MILFORD — Osborn (Oz) Eggleston, 91, went to be with his Lord on March 15, 2013, at his home, with his family at his side.
Oz was born Dec. 6, 1921, son of J. Ward and Maria (Osborn) Eggleston and lived his entire life on Eggleston Hill in the town of Middlefield. Along with his five brothers and two sisters, he learned his work ethics on the family farm. This was also the scene of nurturing the love of family, friends and neighbors.
Third in his class, Oz graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1939, where he continued to take post-graduate courses. While never pursing a formal higher education, Oz was an avid reader. In the late 1930s, he took out a life subscription to Reader’s Digest. Current copies are still on his side table.
During WWII, Oz and his five brothers advanced the war effort on their productive family farm. At that time it produced a bounty of fruits, vegetables and animals. The Eggleston Farm was known throughout the area for its berries.
The Milford Methodist Church was a familiar part of Oz’s youth where he was a member of the choir. In 1945, Elizabeth Jean Adamy was not only the new music teacher at school, but also the church choir director. August 14, 1947, they tied the knot and became partners in the family farm and raising seven children. It was at this time that Oz developed the dairy farm that is still in operation today, run by two of his sons. Oz was a member of the Dairymen’s League Co-op and held officer positions in the early years.
Oz enjoyed his work on the farm and helping out his neighbors, often putting their work before his own. He took joy in having his siblings, nephews and nieces visit the farm and share in its bounties. In 1955, land across the road from the farm was given to his in-laws, who built a retirement home that he and Betty eventually enjoyed.