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Stephen S. Osder

03/22/1925 - 06/29/2014

Stephen S. Osder, 89, passed away June 29, 2014 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel


  • I just happened across this obituary by coincidence in late Nov 2018, 4-1/2 years after the fact of Steve’s passing. I’ve been out of touch with the family for almost 50 years… and it brings back fond memories, which I want to share in the hope that his family and friends will see it. ; I hope this website somehow forwards these comments to the family. Steve and Muriel Osder were good friends of my parents back in the 60s-70s, when I was in high school and then college. They were both good and fun people. I remember they had two daughters, Joan and Jane, who were several years younger than me. I remember all of us — kids and parents — one day chuckling over the clever wisdom embodied in the then-hit song, Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley PTA”, so apropos for Phoenix at the time. I remember Steve giving me my first college summer job, between freshman and sophomore years in the summer of ’68, working as an engineering aide in the avionics engineering department he ran at Sperry Flight Systems Division in Phoenix. I remember him in the office as well as outside of it when our families would get together: his calmness while holding strong opinions; his insightful observations into both engineering issues and life… his good heart… his appreciation for good humor, both his own and others’… the twinkle in his eye. And while writing this, I just looked up Muriel… and to my chagrin, discovered that she also passed away that same year! For the girls — and I realize not “girls” any longer — that’s a lot of loss in one year. I hope the warm memories of your parents helped you get through that tough time, and that time itself has since helped ease the pain. Your parents were good people… really good people. Rest ye well Steve and Muriel. I’m glad that your lives intersected with my own.

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