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Gene Osman

Gene Osman, age 75, of Huron, died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at his home after a short battle with cancer.  His memorial service was at 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 25th at the American Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steven Brandsrud officiating.  The family prefers that memorials be directed to HRMC Hospice or the American Lutheran Church.

Gene Osman was born April 3, 1932, to Marshall S. and Sena O. (Vikse) Osman in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  The family moved to Huron in 1945 and established Osman Motor Company, Inc., a Buick dealership.  He graduated from Huron High School in 1950, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in 1954.  He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S.  Army and served at Ft. Benning, Georgia and Ft. Rucker, Alabama.  He was honorably discharged as a 1st lieutenant in 1956.

Gene married Dorothy Wilkes December 27, 1953 in Rapid City, South Dakota.  They returned to Huron after his discharge from the Army, and he entered business with his parents.  He later became sole owner of the business and operated it until he sold the franchise to Prostrollo Motors in 1984.  He and his wife traveled for two years before he began a ten year career driving a Huron school bus.    The couple spent the winter months in Mesa, Arizona for many years. 

Gene was a member of the American Lutheran Church, the Huron Country Club, the American Legion, the Huron Masonic Lodge, the York Rite Bodies, the James Valley Shrine Club, and the Yelduz Shrine.  He was secretary and past president of the Huron Sertoma Club, Past Exalted Ruler of the Huron Elks Lodge, and past director of the South Dakota Auto Dealers Association.  He delivered “meals on wheels” for both church and Sertoma. 

Gene enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, building train set models, carpentry, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. 

Gene was preceded in death by his parents.

Grateful for having shared his life and his sense of humor are his wife, Dorothy “Dode” of Huron; four daughters, Laura (Greg) Hitchcock of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Karen (Bob) Rehurek of New Richmond, Wisconsin, Lindy (Gary) Musgrave of Lakewood, Colorado, and Kay (Russ) Mendel of Madison, South Dakota; nine grandchildren; his sister, Joan Bichler of Watertown; and several nieces and nephews. 

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