2012-07-19 / Obituaries

Arnold Lee Osburn

Arnold Lee Osburn was born to Mallissa Luverta and Leonard Arnold Osburn on July 3, 1932, on Signal Hill (now Long Beach). He was brother to Joseph, Irene, John, Wesley and Jesse. The family later moved to Clearwater (now Paramount).

He met his future wife in church when they were both in junior high school. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, Arnold married his high school sweetheart Ethel Gail Foreman on June 16, 1951. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on Aug. 1, 1954. The couple had three children: Valerie Marie, Denis Kay and Randy Lee.

Arnold took a job with the Shell Oil Company and worked alongside his father for 10 years. He and his older brother, Joseph, then followed their childhood dreams of becoming firefighters for the City of Los Angeles. He worked as a fireman for several years and transferred to the fire inspector’s office for one year. Following that assignment, he took and passed the testing to become an auto engineer. He was an engineer on the department until he was injured on the job and medically retired in 1979.

Giving of himself in service to others was his greatest passion. Though paralyzed from the chest area down, he built and repaired televisions, radios and stereo systems in his garage, while serving as an inspiration to others with his irrepressible positive attitude and warm, loving spirit. He knew no enemies and everyone he met became part of his family. His strength and courage in the face of adversity will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; his children, four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and 20 nieces and nephews.

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