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Roger Lee Osborne Roger Lee Osborne, age 79, of Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon, gently passed away in his sleep on July 3, 2022 at 3:00 a.m. Roger spent his last six months bravely managing advanced congestive h... Read More
Roger Lee Osborne Roger Lee Osborne, age 79, of Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon, gently passed away in his sleep on July 3, 2022 at 3:00 a.m. Roger spent his last six months bravely managing advanced congestive heart failure and cancer treatments for myeloma (plasma cells). Through it all he maintained his usual positivity and good sense of humor, while making plans for the future. He was a very shy person which made him a genuinely good listener. He would much rather hear about what you were doing than share about himself; yet he was so accomplished.
Roger was born on April 2, 1943, in the coal mining company town of Ashland, West Virginia, to Firman Osborne and Mae O’Neal Roark. He spent his early childhood in Mountain City/ Shouns, Tennessee with his parents and two older sisters: Lois and Phyllis. By the age of five he had lived in several South Atlantic states, including Delaware, before his family packed up everything they owned and drove cross country to Parkdale, Oregon. They settled in Hood River County where his father worked hard as a logger and farmer; and his mother and older sisters worked in the fruit orchards & packing houses. All visitors were welcome in their musically gifted home. Neighbors still remember blue grass music being written, played and sung into the early hours.
He graduated with honors from Wy’East/ Hood River High School in 1961. His parents were proud that he had earned an academic scholarship to attend Pacific University for economics and mathematics. Two years later he transferred to Portland State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/ Accounting.
During college, Roger met and married Josette F. Lentz of Portland, Oregon & the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. They had three children together: Michelle, Pierre and Jacques. In time they divorced which led to him taking a job in New Mexico. It was there, in 1973, he met the love of his life, Joann Cadena Saiz. With this union, he was blessed with the addition of three children from Joann’s first marriage: Vincent, Richard and Rebecca.
He enjoyed working with numbers. This led to a 49-year career in the accounting field where he started as a clerk and ended with the title of Chief Financial Officer. He made lifelong friends in each workplace: Portland General Electric, Public Utility-- Clerk/ Accounting Assistant, Portland, OR; Smoke Craft, Inc., Food Manufacturing-- Assistant Controller, Albany, OR; Erickson, Inc., Aerospace Manufacturing-- Controller, Portland, OR; Hinkle Investments/ Shopping Malls-Homes-Family Fun Center-- Controller, Albuquerque, NM; Ventura Port District-- Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Ventura, CA; and Hattenhauer Distributing/Transportation/Energy Company-- Controller, The Dalles, OR. He officially retired in 2014.
Career Highlights: (1) Roger was asked by the FBI to consider working in forensic accounting as he had a gift for financial record & transaction analysis, along with understanding complex software programs & operating systems; 2) he never got used to flying around in Erickson S-64 Air Crane Helicopters; and (3) he was instrumental in transforming the Ventura Port District waterfront marina into a place to dine, shop and stay (venturaharbor.com).
A lifelong learner and teacher Roger became a CPA in Los Angeles, California, began graduate coursework at Eastern New Mexico University for a Master of Business Administration, overcame his fear of public speaking by succeeding with Toastmasters International, taught business law & international banking at Albuquerque Tech Vocational Institute, and became an Accredited Residential Manager & Certified Property Manager via the Institute of Real Estate Management. The list goes on.
Roger & Joann lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, then Ojai, California, later moving back to New Mexico where they built an amazing Southwest style house outside of Sandia Park. They were able to enjoy the mountain views and wildlife for many years before moving to Parkdale, Oregon to take care of his aging parents. They spent 43 happy years together. He was Joann’s caregiver through several successful cancer battles, until dementia complications claimed her life on December 19, 2016.
He loved sports and sport statistics of all kinds—especially basketball. His favorite college team was Gonzaga. He played basketball his whole adult life- admitting he wasn’t necessarily a good player but he loved the game and gave his best. He enjoyed running, weightlifting, bowling, golf, a wide range of western movies, crossword puzzles, forensic TV mysteries, U.S. history & world events, listening to music, attending music concerts and was a fan of comic strips, standup comedy and laughing at life in general.
He adored his cats and made sure the outdoor community cats were taken care of too. He and his beloved Joann appreciated the outdoors and took many trips into the Southwest wilderness exploring ghost and mining towns, Native American cliff dwellings and historic Route 66. They did everything from touring the enduring mansions of New Orleans, to staying a week on the Queen Mary in San Francisco, to being hosts at the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Forest Services’ Smokey Bear at Albuquerque’s Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Roger is survived by his daughter Michelle Osborne of Mount Hood Parkdale, OR, son Pierre Osborne of Portland, OR, son Jacques Osborne of Portland, OR, son Vincent Saiz of Albuquerque, NM, daughter Rebecca Maestas of Aztec, NM; grandson Roger A. Osborne of Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon and many lovely grandchildren and great grandchildren living in the beautiful Southwest.
Roger was predeceased by his wife Joann C. Osborne (December 19, 2016), father Firman Osborne (February 28, 2002), mother Mae Osborne (February 12, 2013), his sisters Lois Woodard and Phyllis Greer and son Richard Saiz.
Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River, OR to host a private family ceremony. Roger will be laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque, NM.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR. Visit: www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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