Thursday, May 23, 2013

MSG James Osborne, USA, Ret.

James Osborne was born on May 13, 1947 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He passed away, at the age of
65, on April 28, 2013 at a hospital in Killeen, Texas.

James dedicated his life to his country and served in the United States Army for twenty years.  He retired as a Master Sergeant.

James married Barbara Custer November 10, 2011.  He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.  His body was cremated. 

On May 7 an inurnment service was held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen.  When the family arrived for the service they were greeted by fifty America flags lining the roadway.

During the service the Patriot Guard Riders formed a line of American flags along the front of the committal shelter.

A minister read several passages of scripture from the Bible and led the family in final prayers.  The Army
Honor Detail rendered full military honors.  The detail of five rifles fired three volleys of fire, representing
Duty, Honor and Country, followed by the playing of taps.

During the service, the urn containing the cremains of James, and the urn containing the cremains of his first wife, Maria, sat on a simple table, next to a folded American flag.  That flag was carefully unfolded, and refolded into the traditional triangle by two Non-Commissioned Officers.  It was then presented to James' surviving, and beloved, wife, Barbara, on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for James' honorable and faithful service.

The cremains of James and Maria were then placed into a niche of the columbarium wall, reunited for all of time.

The American flag flew at half-staff, on the hill above, in honor of MSG James Osborne.

Left to cherish the memories of James are his wife, son, Master Chief Petty Officer James Osborne, son, Command Sergeant Major David Osborne, and son Michael Osborne.  Also, one brother, three sisters and six grandchildren.

With thanks to Crotty Funeral Home for photo and for biographical information.

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