Hugh Painter Osborne Jr., an 18-year resident of Valley, passed away on Oct. 27, 2012 in Spokane at the age of 74. Hugh was born on Dec. 19, 1937 in Binghamton, NY, the son of Hugh Painter and Ada (Phillips) Osborne.
He moved often while growing up because of his fatherâ€™s work as an officer in the U.S. Army. Hugh graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1956 and began college. In 1958, he entered the U.S. Army and served for two years and then reÂ¬turned to college as an â€śAggieâ€ť at Texas A&M.
On Oct. 7, 1961, Hugh married Priscilla â€śPerkyâ€ť F. Hudon at St. Bernardâ€™s Catholic Church in Ione. Hugh was reinstated to active service as a result of the Berlin Crisis and was stationed at Ft. Lewis until 1963. Hugh then took a job for Seattle City Light, working on the Boundary Dam Project before relocating to Moscow, Idaho, where he completed his education at the University of Idaho in 1968.
He and Perky began their family with the addition of their son, Joe, in 1965 and their daughter, Martha, in 1968. ToÂ¬gether they moved to Renton, where Hugh worked for an engiÂ¬neering firm for two years. He continued engineering with his return to Seattle City Light in 1972 and the family relocated to Seattle. With over 22 years under his belt, Hugh began his reÂ¬tirement in 1994. He and Perky moved to their retirement home in Valley, where he worked as an independent contractor until his passing.
Hugh enjoyed snow skiing and shared this passion for over 25 years as a Ski Patrolman at Snoqualmie Pass and then for three years at 49 Degrees North. For many years, he coached Little League baseball and was actively involved with the Knightâ€™s of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight, and American Legion Post no. 54 in Chewelah. Hugh shared his faith as a Lector at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. A proud patriot, Hugh served on the Stevens County Republican Central Committee as an executive board member.
Hugh passionately followed his interests. He was a straight shooter, often energetically sharing his thoughts and convicÂ¬tions. He loved and was loved by many who shared his interests and life. A loyal friend, a good father, and an awesome grandÂ¬father, he gave of himself without restraint. His lived a full and active life, and will be greatly missed by many.
Hugh was preceded in death by his father, Hugh Painter OsÂ¬borne, and by his mother, Ada (Phillips) Osborne.
He is survived by his wife, Perky, at the home; son, Joe OsÂ¬borne and wife, Rhonda, Seattle;; daughter, Martha Osborne and husband, Robert Anderson, Mandeville, Louisiana; grandÂ¬children, Joseph Jr., Helene and Carissa Osborne, Jennifer, Katherine, Victoria, Teresa and Madeline Anderson; brother, Samuel Osborne and wife, Nancy, Chapel Hill, NC; sister, Susan Girth and husband, Joseph, Oklahoma City, OK, many nieces, nephews and a host of extended family.
A Rosary was held Nov. 2, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial Nov. 3 both at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Valley. The graveside service and vault interment followed the Mass at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Cemetery in Valley.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Memorial contributions may be given to either the Knight of Columbus 4th Degree Chapter of the Unborn or the Chewelah American Legion Post no. 54.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.