Arthur (Art) Monroe Osborn, 70, of Seward, passed away Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at the home of his daughter, Sarah, in Kenai, Alaska. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Rae Building, 125 Third Avenue in Seward. A potluck will follow, please bring a dish and share your memories with his family.
Art was born March 17, 1949, in Eureka, California to Robert and Nadene (Turner) Osborn. He graduated from Arcata High School in 1967 and went on to attend the College of the Redwoods. Art worked in lumber mills in Oregon and California through the 70s and 80s, raising his family and instilling in them the value of hard work.
In 1987, Art fulfilled a lifelong dream when he came to Alaska on a two week vacation, while here, he was hitchhiking from Seward to Anchorage and was picked up by the foreman for the Fishing Company of Alaska, who offered him a job on the Alaska One, a fishing trawler based out of Seward. Art accepted the job and stayed in Alaska, his family joined him six months later and never looked back. Art spent a couple of years with the Fishing Company of Alaska and then took a job driving a fuel truck for Shoreside Petroleum which he did for a little over 10 years. When he retired from driving a truck, he helped open Ready Care where he met and helped care for many of Seward’s residents that needed a helping hand.
Art was an avid outdoorsman and he instilled this in all of his children and grandchildren from a young age, some of his children’s best childhood memories are traipsing around in the woods of Oregon and Alaska, looking for arrowheads, fishing for trout, hunting or just enjoying the beauty of being outdoors. Art was also a dedicated gold prospector, every minute possible was spent at his gold claim in Hope, Alaska with his daughter Sasha and any other family members who wanted to pan for a little gold! He always dreamed of someday striking it big so that his children would be taken care of when he was gone.
Art was a dedicated wrestler during his high school and college years and he took that passion and created Marathon Wrestling Club, a youth wrestling club in Seward in the early 1990s. Art moved to Ketchikan in the mid 2000s and the Marathon Wrestling Club faded out, when he returned to Seward in 2011, he, with the help of his daughter Jewel, resurrected the club. Marathon Wrestling Club took First place for Division II at the State Wrestling Tournament in May of 2019, a testament to the lasting legacy of Coach Art.
Arthur is survived by his daughter, Jewel Williams and son-in-law Nate Smith; daughter Sasha Osborn; Daughter Sarah McElrea and son-in-law Brandon McElrea; son Jesse Osborn and daughter-in-law Samantha Osborn. Grandchildren, Michael Carter, Andre Osborn, Wesley Williams, Anthony Smith, Joshua Souders, Kevin Souders, Jeremy Souders, Amber Souders, Isaac Osborn, Steven Osborn, Great Grandchildren, Benjamin Williams, Cassidy Souders, Lila Souders and Jacob Carter, all of whom were born and still live in Alaska. Art is also survived by his sisters Betty Paper, Roberta Womack, and Kathy Jackson; along with many nieces and nephews, all of whom live in California.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to be made in Coach Art’s name to the Marathon Wrestling Club, any funds donated in his name will be used to fund scholarships for future wrestlers to join Marathon Wrestling Club. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo account # 1440867446 or mailed to Marathon Wrestling Club 12796 Madera Lane, Seward, AK 99664.