The Washington Times-Herald

November 8, 2013

Richard 'Dick' Osha

Feb. 26, 1930 - Nov. 6

---- — Richard ‘Dick’ Osha

Feb. 26, 1930 - Nov. 6, 2013

Dick Osha, a devoted husband, loving father, extraordinary grandpa, papaw, and “boom-pa” passed on Wednesday. He had traveled the globe as a veteran, mined the countryside of Glendale, beautified the landscape as a gardener, and repaired everything from broken cars to broken hearts.

He had a long time membership with the American Legion, and enjoyed being on the winning end of the weekly drawing from time to time. A life-long coffee drinker, Dick enjoyed the morning gossip with his friends at the White Steamer over a cup of hot coffee with a half package of Sweet and Low and a fold over egg sandwich on white bread. Occasionally he would sneak in a bite of pancake if one of his kids or grandkids ordered one of the golden treats.

He loved his wife Wilma Osha, who he adored and shared over 62 years of friendship and love. Out of that devotion, Dick spread that love to his daughter Debbie Brown (Mike) of Washington, son Michael Osha (Nona) of Orlando, Fla., and son Steve Osha (Elaine) of Washington. He shared his love of fishing, gardening, and all of the hobbies that were popular over the years. Some of his favorite memories have been spent on the water using his “Lucky 13” lure to skunk anyone that was fortunate enough to share a seat in the boat with him.

All that knew Dick admired him. He was a hard worker who wouldn’t leave a job until it was completed his way, the right way. His love of fixing things extended from making sure the coal mine’s machines kept running to putting finishing touches on the doghouse for his feisty beagle Max. Never letting his love for gardening go away, Dick provided “mums” for years for many of us to make our yards beautiful as the leaves begin to turn and fall to the ground; however, the peppery smells from a gardenia bush and beautiful colors of orchids were his favorites.

Dick was a friend of everyone and was recognized the minute he strolled into his destination. He always wore one of his many favorite hats, especially his “Old Guys Rule” cap. His glasses sat snug to his face held up by his wide grin that always let out a warm greeting. Even from afar, you could tell that he was around. As he always had on a grey t-shirt with a pocket for his notebooks, to the flannel shirts and cargo pants that complemented his relaxed style of life. If you ever had a question, he was there to give you the answer, and if he did not know the answer, he would write it down in the notebook he carried in his pocket.

An adventurous man, Dick began his latest journey with family by his side. He was resting peacefully as the day started with a magnificent rainbow that raised from his childhood home on Sunnyside Road, where his parents Alcy and Ernest (both deceased), raised Dick, Rita his sister, and his brother Charles (deceased). The vibrant rays cast over the town where he raised his family. The day ended with a soft breeze that rustled his favorite front-porch chimes as he was surrounded at his bedside by loving family.

His wife, daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren will celebrate Dick’s life along with the rest of his friends that have had the opportunity to be around him. We want you to be a part of this celebration of his life.

The celebration will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Gill Funeral Home. Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Gill Funeral Home and conclude at New Veale Creek Cemetery.

Dick was fortunate to have a great family and great individuals that helped him make this journey peaceful. If you would like to make a contribution to a memorial fund, the family asks that you direct them to Gentiva Hospice.

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