Virgle LeeRoy Osborne passed away at his home on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the age of 84.He was born on December 10, 1924, in Rupert, Arkansas, to Larkin and Bertha (Franklin) Osborne. His mother died during childbirth in 1926. His dad remarried Dessa Sumners. Virgle had two brothers, Ralph and Tim and one sister, Etta Mae. Growing up in Arkansas he lived with his grandparents, John and Hilah Osborne, then with his dad, and then with his Aunt Dora Vaughn. At the age of 19, Virgle enlisted in the United States Army. He received basic training at Ft Knox and completed AIT school in the Arizona desert as part of the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion. He sailed out of the New York Harbor aboard the SS Marine Eagle in March of 1944, landing in Bristol, England. He took part in the Normandy Invasion, was involved in the Battle of Ardeen in Belgium, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned the Combat Infantry medal, the Good Conduct medal, and the Unit Bronze Star. He was also a part of the Special Forces unit serving as an Ammunition Handler and a Machine Gunner. Upon returning from World War II, he married Esther Marie Bixler on June 1, 1946, in Scotland, Arkansas. Virgle and Marie grew up and went to school together. He was also good friends with her older brother, Wilburn. When he returned from the war, he said that as soon as he saw Marie again he knew that she was the one. They moved from Arkansas to southern California, to Coquille, Oregon before settling in Winston, Oregon in July of 1957 and were married for 56 years until her passing on June 30, 2002. Virgle worked for Winston Paving Company, Roseburg Lumber, Oregon State Hwy Department and the City of Winston. He was a past commander and active member of the Amos R Osborne VFW post #9745 in Winston and was a member of the Moose Lodge in Roseburg for many years. Virgle was an avid hunter and fisherman and outdoorsman who loved sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with his kids and grandkids. Virgle is survived by his children, Jim Osborne of Beaver Marsh, Oregon; Reca Ellington and her husband, Tommy of Winchester, Oregon; Rita Dale of Roseburg, Oregon; Virgle Jr Osborne and his wife, Toni of Lookingglass, Oregon; Virginia Slater of Lake Oswego, Oregon; and son, Andy Osborne and Heather of Winston, Oregon. Eleven grandsons, James Wade Osborne; Aaron (Crystal) and Josh Bennett; Bill (Tammy), Ben (Tammy), and Frank Couey; Amos (Lacey) Hunter; Jacob Dale; Josiah and Justin Slater; Jarren Osborne. Sixteen great-grandchildren, Samantha and Dillon Couey; Adia Hunter; Kaleb McClendon; Kayla and Tyler Barker; Wyatt and Wylie Osborne; Kaleb, Seth, and Xander Bennett; Wylie Couey; Bradley, Sahara, Mike, and Brandon Couey. He is also survived by his brothers, Ralph Osborne and his wife, Betty of Yoncalla, Oregon; Tim Osborne and his wife, Adeline of Stanwood, Washington; his sister, Etta Mae McCaslin of Florence, Oregon, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and many, many friends. Virgle was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; a son, Amos who was killed in the Vietnam War while serving our country; a daughter, Hilah Jane; and an infant son. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 26, 2009, at the Winston Church Of Christ with Johnie Hicks officiating. Interment will follow at the Roseburg Memorial Gardens with military rites by the VFW District Twelve Honor Guard.
Friends may pay their respects on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Taylor's Family Chapel.
Virgle Osborne was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
We love you Dad, forever and always.