Lucien G. Osborne, age 87, bade farewell for the last time on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, in the presence of those he loved. Lucien was born in Racine, May 29, 1921, son of the late William Vandervoort and Adele (Nee: Gianella) Osborne and was a longtime resident.
Lucien attended the Racine Military Academy and was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1938.” Furthering his education he received Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. While attending the university and post graduate studies he belonged to Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and played trumpet in the University Band Following college he worked in Akron, Ohio, at Goodyear Aircraft Corp making dirigible blimps. He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and served as an Executive Officer during the invasion of Okinawa on the YNG 28.
After the war he joined his family at Lakeside Malleable eventually becoming President. This later became known as Lakeside Sales and most recently expanded to include Ridgeway Mfg and LGO Global Sourcing where Lucien served as C.E.O. He was a member of numerous organizations including: University Club of Chicago, sixty-year member of the American Foundry Society, Racine Country Club, DeKoven Foundation Society, NUMB Alums, Bulldog Bowling Club and Bogey Club. Little known facts about Lucien include that he was a Baron of the O & E Railroad, and was an ex-member in bad standing with the Procrastinators Club. He was a loving father, grandfather and good friend. He will be deeply missed for his kindness and wonderful sense of humor.
Survivors include his children, Cynthia Osborne of La Luz, New Mexico, William Vandervoort (Rebecca Anderson) Osborne II of Whitewater, WI, Dr. Virginia Gianella Osborne of Grass Valley, CA, Louise Osborne (Greg) Banks of Harford, PA; his grandchildren, Captain William Vandervoort Osborne III USMC (LCDR Nancy Osborne USN) currently serving in Afghanistan, Jessica Durand Osborne of Portland, OR, Kipp Osborne Macgregor of Steamboat Springs, CO, Duncan O. (Rachael) Macgregor of Edinburg, Scotland, Sarah Patton Banks of South River, NJ, Adele Gianella Banks of Scranton, PA, Nathaniel Smith of Madison, WI, Amy (Joshua) Nicholas of Delavan, WI; his great-grandson, Hunter Nicholas; lifetime special and loving friend, L.J. McCotter of Lake Bluff, IL; sister-in-law, Mary Lois Osborne of Franksville, WI; nieces and nephew, Consuela, Beatrice, and David Osborne; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Vandervoort Osborne, and nephew, Robert Vandervoort Osborne Jr.
Funeral services will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main St., Racine, on Monday, September 22, 2008, at 6 p.m. with Mother Martha Berger officiating. Private interment will be held at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee with Bishop C. Perry Erskine presiding. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the 6 p.m. service. Reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the family for the memorial fund.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888