Dwight Osborne, 65, died Jan. 25, 2011, at his home from complications due to Agent Orange exposure.
Dwight was born Nov. 16, 1945, to James Osborne Sr. and Alice Deepwater in Fort Hall, and was a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Dwight was raised by Jimmy and Elaine Ingawahnup in the Ross Fork Area.
Dwight graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1964 and attended school at Fort Lewis College until he joined the U.S. Marines in 1966.
Dwight served in the Marines until 1970 and obtained the rank of sergeant. Dwight served in the Vietnam War.
Upon his return to Fort Hall he met and married Leah Hutchinson with whom he had two children — Carol Osborne and Lance Osborne. They were later divorced.
Dwight was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Union # 60 for several years before becoming the Fort Hall fire chief.
As fire chief Dwight recruited and trained volunteers in both structural and wild land firefighting, and over saw the Sho-Ban Emergency Medical Services Department.
Dwight gave service to the members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in many areas. He helped take care of Putnum Lodge, served on the Fort Hall Cattlemen’s Association as its president, served on the Headstart Program’s parents committee, and on the Sho-Ban School District’s school board, and lent a hand to individuals when the need arose. Dwight believed in the strength of getting an education.
Dwight was a rancher who operated the family farm/ranch with his daughter Carol and son Lance.
He had one granddaughter, Leah Sage Osborne, who was grandpa’s little girl and he loved hanging with her.
Before he became ill, he could be found having coffee with his friends at the restaurant.
Dwight is survived by his children Carol and Lance; his sister Elaine Ingawahnup; Minerva Osborne, Ivalee Osborne, and Pearl Poog, all of Fort Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Floyd Osborne, James Osborne, Eons Osborne, and Malden Osborne.
A viewing will take place at the Hawker Funeral Home Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011, from 10a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dwight will be taken to the family home on East Simplot Road until his burial at the Ross Fork Cemetery Saturday January 29, 2011 approximately 1 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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