William Sherman Osburn Jr.

October 7, 1923July 11, 2019

William Sherman Osburn was born on October 7, 1923 and passed away on July 11, 2019 and is under the care of National Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held on July 21, 2019 at 10:30 am at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA. Graveside Service will be held on July 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA.

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  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, July 21, 2019

  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, July 21, 2019


William Sherman Osburn Jr.

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Linda Osburn

July 23, 2019

A Poem To My Father-in-law, but really my second Dad, (and brand new Head Gardener in Heaven)———

I came into your family not knowing what I’d find, I was nervous and afraid, but you gently eased my mind.

You made me feel right at home, from the first day that we met. You welcomed me with opened arms, and that I won’t forget.

You always encouraged me with kind words that you said, I knew I could depend on you on any given day.

You were a great father-in-law, you stood out above the rest. I thank God for blessing me with you—-the very best!

I love you Daddy Doc and will miss you
very much. Thanks for everything you
did for me and my family. I look forward
to seeing you again in Heaven.

From your grateful daughter, Linda.

Jeremiah Osburn

July 21, 2019

So many memories of Daddy Doc. The rose garden was a mixture of hard summer time work and learning from someone who is highly knowledgeable and who happens to love you very much. He taught us all about miniature roses. Different names, blends, colors, how to take care of them, he even showed us how to keep deer away from his roses. He would use bar soap for a week or so, then bring it down to the garden and leave it in a mesh near his plants. The deer would smell his "scent" and leave his roses alone.
The rose shows were always a lot of fun and hard work. We would be up until 9pm the night before preparing and then get up around 5am, which is really early for any kid. We would pack his car, drive to the show, unpack, setup his portable table, and start with the process of making sure we entered multiple roses in several categories. By the time the show had ended, D Doc was beaming with pride, not just because he dominated the shows, but he would show us off to his fellow competitors. He even let us grow our own roses in his garden. We would submit them with our names on it, in care of him, and we won several times. It was a joy and honor to have such a patriarch of the Osburn family. I will miss him dearly.

Donald McNeil

July 19, 2019

I didn't personally know Mr. Osburn but I do know his son Steve and from him I can see the superior character that Mr. Osburn has handed to his family. I know that he will live in their hearts forever.

LaVern Rivera
Don McNeil

Steve Osburn

July 18, 2019

My Dad was an awesome man. Dee Doc loved live and was fascinated by nature. I was always supported loved and cared for by him. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. He accomplished many great things. His memory will be with me and his friends and family. Grower or Roses and a teacher of men he has a great legacy with God and man. He will be missed and fondly remembered.

Bill Osburn

July 18, 2019

Dr. William Sherman Osburn, Jr. “Daddy-Doc” 95, (1923 – 2019), died peacefully in his sleep on July 11. He loved roses, running and his family; he was a WW2 vet serving in the Pacific aboard LSM-226. He was an alpine ecologist; professor at Colorado University and Colorado State University. He served at the Atomic Energy Commission and Department of Energy for over 37 years. He especially loved his family, growing and showing roses, and running, where he was a nationally ranked senior Olympian. He is proceeded in death by this wife, Edith and a grandson, Daniel. He has three living children and their spouses, 6 living grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Celebration of life and burial will be at the National Funeral Center, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Virginia.