Osborne Jay Arlien, age 85, of Howard Lake, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center of Howard Lake.
He was born in Tokio, ND, and grew up near Pekin and Pleasant Lake.
Ozzie attended Rugby High school, graduating as class valedictorian.
He served in the US Army during World War II (Airborne) and participated in atomic testing in Nevada. As a member of the North Dakota National Guard and 164th Infantry, Ozzie was recalled for the Korean Conflict and later served in the 47th Div. MN National Guard until his retirement at the rank of major.
Ozzie graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in ag economics. He became national FFA vice-president, the first national officer from ND.
He taught agriculture in Elgin and Rolla, ND.
Ozzie became a salesman and general manager for Farm Bureau Service Co. before forming his own company, AM Chemical. He built plants in Dassel, Winthrop, and Truman, and was an executive with several plant food companies until settling on a farm near Howard Lake, where he raised registered Angus cattle.
Ozzie served Wright County as executive secretary, administrator, auditor/treasurer, and commissioner until his retirement in 1993.
After retirement, he continued to farm near Howard Lake. He was an avid hunter and marksman and loved target shooting with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Ruth Arlien; a brother, Raymond; sister-in-law Delores; and his wife, Dara.
Ozzie is survived by a daughter, Linda (Lennis); a son, Cort (Louise); grandchildren Sarah, Eric, and Matthew; a nephew John; and nieces Karen and Donna.
Visitation was Thursday, March 9 at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake from 4 to 7 p.m.
There was no funeral service. Interment was Friday, March 10 at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.