Grace Osborn, 86, AMVET Auxiliary president

Grace Gwendolyn Thomas Osborn, 86, died on Aug. 3, 2006 at Oak Park Hospital. Mrs. Osborn was a life-long resident of Oak Park and River Forest. Born Grace Gwendolyn Thomas in Oak Park on July 12, 1920 to Griffith Irving Thomas and Elizabeth Williams Thomas, she graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1938, and subsequently served as corresponding secretary and class newsletter editor until 2005.

She married Benjamin Millard Osborn in 1939. A graduate of Sawyer Business College in Oak Park, she began her career in 1942 in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Supply Depot in Chicago. She later retired from its successor, Defense Procurement Agencies (GSA). She was a longtime member and leader of American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam (AMVETS) Auxiliary and held the office of state president and National AMVET Auxiliary president.

She is survived by her son, Clifford T. Osborn; her granddaughter, Kim Elizabeth (Edward) Weide; her grandson, Kevin Andrew Osborn; and her cousins, Albert Owen and Mary (Homer) Gilchrist.

Visitation and an AMVET service were held on Aug. 7 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Illinois AMVETS Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, c/o Secretary Penelope Goins, P.O. Box 372, Groveland, Ill. 61535.

Ricky Jensen, 52, OPRF grad, bookkeeper

Don Richard “Ricky” Jensen, 52, died on July 30, 2006 at his Forest Park home. A lifelong resident of the western suburbs, Jensen was a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. He worked for many years as a bookkeeper for the Dan Jensen Insurance Agency.

Don Jensen is survived by his mother, Catherine M. Jensen, and his sister, Diana Kipness. The funeral was held Aug. 3 at St. Giles Church in Oak Park, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905.

Arrangements were handled by Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home.

-Compiled by Brendan Goldman

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