Family and friends are mourning the loss of Eddie Osborn, who passed away unexpectedly Feb. 8, 2021, in his hometown of Portland. He was 72 years young.
Eddie’s former colleagues at Oregon Catholic Press will miss his friendship and fellowship, as well as his dedication during his more than 34-year career as manager of the prepress department. His passing is also a great loss to his softball family, a community that was very dear to his heart. For over 45 years, Eddie participated in every aspect of the sport and local leagues, as a player, coach, manager, board member, official photographer for national tournaments, and eventually as president of the Portland Metro Softball Association / USA organization.
Eddie is preceded in death by his son, Eddie Osborn, parents Edgar and Juel Osborn, and older brother Gary Osborn. He leaves behind his younger brother Jack (Kathleen) Osborn, his remaining children: Kay (Darren) Blanton, Sara (John) Kramer, Kevin Osborn, and their mother Joanne Osborn. Eddie is also survived by grandchildren Harlen Blanton, Elizabeth Blanton, Brenden Ginn, and Juel Osborn; nine great-grandchildren; his life partner Lianne Swanson; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Eddie’s legacy also extends to his family of choice: ‘brothers’ Mike Koglin and Bob Koglin, symbolically ‘adopted children’ Skydrea McKenzie, Michele Hammond and Roberta Trahan, and countless friends, colleagues, and loved ones.
Eddie will be remembered by all who knew him for his love of life, photography, music (especially his undying devotion to The Rolling Stones), nature, softball, and every person he drew close to him with his kindness, compassion, sense of humor and welcoming personality. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In the meantime, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Eddie’s name to one or both the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) and/or PMSA Komen Youth Tournament (https://www.portlandsoftball.com/home).
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