Approaching retirement, Oz returned to the choir at church and soon after, joined Betty as a member of the Catskill Choral Society, where he sang bass for many years. Betty and Oz toured Europe with the NYS Chamber Choir in 1981. Music was always a part of his life and he could be heard humming tunes right up to the end.
During retirement, Betty and Oz moved across the road where Oz could finally enjoy his passion of gardening and raising raspberries. In addition to filling his own freezer, root cellar and canning shelves, he had plenty of produce to share with family, friends and neighbors. He literally donated tons of potatoes and winter squash to Portlandville for their bi-annual church dinners over the years. He would freeze hundreds of quarts of raspberries and rhubarb and make fresh jam all year long. Friends and family would never leave his home empty handed.
Oz enjoyed the nature around him especially on Eggleston Hill. Whether feeding the birds, observing the wild turkeys or commenting about the turkey vultures circling overhead, he would make reference to them in his annual holiday letters that were a treat to read; full of whit, humor and life long lessons worthy of sharing. While Oz never amassed great treasures, his wealth was with his family, friends and neighbors that made it possible for him to maintain his independence at home.
Osborn is survived by three daughters, Kathryn (Cal) Chase, Oneonta, Sandra (Mark) Andrews, Wilmington, Del., Janet (George) Blatsos, Eggleston Hill; four sons, Jeffrey, Eggleston Hill, Robert (Diane), Skaneateles, Ralph (Laura), Eggleston Hill, Philip (Kelly) Vicksburg, Miss.; 15 grandchildren, Christopher, Jeffrey and Kelly Chase, Kristin, Craig, Diane, Tony, Sarah and Hugh Andrews, Jason Blatsos, Jennifer and James Eggleston, Elijah and Erica Eggleston and Ellen Eggleston; three great- grandchildren, Cappagnia-Lynn Chase, Nolan Andrews and Brandon Boyce; four brothers, Niles, Milford Center, Seymour ‘Zip,’ Webster, Gordon, North Carolina, James (Bev), Harpursville; one sister, Marian (George) Brennan, Ariz. He is also survived by many extended family members, friends and neighbors.