Carlton M. Osburn

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Carlton M. Osburn, 87, of Elkhart, Ind., died March 9 in Hubbard Hill Estates.

He was born Aug. 20, 1921, in Lansing, Mich., to Earl T. and Agnes E. (Earle) Osburn. He married Ramona Taylor on July 17, 1943, in Lansing and celebrated his 65th anniversary last summer.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona Osburn; one son, Carlton (Mary Anna Sampsell) Osburn of Cary, N.C.; one daughter, Susan (Frederick) Hopkins of Eureka Springs; four grandchildren, including Piper (Jake) Allen of Eureka Springs, and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beth (Osburn) Moore of San Diego, Calif., and his brother, Earl J. (Mildred) Osburn of Midland, Mich.

He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1943 from Michigan State University. During World War II he was a field engineer for RCA attached to the U.S. Navy Airborne Coordinating Group in the U.S. and Pacific areas and was on the island of Tinian at the close of the war. He was an autopilot and aircraft remote control engineer at Lear Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich. He moved to Elkhart in 1956 and assumed the position of chief engineer at C.G. Conn before joining CTS where he advanced to vice-president of engineering. He retired from CTS in 1983.

Mr. Osburn was a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a life member of the Masonic Tyrian Lodge and a 32nd degree life member of the South Bend Consistory. He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church, and he belonged to the Elkhart Coin Club.

A private service will be held by the family to celebrate his life.

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Memorial donations can be made to the American Printing House for the Blind, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206, or The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 22579 Old U.S. 20 E., Elkhart, IN 46516.