Monday, May 17, 2010

Steve Osmonson

Stephen Vance "Steve" OSMONSON,
(Age 54)
Spokane Resident

Stephen came into this world June 15, 1955 in Seattle, WA. He passed into the next on May 9, 2010 in Spokane, WA, losing his battle to the hardships of life. He was a kind, loyal,gracious, generous man ofuncommon courage. "Part Texan and part Norwegian", he said. As the oldest son of Ron Osmonson and Carolyn Beasley Stephen learned early the value of hard work, perseverance and generosity to those less fortunate than himself. He always "stepped up to the plate" in his life, sacrificing his life to the needs of others, always done with a charitable and loving heart. Stephen graduated form Cheney High School in 1973. Star Linebacker, #68, for the Cheney Blackhawks. He joined the Air Force in March, 1974 and served until August, 1977. Following graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Denise Resen of Cheney, WA. While in the Air Force, he earned the honor of being the youngest man to have reached the rank of Sergeant in the Air Force, receiving a Letter ofRecognition and Commendation from the Base Commander. While in the Air Force he attended Flight Engineering School, earning the position of a Flight Engineer. He flew a C-141 aircraft while in service. His continuing education was in the field of his service and vocation. He married Geraldine Smith for a second time around in Spokane in 1983. Stephen enjoyed pro football. Ahistory student, he loved family gatherings, camping, swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, all sports, spending time with his brothers, a true heart, true grit Norwegian, to live, love, laugh and be happy, his Texas family and roots. Stephen is deeply mourned and survived by his family: three children,Stephen Michael Osmonson of Kennewick, WA, Kristina Pennington of Oak Grove, Kentucky, April Osmonson of Spokane; four grandchildren, HunterStephen, Stephen Tyler, Kaylie and Gracie Osmonson; his two brothers, Randy Osmonson and family of Spokane, David Osmonson of Seattle; his father, Ron and Judi Osmonson of Post Falls, ID; mother Carolyn Beasley of Spokane; as well as two nephews, Austin Lee and Christopher Osmonson; and "cousins by the dozens" throughout Washington, Texas, Minnesota and Arizona. Family, friends and co-workers will sorely miss Stephen and his one of a kindapproach to life, "Git it Done!" A memorial service will be held in Spokane at First Evangelical Free Church, 4920 N. Assembly on Friday, May 21, at 1 PM. Reception and dinner following the service at the church. All are welcome to attend. You will find Stephen's "World Peace" sign and message to the world on the Hatch Road in Loving Memory.

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