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John Paul Osman

November 1, 1940July 16, 2019
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John Paul Osman, most recently of Wayne, IL, died July 16, 2019, with his family by his side.

John was born on November 1, 1940 in Miami, Florida, to John Paul Osman, Sr. and Eileen Copeland. Known as “Jack” to his siblings, he joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years of age on the U.S.S. Guadalupe, traveling across the Asian Pacific for 6 years. He had a great love for this country and his fellow Americans, enjoying lively political discussions about equality and social justice.

Jack’s love of the sea continued past his service when he decided to buy a sailboat. It wouldn’t be his only boat or the only vessel that he would command, later earning his pilot’s license. Navigation-related hobbies aside, he was quite fond of golfing, enjoying multiple rounds each week in his retirement.

A savvy entrepreneur, John capitalized on the opportunity to specialize in computer programming, a decision that eventually led to the creation of his own software company, Independent Systems. He ran the company for 20 years with a team of 15 employees, until he eventually sold it off to a big name in the industry: Avalara. In the latter years of running Independent Systems, he was proud to bring his only son on board to help grow the company.

John spent his young adulthood in Chicago and he loved being in the city. It was in Glen Ellyn that he met his loving wife, Kathy. He made many trips back to his home state of Florida throughout his life, earning him the fond title of “Gator”, eventually purchasing a home in Sarasota to split his time between his two favorite places. While married to Kathy, he also owned and frequented properties in Nova Scotia, Canada, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He loved to travel, especially to Europe.

Gator was fiercely independent to the point that many thought he was 10 years younger than he actually was. He lived a vibrant life with no regrets at the end. He is survived by his loving wife Kathy; children from his first marriage, John Patrick Osman and Jennifer Delgado; his daughters Maddy Osman and Darya Osman; grandchildren, Jason and Ryan Gramins, Gabriella Delgado, and Ella Grace Schmidt; siblings Lloyd Osman, James Patrick Osman, Linda Richard, and Barbara Bartel; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Family Reach Foundation, an organization that Gator actively supported during his life: https://familyreach.org/


  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Mass Of Christian Burial Monday, July 22, 2019


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Sue Wuesthoff

August 12, 2019

Dear Kathy and Family,

I was saddened to learn of Gator’s passing. I remember your family’s kindness to me when my mother passed away. Gator prepared a breakfast for us soon before I moved out of IL to go live with my Dad. Please know that you are in my thoughts and I feel for you.

Theo Slauenwhite

August 6, 2019

Hi Kathy & Family :
So sorry to hear of John’s passing . We just received the news from Abe Croft in Martins River our neighbour. We often think of you , John an the children ( not children anymore) . My heart is so sad for you an your family . Our condolences to you an your family .

Paulette ,Theo Slauenwhite.
Tiffany & Taylor Schleich

Laurie Hefkin

August 1, 2019

Hello Kathy,

I am saddened to learn of your loss. Reading John's obituary, he was a vital, interesting and accomplished person. With a nickname like “Gator,” he must also have been a fun-loving partner and great friend. His life sounds like an ongoing adventure. I know the two of you made a wonderful life together.

There are no words to take away the pain you are feeling, or the hole in your life that John’s passing has created. Not a day goes by when I don’t hear a song, be in a familiar store or restaurant, see a person or an old Packard car, catch a smell of food or flowers, or look at something in our house that the sweet memory of Chuck fails to visit me. Often briefly. Sometimes longer, and it always feels good. He is always with me as John will always be with you.

In love and sympathy,

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Suzanne Ashe

July 22, 2019

Liam, Alana, and I have been grieving daily, ever since we received the stunning news of Gator's passing. Doing so was particularly poignant for us as we had recently spent a glorious week.with him and Kathy in their beautiful home in Sarasota, Florida. Ever the gracious host.and hostess, they squired us about town to enjoy the gorgeous tropical.setting, as well as the charming public art, shopping, and dining of their "second city."....Most of all, we revelled in the sweet intimacy.of that shared experience. I am.so grateful.that my children , especially, came to know and love this one-of-a-kind man....who.lived his life with integrity, commitment, and a fierce sense of independence and adventure. May.your travels in eternity bring you even half of the joy and love you have shown us, here on Earth. We will hold you in.our hearts forever, sweet son of God! Love you and our dear sister for all you have done for us in our lifetimes. We will never forget your extraordinary kindness and compassion, just when we needed it most.

Tracy Elliott

July 20, 2019

Dear Kathy, Maddy & Darya,
Words cannot express how sad we are to hear about John. Our hearts are with you as you begin to travel this new road without your best friend by your side. John always welcomed us with open arms to many Osman family events, as part of your extended family. Having known John since Kathy and I first met back in 1997, and for Nathan and Rachel they've known John their entire life, you are our family. We love you all and are sorry we cannot be with you on Sunday and Monday, but please know we are very much with you in our hearts. Although you may not be able to see John anymore, he will always be with you ❤️

Sandie Kanakes

July 20, 2019

Kathy ,
I am so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss.
I truly know what it is to lose a husband and best friend.
Gus was very fond of you . I wish I had the words to express my sincere sympathy and sorrow to you and your family.

Sandie Kanakes

David Romaine

July 19, 2019

Thanks, John, for the years at Independent Systems - really glad for the work I had there. I learned a lot about business from you. I’m really glad you got some mileage from your hard work during your retirement. And thanks Kathy and family for keeping in touch. Business associates are a strange bunch, aren’t we? A little like family without getting to share the mushy stuff, even when we want to. My sympathies. RIP John.

Marilyn Morello

July 19, 2019

Gator loyally attended the Family Reach Golf Outing in memory of our daughter, Kristine for so many years. We are so grateful for his loving support. He and Kathy have the biggest hearts.

Monica Knapp

July 18, 2019

Safe travels to your eternal resting place, dear Gator.

John was a loving Godfather to our daughter, Kaia. We enjoyed a special connection while working on the first Ross Perot campaign together!...and while exploring his (brief) foree into real estate.

My sister Kathy was very devoted to Gator and to their family.

"Montica" (what Gator called me)

Jill Bolin

July 18, 2019

So sorry for your loss and thinking of all of you. Love and prayers from the Bolin Family


Jack and his brother Pat


Merry Christmas from the Osman boys


Jack in the Navy


Celebrating Easter with his oldest kids, JP and Jennifer


A beautiful day at Jen and Raul's wedding


Daddy/Daughter potlock dinner


John earned his degree with 2 kids while working full time!


Clowning around with JP.


Relaxing with baby Jennifer