Dennis K. Osborn, 84, died peacefully in Fredericksburg, on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
He was born October 8, 1934, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 8, 1934, one of five children (all deceased) to missionary parents in the Episcopal Church.
Mr. Osborn came to the U.S. at age 16 to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. At school he met wife Ellen during their sophomore year. After he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, they married, and Mr. Osborn began seven years of service in the U.S. Navy, ending his tours in Northern Virginia in 1962.
That year, he began teaching high school math in Fairfax County, a career that lasted 29 years until retirement. In 1971, the family moved to Warrenton because he and Ellen thought a small town was a better environment in which to raise their children. While in Warrenton, Dennis was active in the Episcopal Church at St. James, and in more recent years in the Anglican Churches of St. Paul’s in Haymarket and St. Michael’s. He served on vestries, sang in the choirs and fully participated in church life. Dennis was active in the Cursillo Movement in Northern Virginia in the 1980s and ’90s and went on two mission trips to his birth country, Brazil. He was an active volunteer for a number of charitable causes and helped start more than one.
This included annual CROP walks, which raised funds for the needy in Africa for many years. In 1992, he helped found the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He headed the Fauquier Family Resource Network, which was responsible for establishing the Circuit Rider system that provides van service to those in need of transportation in Warrenton.
In recognition of his volunteer efforts, The Fauquier Citizen newspaper named him one of “5 Who Made a Difference” in 1998. He was described as “having a wonderful way with people and getting them to feel they are part of the process. Everyone loves him.”
He enjoyed giving back to the community and making good things happen. Ending the article, he was quoted: “There’s not only the outward satisfaction of seeing something happen — a home for someone who needs it — but the inward pleasure of knowing that down the road that home is going to make a difference in the lives of children, especially who need a home. It’s a good, lasting feeling for everyone.”
Dennis is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ellen; his sons, David Osborn and Michael Osborn (wife Loie), and grandchildren Elizabeth Osborn and John Osborn.
The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, which meets at Greenwich Presbyterian Church Chapel, 15305 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville. Interment will follow in the Warrenton Cemetery.
Memorial donations be made to Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, 98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 43, Warrenton, Va. 20186, or St. Michael’s Anglican Church, 14540 John Marshall Highway, Suite 101, Gainesville, Va. 20155.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com