The community has lost a treasured asset. Warren E. Osenberg, 86, of DeKalb, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. Osenberg exemplified community service.
Born, raised and raised his family in DeKalb, Osenberg was a DeKalb High School graduate and attended Beloit College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1946. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in February 1949, and subsequently recalled to duty in 1950, serving first at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and then for a second tour with the Counter-Intelligence Corps in Maryland. He was honorably discharged, with the rank of sergeant first class in September 1952.
Osenberg remained active in government serving on the DeKalb County Board, Library Board, Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb County Development Corporation and as a founding member and the first president of Crime Stoppers of DeKalb County. In the 1970s, he was the only insurance agent appointed to the Illinois Medical Malpractice Committee.
As an example of his commitment to community service Osenberg was inducted into the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2010. He was also a member and president of the DeKalb Lions Club, a life member of the DeKalb Elks Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, KCH100 and American Legion.
Read Warren E. Osenberg full obituary here.
His service, advice, humor and occasional sharp tongue for city and county business will be missed.