Born on June 24th, 1937, on the family homestead in Scio, Dale was the only child of Clarence and Elda Osborn. He spent his boyhood years in Albany prior to the family moving to Milwaukie where Dale attended Milwaukie High School, graduating in 1955.

Dale showed interest in many vocations in his early years, spending time studying engineering at Portland State College and music at Lewis and Clark College, selling boats and cars, and working with his father at the lumber and plywood company in Milwaukie.

In 1960, Dale met JoAnn Anderson at the wedding of a close friend, and after three dates he asked JoAnn for her hand in marriage. The two were married in July of 1962. Their daughter Dalene arrived in 1963, and Jolynn followed three years later.

In 1965, Dale accepted a position with Firestone Tire as a management trainee. The job brought with it the opportunity to relocate to Astoria, and in the summer of 1965 the family moved from Portland to Astoria.  He later spent time working for New York Life Insurance and as a volunteer and a teacher’s aide at Astor Elementary School before finally retiring in 2000.

Dale struck a tall pose in the Astoria community over the years, and was involved in many church and civic functions. He served for a time as President of the local Kiwanis Club, and acted as official host to the commanders of the visiting U.S. Navy ships during the Astoria Regatta. He spent many years as part of the Astoria Clowns, where he showed his unique gift to connect with young people. Reflecting his lifelong interest in supporting schools and education, he was an active member of the Retired Educators Association. His compassion, humor, and fair-mindedness made Dale a well-respected and much loved member of the community.

Dale loved boats, water and the beach. He enjoyed many good times fishing at Clear Lake, camping at Detroit Lake, and spending time along the Oregon coast that was his home. He greatly enjoyed music, played violin and accordion, and spent time teaching music to school children.

Dale is survived by his wife of 51 years, JoAnn; his daughter Dalene Osborn and her husband Wade Bornhoft of Everett, WA, and his grandson Zachary. Dale was an only child, but was particularly close to JoAnn’s siblings, Richard Anderson of Beaverton and Robert and Carolyn Anderson of Portland. “Uncle Dale” held a special bond with each of his eight nieces and nephews. We are all “So Sad” to see Dale go. 

With his passing Dale is now reunited with his youngest daughter, Jolynn.

A celebration of his life is planned for September 28, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Astoria First Assembly of God, 1775 7th Street, Astoria, Oregon. Pastor James Hamar will preside. A reception at the church will follow the service.

A tax deductible contribution in Dale’s name can be made to the North Coast Symphonic Band, care of Judy Shatto, 35185 Orchard Ln, Astoria, Oregon, 97103.

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