ric), Brenda Osterhaug (Scott March), Claudia DeGagne (Richard) and seven grandchildren, Rachel, Lauren, Devin, Wyatt, Lucas, Alex and Natalie.

The family is very grateful to the wonderful and caring staff at the Bayview Health Center on Queen Anne Hill and to Providence Hospice.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Seattle Center for Wooden Boats.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 20 to Aug. 3, 2014
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