George T. Osborne, age 83, of Cambridge died June 9, 2016 at Johanna Shores in Arden Hills. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 16th at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 408 3rd Street N., South St. Paul. Visitation one hour prior to the Mass at church and also from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. (Rosary at 7 P.M.) Wednesday, June 15th at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.
George Thomas Osborne was born June 10, 1932 at Cudahy, Wisconsin to McLain and Mathilda (Keiffer) Osborne. He was raised in Jefferson, Wisconsin. George served in the Navy as an aviation electronics technician during the end of the Korean Conflict, where he spent time stationed in locations such as Hawaii and Alaska. After serving in the Navy, George enrolled at the University of Wisconsin.
On June 18, 1955 he was united in marriage to Joan Probst. For a brief time, they made their home in Laramie, Wyoming, where George continued his schooling at the University of Wyoming. They later returned to Wisconsin to finish his electrical engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, they lived in St. Paul and then Rush City, MN for 19 years before moving to Cambridge, MN in 1993. They were blessed with 9 children. George’s wife Joan passed in 1995, and he was pretty lost without her but he somehow managed.
George was a very talented engineer, becoming head of the electrical engineering department at Univac at age 27. He is responsible for several important patents that led to technology we find commonplace today. He later started his own company, AmericanElectoData, a pioneer in the field of automated typesetting equipment.
George was a very devout Catholic all his life. He drove to South St Paul for Latin Mass most every Sunday and Holy days. Many Cambridge people saw him when he walked his dog Buster and then Lena, everyday and was praying his rosary as they walked.
George was a “workaholic” working many hours a week. He also enjoyed family gatherings, playing horseshoes and having a beer with friends and relatives.
George passed away June 9, 2016 at Johanna Shores in Arden Hills at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 30 days. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; son, David; daughter, Diane; and brother, James.
George will be lovingly remembered by his seven children; Cindy Osborne, Tom Osborne, Pauline (Chris) Sanders, Mary (Robin) Ogle, John (Elizabeth) Osborne, Theresa McNeil, and Daniel Osborne; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.