DAVID E. OSNES JULY 8, 1949 – DE­CEM­BER 30, 2018

The Modesto Bee - - Obituaries -

David “Dave” Osnes, 69, passed away peace­fully at home on De­cem­ber 30, 2018 with his wife at his side af­ter a coura­geous bat­tle against ALS, amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease.

He is sur­vived by his de­voted, lov­ing wife of 48 years, Linda Osnes of Modesto, ded­i­cated son Sid­ney Osnes (Me­gan) of Modesto, lov­ing daugh­ter Gayle Osnes Weiss (Mark) of Menlo Park, three en­er­getic grand­sons (plus one on the way), car­ing mother, Melba Osnes of Modesto, and sev­eral cousins, nieces and neph­ews. He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Sverre Osnes, and sis­ter, Mar­i­lyn Osnes Chris­tiansen.

Dave was born in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia on July 8, 1949 and be­came a Stanis­laus County res­i­dent when he moved with his par­ents and sis­ter to Pat­ter­son as a young boy. He at­tended grade school in the town and played foot­ball for Pat­ter­son High. Dave at­tended Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege and moved to Modesto af­ter mar­ry­ing Linda. He worked as an elec­tri­cian for Modesto City School Dis­trict for 39 years.

Dave was a quiet, in­tro­spec­tive man with a va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests, from hunt­ing and fish­ing to RC air­planes and model rail­roads. Dave was pas­sion­ate about bass fish­ing and proudly dis­played his great­est catch on the liv­ing room wall. He and Linda en­joyed re­tire­ment by trav­el­ing to na­tional parks and re­mote, scenic camp­grounds. Mes­mer­ized with steam lo­co­mo­tives and diesel train en­gines, he spent count­less hours ad­mir­ing the thun­der­ous giants and en­joyed scenic train rides through­out the coun­try, from Alaskan glaciers to Ver­mont’s fall fo­liage. A tal­ented, hard-work­ing Mr. FixIt and Do-it-Your­selfer, Dave was metic­u­lous with home im­prove­ment and proud of his re­mod­el­ing projects. He en­joyed mu­sic and owned the un­of­fi­cial record for largest col­lec­tion of golden oldies.

Dave was a loyal hus­band and son, sup­port­ive fa­ther and play­ful, ador­ing grand­fa­ther. He will be dearly missed, and his kind­ness will be for­ever cher­ished by all who knew him.

The cel­e­bra­tion of life for David will be held on Jan­uary 19, 2019 at 11 am at Cen­te­nary United Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Av­enue in Modesto.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily gra­ciously re­quests that me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions be sent in Dave’s honor to ALS As­so­ci­a­tion Golden West Chap­ter (www.al­sagold­en­west.org) or Com­mu­nity Hospice Foun­da­tion (give.hos­pice­heart.org).


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