“We have had a wonderful life together” was what Ruth said about their 65 years of marriage with husband, Fred. They both passed in February — Fred passed Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, and Ruth, 12 days later on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
Ruth Lois Brodsky was born in July 1923 in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the town of Newell. She lived there until she entered nursing school at the University of Minnesota in 1942.
Upon graduation, Ruth moved to Miami, Fla., and took a job as an obstetrical nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Fredric Hurl Osborne was born in January 1918 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His family moved to Grants Pass, Ore., where Fred enjoyed his childhood. He attended Oregon State University and studied in the School of Forestry. Fred joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 after the outset of World War II. In his four years of service, Fred flew in the Pacific theatre and Africa. He left the service and maintained his flight status with the Air Force Reserves at the rank of Major.
Fred and Ruth met on a blind date in Miami and married on January 9, 1948.
They lived in Columbia, South America for five years where Fred was a pilot for a cargo delivery company. They moved to San Rafael in 1952 and shortly afterwards bought the Avalon motel in Paso Robles. They operated the business for 27 years and raised three children, Susan, Gary and Fred Jr.
They retired from the business and built their retirement home in Paso Robles in which they lived out their lives.
Both Fred and Ruth were active and long-time parishioners of the Plymouth Congregational Church. Fred was also active in the Paso Robles Kiwanis and local Boy Scout troop, while Ruth sang in the church choir and was very active in the AAUW organization.
“Ozzie and Pumpkin,” as they called each other for 65 years, are survived by their daughter, Susan Fisher of Pleasanton; son, Gary Osborne of Highland Village, Texas; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Their son, Fred Osborne Jr. passed away in 1995.
A memorial service to celebrate Fred and Ruth’s lives will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Plymouth Congressional Church, 1301 Oak St. in Paso Robles, followed by a reception in the church hall.
A private burial service will be held at the Paso Robles District Cemetery prior to the memorial service.
Many thanks to Central Coast Hospice for their respectful and loving care of Fred and Ruth and remaining family during their final days.
For the complete article see the 04-12-2013 issue.
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