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LaVon Irene Osher

August 20, 2014
Estherville News

LaVon Irene Osher, 102, Wallingford, passed away June 26th, 2014 in Vista, Calif. Her funeral services were held in Escondido, Calif.

LaVon was born to Violet (Patterson) and William Logan on April 4th, 1912 in Buffalo Center, Iowa. She was the oldest of five children Bobby, Betty, Billy and Bud. They lived on a farm outside Superior and enjoyed a happy household. Their Irish wit and kindness brought them many visitors.

LaVon was born with a love for learning and at fourteen years old she moved into "town" to attend Estherville High School. She worked for her room and board. In 1930, she graduated from EHS with the distinction of having earned a place in the National Honor Society. Upon graduation she was offered a teaching position in Emmet Township Iowa, which she happily accepted. Once again she was working for her board and room. Hers was a country school with one room. She taught first through eighth grade. She also was the janitor and the nurse. Sometimes the older boys would help with the wood but LaVon was the one who kept the fires burning, no easy task in Northwest Iowa. Her students were champion spellers and always came out on top at the spelling bees. Her father in particular took great pride in that yearly achievement.

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LaVon Irene Osher

One weekend at the height of the depression, LaVon went "home" to see her family. Their hired man, Mr. Ray, had just learned that his mother had passed away in Chicago and no one had money to send him back on the train for her funeral. LaVon had saved her money and she was able to pay for Mr. Rays trip. Her monthly pay was seventeen ($17) dollars. LaVon was known and admired for her frugality and her generosity.

In 1934, she married Edwin O. Osher from Wallingford, Iowa. In 1944 they purchased a house and a piece of property just outside Wallingford. Together they created and grew a successful gravel and construction business. In 1950 they took their first trip to Phoenix, Arizona and a few years later purchased a home, and that is where they spent most of their winters.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sharon, and her son, Michael: Granddaughter, Kimberly, Grandsons, David, Christopher, John, Jeremiah and Jesse: Great Grandaughters in-law Christina, Maieta, and Natalee: Great Grandchildren: Ruby, Roslyn, Noah, Logan, Hannah, John, Mia, Ronan, Evan, Gracie, Bella and Kaylee.

Condolences will reach the family at P.O. Box 387, Wallingford, Iowa 51365.



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