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John W. Osman

John W. Osman, 73, of Waterloo, IL, died October 10, 2021, in Waterloo, IL, at home surrounded by his family. He was born March 14, 1948, in Edgewood, IL.

He is survived by his wife Peggy Osman; children Jill (Darren) Mechler and Monica Gunn; grandchildren Max, Tess, and Owen and Nora and Liam; sister-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents William B. & Ione B. (nee Wiedener) Osman and sister Phyllis (John) Slifer.

Through John's career as an educator, he taught at Red Bud High School, Southwestern Illinois College, and Red Brick School. He enjoyed his kids, grandchildren, reading, and writing. John also enjoyed the 40+ years of good friends in his card club.

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I know he fought a good fight such a thoughtful gentle man to stand and listen to my stories. Always could get him to laugh which made my heart happy. His devoted wife kept us walkers on their neighborhood up to date on his progress until we didn't walk anymore. So my heart was so touched to see that he had left this world to a much better one. Just looking at his photo brought a smile to my face even in the middle of sorrow. Prayers will continue for those who will miss him each and ever day. Love Grows Ruby Busche(one of the walkers who will also miss him.

Ruby Busche Oct 21 2021 3:02 PM

Mr. Osman was a truly gifted teacher as many have stated here already. I always appreciated his sarcasm and how he rarely just came out and gave you the answer to something. He made you work through the thought process with him. I will be forever grateful to him for introducing me to Ernest Hemingway at such an early age. The rigor of his writing assignments made the work I would do through college and beyond seem so much easier.

James Popejoy-RBHS Class of 98 Oct 15 2021 10:02 AM

John Osman could actually get my attention in a classroom, he was a amazing educator. Anybody that could make me want to go to class had to be a gifted teacher.Truly one of a kind that will be missed in the RBHS community. Condolences and prayers for Peggy and the girls.

John Horrell RBHS class of 72 Oct 14 2021 4:56 PM

My condolences to the Oskar family. I too, was deeply influenced having Mr Osman as a teacher at RBHS. He saw something in me, and gave me the green light to read any and all books available. I enjoyed his sense of humor and always enjoyed talking with him: from book reviews to the human condition. He was great!

Dale Holmstrom Oct 14 2021 11:16 AM

I am so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful and kind teacher that RBHS treasured so deeply. He was truly one of a kind, and I have so many memories of his class. He was hands down one of my favorites, and I know many of his students can say the same.
You have our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers.
-RBHS Class of 2003

Pamela Wegener Oct 13 2021 8:00 AM

Peggy, my deepest sympathy to you and your daughters. He's in Heaven, healthy and watching over you❤️

Faith Clark Oct 12 2021 11:58 PM

What can you say about one of the greatest teachers of a lifetime. Mr. Osman saw the best in others and always had a sarcastic but yet respectful way of calling you out. The sarcasm kept you on your toes and always coming back for more. He truly was one the greatest teachers that walked the halls of RBHS during my time there. I will forever be grateful for his candor, support and wit. RIParadise Mr Osman.

Jessica Whiteley RBHS Class of 95 Oct 12 2021 7:06 PM

We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Peggy, and family, and friends of John, as well. As a cousin ,with too much distance in miles between us , we were not fortunate enough to get to spend much time together during his lifetime. However, I was blessed to spend many many fun times with both his mother and dad, and his sister and her husband,from the time I was a young adult ,until each of their "passing."In knowing them, and from all the wonderful comments I have read here, I know I would most certainly have loved spending time with "Johnny Bill" as we knew him. He obviously touched the hearts of many people and leaves a great legacy for all of you to cherish. May you all be blessed with comfort in knowing others share in your loss. Sincerely, Linda and Tom Shipley

Linda Shipley Oct 12 2021 5:10 PM

May Mr. Osman's family be comforted by the all the wonderful praise he is receiving from former students. There is a saying that teachers don't do it for the income but for the outcome. He certainly touched many young lives. God bless him on his journey and God bless his wonderful family.

Diana Robertson Oct 12 2021 4:58 PM

As I have heard it said, " The departed live on in the memory of the living..." It is evident here that Mr. Osman and his legacy will continue for many years, both in the lives of his family, and all of the student's whose lives he touched. I count myself fortunate to be one of those students. A typical teenage boy, I was torn between acting cool for the amusement of his friends, and acknowledging that there have been some coherent thoughts floating around in my skull. Mr. Osman saw through my thin screen and challenged me. As mentioned here elsewhere, he was wise enough to know just the words needed to illicit the desired response. After acting like a particular Jack - ass one day, he called me out in class saying" If you lie down with dogs, you're bound to come up with fleas." I was perceptive enough to know that he wasn't talking about my choice in girlfriends, but rather my behavior. I accepted his challenge and decided to show him what I could do. After that I excelled in his writing classes and all those in college afterwards. It was one of those life lessons that have to be taught by someone other than your parents. I had heard the same thing hundreds of times at previously, but when it came from another adult you respected and enjoyed, it hit home. That lesson has served me well in my life and career. I like to think that Mr. Osman saw a bit of himself in me, and knew what I needed to hear. Over the years when the question has come up - "Who was your favorite teacher?" I have always answered: "Mr. Osman". I am grateful that our paths crossed, and he took the time to invest in me. Peggy, Jill, Monica, and family - thanks for sharing John with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you all -

Jeremy Mulholland, RBHS 1992 Oct 12 2021 4:42 PM

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