HURON — Dorothy (Dode) Osman, 87, of Huron, South Dakota, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Northfield, Minnesota, on Friday evening, August 13, 2021.
We share, with great sadness, the passing of our beautiful, Mother, Dode Osman, on Friday evening. She passed peacefully, gracefully and shared her beautiful smile and that twinkle in her eyes with us to the very end. She has been living in Northfield, Minn., and enjoying life with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and feeling very blessed. We will all miss her very much and are very grateful that we were able to call her “Mom”.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church, Huron. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 24, from 1 to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kuhler Funeral Home. Dode’s family requests that all attendees wear masks.
Cards may be sent to Karen Rehurek at 1140 Woodland Trail, Northfield, Minn. 55057. The family prefers memorials to Northfield Hospice, 1604 Riverview Lane, Northfield, Minn. or call at 507-646-1457 or American Lutheran Church, at 155 4th Street SE, Huron, S.D. 57350.
Dorothy Eleanor Osman was born April 18, 1934, to A. Keith and Charlotte (Davis) Wilkes, at Sioux Falls, S.D. The family lived on a farm near Davis, S.D., before moving to Sioux Falls and then to Mitchell. In 1945, they moved to Rapid City where she graduated from high school in 1952. She attended the University of South Dakota and was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
She married Gene Osman in Rapid City, on December 27, 1953. They lived at Benning, Ga. and Fort Rucker, Ala. while Gene was serving in the US Army. Following Gene’s honorable discharge, they returned to Huron and later owned and operated the Osman Motor Company until 1982. Dode worked with Gene in the business as secretary/treasurer. In retirement, Dode and Gene traveled and enjoyed many years wintering in Mesa.
Dode was a member of American Lutheran Church where she served on several boards, sang in the Senior Choir and played in the Jubilate Handbell Choir for twenty years. She was a charter member and first president of P.E.O. Chapter CH when it was organized in 1974. In 2014, she was recognized as a 60-year member of the sisterhood. She enjoyed golf, music, singing, books, crossword puzzles, cards, sewing, and loved spending time with family and friends.
Dode lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bob Rehurek, at Northfield, Minn., for the last three years while receiving hospice care for cancer. Hospice called her “Their Miracle Girl”. She set an example to all on how to maintain grace, a beautiful smile, optimism, and a sense of humor through all of life’s ups and downs. She enjoyed numerous family gatherings during this time and getting to know her great grandchildren, who brought her so much joy. Her faith was important to her, as were acts of service and community involvement. She was well loved by those who knew her and will be dearly missed by many.
Survivors include her daughters, Laura Osman of Plymouth, Minn., Karen (Bob) Rehurek of Northfield, Minn., Lindy (Gary) Musgrave of Lakewood, Colo., and Kay (Russ) Mendel of Madison, S.D.; her grandchildren, Daniel and Brian Rehurek, Emily (Tyler) Ledyard, Alyssa (Malachi) Everitt, Kirsten Musgrave, Jay (Julie) Mendel and Jackson Mendel; her great-grandchildren, Samuel and Joseph Ledyard, Jack and Charlie Everitt and Raelynn Mendel; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007; her parents; her sister, Win Lampert; her brother, Stan Wilkes; her sister-in-law, Joan Bichler; her brothers-in-law, Walter Lampert and Ward Bichler; her nephew, Craig Wilkes; and her niece, Jody Else.