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Sherrell L. (Lou) Osborne

Sherrell L. (Lou) Osborne was born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 16, 1938, and passed away May 6th, 2021 after a 13-year battle with melanoma. Adopted by relatives, Lou made his way to Seattle at age 10. He graduated West Seattle High School, class of 1956, and University of Washington in 1961. Lou met his wife Florence (Flo) at the UW. They married July 29th, 1961. This year would have marked their 60th wedding anniversary.

Lou worked for Boeing for 33 years. During these years and following retirement he and Flo volunteered once a month at St. Martin de Porres shelter for homeless men for 35 years.

After Lou retired in 1995, he enjoyed many travels with family and friends, including multiple visits to Europe, Russia, China, Mexico and Hawaii. He and Flo also cherished their daily walks together around their neighborhood and spending time in their backyard oasis. In his words, every day was a “gift.”

His greatest joy in life was Flo and daughters Lori and Lynn (who passed away in 2013 from lung cancer). He always said he was “raised by three strong women.” Also surviving; son-in-law Mark, grandchildren, Bryce (Raina), Elise, Emily, Kate (Kyle), Ryan (Haleigh), and greatgrandchildren Jacobe, Rylee, Cashlynn.

Lou was a man of grace and integrity, admired and respected for his quiet intellect. His passion for reading made him one of Amazon books favorite customers. He loved his neighbors and was renowned for loaning his various tools, ladders and offers of advice. Lou’s family and friends will miss him for his generosity, sense of humor and his love of Instant Folger’s and Top Ramen.

A devout Catholic, a funeral mass will be offered by Father Steve Woodland on Saturday, May 22nd at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena Church, Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made be made to a charity of your choice.

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I was saddened to read of Lou's passing in today's Seattle Times (5/16). I have such fond memories of Lou and you, Flo, at St. Martin"s. My thoughts and prayers will be with the whole family, but especially you Flo. Both of you blessed my life each time I worked with you. In Christian love, Ginny

Ginny Larkins

I was so sorry to hear of Lou's passing . Great words in the obituary, describing him as full of grace ... one of the kindest grandparents I ever had the pleasure of getting to know through Lynn, and her daughters when Emily was my student. My sympathy to you also are a wonderful soul, and I am glad that you found each other and shared a wonderful life together,- you are in my prayers for comfort- and I wish the same to the girls, Emily and Elise, God give you strength and love. I always remember that Lou (and Flo) would always send me a thank you card after each performance they came to for was the kindest, most caring gesture that this choir teacher ever knew...God be with you all...a great soul he was.... love you all, always, Wendy Shepherd

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