Obituary for George E. Osterhout

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George E. Osterhout, 82, of Onalaska passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at Bethany Saint Joseph Care Center, La Crosse, WI. He was born in La Crosse on August 9, 1934 to Mark and Helen (Smith) Osterhout. Upon graduation from Watertown High School, Watertown, WI, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1952. George lived in Los Angeles until 1976 when he returned to Wisconsin. On October 22, 1977 George married Alyce (West) Washburn.
George was Director of Operations at Kickapoo Oil Company, and built 58 convenient stores throughout Wisconsin. Served as an Alderman for ten years on the Onalaska City Council, two terms as president of the council and in 1992 was elected Mayor and served two terms. Two of his major accomplishments were the completion of the Onalaska Omni Center and establishing the first long range plan for Onalaska. He was President of Onalaska Rotary and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Quarterback Club. He was a member of the Chancellor's Community Council for UW-La Crosse. He was an avid reader, enjoyed watching the UW-La Crosse Eagles football and basketball teams and enjoyed spending time drinking coffee and bantering about football with the guys at Cartwright Center. He was a proud grandpa attending his grandsons' sports and musical events. They were the joys of his life.
George is survived by his wife, Alyce; daughter from a previous marriage, Barbara (George) Nixon of Coos Bay, OR.; step daughter, Julie (Don) Mollway of La Crosse; three grandchildren, Lauren (Tom) Acreman of London, England, and Max and Mitchell Mollway; a sister, Nancy (David) Lorbecki of Elkhart Lake, WI.; two brothers, David (Dianne) Osterhout of Sun City, AZ. and Jeffrey (Pat) Osterhout of Texas; three sisters-in-law, Colleen (Art) Wienke, Kathy (Gary) Regez, and Priscilla Osterhout and several nephews, nieces and friends. Also, a special thank you to Brittany and the staff of Bethany Saint Joseph Care Center for the excellent care he received. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at North Presbyterian Church, 1327 North Salem Road, La Crosse. Pastor Scott Skogen will officiate. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
"Fair winds and following seas."
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