Donald “Don” Arthur Osberg, age 93, of Cokato, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
A memorial service will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Keith Carlson will officiate at the service. Harvey Peterson will be the organist. Soloist Sheldon Hedin will sing “How Great Thou Art,” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Special music will be “The Wonder Of It All” by James Schattauer. “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” will be the congregational hymn.
Interment will be Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis
Honorary bearers are Stefanie Stevenson-Cohen, Amon Osberg, Brian Stevenson, Anthony Osberg, Derek Osberg Sabrinna Osberg, Elianah Cohen, Emma Cohen, Nathan Cohen, Lyda Osberg, and Margaret “Maggie” Stevenson.
Military honors will be provided by Cokato American Legion Honor Guard.
Donald was born Aug. 19, 1919, in Minneapolis, the son of George and Mae (Bollman) Osberg. He was baptized at the Lamson Church, and confirmed at the Mission Covenant Church, both in Dassel.
Don grew up in the Dassel area, and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1937. After graduation, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, and worked in Akeley, MN.
Don entered active military service in the US Marine Corps Dec. 5, 1944, and served his country during World War II, where he participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian. He received an honorable discharge May 27, 1946.
Don was united in marriage to Fay Wischmann July 15, 1955, at the Lutheran church in Dassel. They lived in Michigan for a short time, then moved to Belgrade, MN, and later moved to Cokato, where Don resided with his wife for 57 years.
After the service, Don went into sales work, where he remained for the rest of his working years.
He was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge and Zuhrah Shrine Temple, and was currently a member of Hutchinson American Legion Post 96, Cokato American Legion Post 209, Litchfield VFW Post 2818, and the Disabled American Veterans.
Don and Fay spent winters in Florida and Arizona for 18 years, doing craft shows and flea markets.
Don enjoyed playing golf, bowling, fishing, and reading. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.
He will be deeply missed by all.
Don is survived by his wife, Fay Osberg of Cokato; daughter Cathy Stevenson of St. Paul; son Walter Osberg and his wife, MaryLou of Collinsville, AL; grandchildren Stefanie Cohen and her husband, Paul; Brian Stevenson and his wife, Stephanie; Amon Osberg, Anthony Osberg, and Derek Osberg and his wife, Erin; six great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Eddie Lohse and his wife, Lola; and Stan Varland; a sister-in-law, Grace Osberg; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mae Osberg; stepfather Enoch Anderson; brothers Kenneth Osberg, Merlyn Osberg and his wife, Louise; and Lowell Osberg; and a sister, Janet Varland.
Arrangements are with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.