14 October, 1935 – 1 January, 2021
Harold A. and Shirley J (Hudgins) Osburn, of Beavercreek, Ohio, both passed away in the early morning of Friday, January 1, 2021, in Dayton, Ohio, Harold was 88 years old and Shirley was 85 years old and both of their deaths were due to COVID-19.
Harold, who went by Hal, and Shirley celebrated 66 years of marriage on Dec. 18, 2020. As was appropriate of their love and devotion to each other and their 66+ years together, they passed away about one hour apart. Harold passed away around 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at Hospice of Dayton, and Shirley passed around 7:30 a.m., at the Post Acute Medical Unit of Sycamore Hospital in Miamisburg. Even though it wasn’t planned, their family and friends feel they died as they lived, as close together as possible.
Hal grew up in the Greenpoint Avenue area of New York City and joined the United States Air Force upon graduating from high school. Shirley grew up on a farm outside Pittsburg, Texas, and took a job as a secretary in Houston, Texas, upon graduating high school. They met in Houston when Hal was stationed there for the Air Force, and they married near Houston on Dec. 18, 1954.
Hal served 20 years as a U.S. Air Force officer, attaining the rank of Major. He was a Navigator on B-47 and B-58 airplanes. He served a combat tour from December 1968 to January 1970 in the Vietnam War as an on-the-ground advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. He then had a second, 20+-year career with Burger King restaurants in the Dayton area, rising from night store manager in Fairborn to the General Manager of eight stores in Dayton. In both of his successful career’s, he served with honor and integrity. Hal loved to play golf with his son Ron and also, after his retirement, with The Blitz group of military retirees at the Prairie Trace Golf Course at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He especially enjoyed playing with his son Ron and Ron’s friends on dozens of golf courses between Northern Kentucky and Bryan, Ohio. He was also a regular participant for 10 years at the retired military golf tournament in Myrtle Beach, where the extended family gathered for vacations.
Shirley was a lifelong homemaker and her door was always open for family and friends. She was an expert gardener and took great provide in her annual flower garden in the backyard of her home. Having grown up on a farm in East Texas, Shirley could identify almost any tree, shrub, plant of flower, nor matter the temperate zone.
Shirley is predeceased by her parents, Joe Wiley and Veatrice Hudgins, and her older brother, Raymond Hudgins.
Hal was predeceased by his parents, William and Elizabeth (McNamee) Osburn; nephew, William “Billie,” and brother Andrew Osburn.
Hal and Shirley are survived by their son, Ron Osburn, of Stryker, Ohio; daughter, Michele Reisenwitz, and her finacee Ken Tallman, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; grandchildren Faith Osburn, of Yellow Springs, Ohio; Evelyn and wife Ella Reisenwitz, of Greenbelt, Maryland; and Cathy Reisenitz, of San Francisco, California.
Shirley also leaves to treasure her memory her best friend, Bev Lavin, of Centerville, Ohio.
Tobias Funeral Home is serving the family until funeral arrangements can be made at a later date.
Celebration of Life Service to be announced
18 January 2021
Oh how I will miss this precious couple. They would visit our salon once a week for Shirley’s standing appointment with Jamie. Once Hal picked Shirley up from her appointment, he would wheel her past my room for a quick chat. They were just the sweetest, kindest people. I truly believe their love for one another showed itself at the end. God knew these two needed one another, and one couldn’t be happy without the other by his/her side. Rest In Peace Shirley and Hal❤️
17 January 2021
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Hal and Shirley. What a shock to the family that they passed within an hour of each other. However, it does seem that God kept them together throughout their lives here on earth and now is keeping them together in heaven. We hope that is comforting to you.
They were the nicest people and always had smiles on their faces. We will especially miss them at out Super Bowl parties. It won’t be the same without them.
May God Bless all of us who mourn them.
Jan and Jim Holbrook