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Henry William Osborne Obituary
Osborne, Henry William age 72, died peacefully at home in St. Louis surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Henry was born in Alton, Illinois, August 3, 1940 to Isaac and Violet Osborne. He is survived by his: beloved wife Sandra Osborne, Sarah Osborne, daughter, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Gary Williams, stepson, St. Louis, MO; Gina Williams, stepdaughter, Brooklyn, NY; and granddaughter Stephanie and husband Chad Courtois, great granddaughters Adelinn and Morgan all of St. Louis, MO; Brenda Allen, sister-in-law, Hannibal, MO; siblings: Kenneth Osborne, St. Louis, MO, Sheila Harper, Pamela Clemons, Karen Osborne, and Sharon Osborne all of Alton, Illinois; Uncle Robert Watkins and wife Jessie of Alton, Illinois; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Ceretta Osborne, Chicago, Illinois. Henry will be sorely missed by his canine family: T-Rex, Brad Pitt, Gracie and Zoe. Henry received a B.A. in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University and an M.A. in Sociology from Washington University. During his college years Henry was a civil rights activist and community organizer who marched on Selma with Stokley Carmichael; and a hippie who wrote poetry and went to Woodstock. A lifelong Democrat, Henry's last political action was voting for President Barack Obama from his hospital bed. Henry had a distinguished 30 year career as a therapist specializing in substance abuse. He worked at Lindell Hospital, Deaconess Hospital and retired from DePaul Hospital in 2003. Henry's larger than life personality and off color wit enabled him to connect with clients and make a real difference in the lives of so many he served. Henry was enjoying his retirement having conversations on the deck with his great-granddaughters Adelinn and Morgan. Watching countless hours of sports and his girlfriend Rachel Maddow, cooking up spicy dishes in the kitchen and a mean slab of ribs on the grill, tending his garden, daily walks with his dogs, and time at the family cabin in mid-Missouri when his life was cut short by cancer. On March 23rd we lost a kind, patient and gentle man who loved life and we are all the greater for knowing him. Thanks to Erin and Jay Diamond, Deb Stoddard, Sharron Fowler, and Seasons Hospice for your hearts of gold. Services: A remembrance of Henry's life will be held on Sunday, April 7th, 1p at Tower Grove Park, Humboldt South Pavilion; for directions visit TowerGrovePark.org. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, 2320 Pine St, St. Louis, MO 63103-2219.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mar. 31, 2013
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