Tuesday, August 1, 2006

William "Bill" A. Osman, 86, passed away July 30, 2006, at 1:28 a.m. at Clay County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Brazil. He was born Oct. 5, 1919, to Alva and Daisy (Hanson) Osman in the town of Picketsville, Champaign County, Ill.

Bill was a graduate of Drummer Township High School in Gibson City, Ill., in 1937. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and was assigned to the 11th Airborne in 1942 in Fort Knox, Ky. He later was stationed in Fort Benning, Ga., where he was trained to become a paratrooper. After training he was stationed in New Guinea and then sent to Luzon in the Philippines. While fighting for his country during World War II he was injured and received commendations including a Purple Heart, two bronze stars, and six other military awards.

For several years Bill was a jeweler in Astoria, Ill., and later retired as Postmaster at the Astoria, Ill., postal service.

Bill was a member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, and Moose Lodge.

Bill enjoyed calling Bingo at the VFW and was a coin collector. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends as well as his little dog Taco.

On May 11, 1947, Bill married Marion (Olson) Osman. She passed away on May 21, 2001. One Brother and one sister also preceded him in death.

Bill later married Thelma (Kysar) (Erickson) Osman, on Jan. 21, 2003. She survives.

Other survivors include his daughter, Carol Ann and husband Jerry Parkins; a sister, Georgianna Johnson; grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Doug Schrum, Deanna Parkins, Aaron Parkins and wife Cassandra; great-grandson, Derek Michael Schrum; step-daughter, Carolyn Gesler; stepgrandchildren, Paige Beal and husband Scott; Troy Beal and wife Nicolle, and Lainey Hawkins; stepgreat-grandchildren, Nathan Beal, Carson Beal, Christian Beal; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones.

Services will be held at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave. Brazil, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Richard Pippin officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home with American Legion and VFW services at 6:30. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.