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Osborne "Ozzie" Curtis Liaboe
Rock Valley, IA: Osborne “Ozzie” Liaboe, 93, of Rock Valley, Iowa, died Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state and federal guidance on gatherings of no more than 10 people, Ozzie’s family will be holding a private family graveside service at Valley View Cemetery of Rock Valley on Wednesday, April 22 with Pastor Edward Pease officiating. Public viewing, with no family present, and limited to 10 people at a time, practicing social distancing, will be at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley from 12:00 to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 21. Memorials may be directed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Rock Valley.
Osborne Curtis Liaboe, son of Ole and Clara (Johnson) Liaboe, was born May 8, 1926 in Irene, South Dakota. Osborne was united in marriage with Marilyn Andersen on November 21, 1950.
Osborne “Ozzie” graduated from Irene High School in 1944 and entered the United States Army Infantry where he served as a machine gunner in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
Upon returning to South Dakota, he planned to work with his father in the Liaboe Garage. His mother had other ideas, and she escorted him to college where he earned a BA in chemistry from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1950. He completed his Master’s Degree in school administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.
The next three years were spent teaching high school in rural South Dakota, residing one year in Iroquois and two years in Brandon, where he found himself instructing students in everything from math and chemistry to foreign language and instrumental music. He then accepted the position of K-12 principal in Rock Valley in 1953. In1972, his job at Rock Valley Community School changed to principal of grades 7-12, where he remained until his retirement in 1991. During his early years in Rock Valley, he also was a classroom teacher of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. He gradually shed these classroom duties, usually just prior to one of his children enrolling in one of his classes.
Ozzie was also active in the community. He was a founding member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where he was a member of the church council and the church choir. Civic memberships included the Rotary Club, the Rock Valley Golf Course, the VFW, the American Legion, and Rock Valley Variance Committee.
In retirement, Ozzie loved to travel with Marilyn. For many years they spent winters in Arizona. The two of them also cherished time spent with children, grand-children, great grand-children, and friends, many of whom were close enough to visit frequently and even engage in friendly games of cribbage or poker on a regular basis.
Ozzie spent the last several years of his life in the care of the fine staff of Whispering Heights in Rock Valley.
Osborne is survived by two children, Mark (Gretchen) Liaboe of Dubuque, Iowa and Sonia (Lyle) Remmerde of Rock Valley, Iowa: seven grandchildren, Lauren (Eric) Reynolds, Frederick (Margaret) Liaboe, Chase (Morgan Smith) Liaboe, Paul (Stacy) Remmerde, Debra (Barry) Leusink, Karin (Adam) Rosman, and Angela (Brandon) Dorhout : eleven great grand-children, Samuel, Avery, and Eva Remmerde, Elijah and Noah Rosman, Myka, Finnley, and Walker Leusink, Freddy Liaboe, Oliver Reynolds, and Jude Dorhout.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn, his parents Ole and Clara, his brother Wendell, and his sister-in-law Darlene Liaboe.
I was fortunate to have Mr. Liaboe as my Principal at Rock Valley High School, who always took time to know me as a person. I am so sorry for his loss.
Jim Vugteveen RV 1956 May 8 2020 12:00 AM
I have many fond memories of being with the Liaboe family. Ozzie had a positive influence on thousands of people. A great legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Dave & Jeanne Kaufman
Dave Kaufman Apr 22 2020 12:00 AM
I always enjoyed seeing Ozzie when the "good guys (Central Lyon)" competed in Rock Valley. He always made it a point to find me and exchange a few barbs.
RIP - Mr Liaboe
Bruce Jongerius Apr 22 2020 12:00 AM
I have great respect for Mr. Liaboe. Mr. Liaboe was a consumate professional. When I was in his office as a student, I always felt like he truly listened to my perspective. One time when I was visiting with him in the nursing home, he said "it has been 25 years, you can call me Ozzie.". I replied "No sir, you are always Mr. Liaboe to me.". He smiled affirmatively. Mr. Liaboe made a positive difference in the world.
Bill B. Boer Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM
I am sorry to hear of Mr. Liaboe's passing. He was one of my favorite teachers. I had him for Algebra, Chemistry, and Physics. A great memory that I have of him was during my Freshman year of High School, I was sent to the Principal's office by our English teacher because I had put a cap from a cap gun on the window ledge and hit it with my ring, which caused it to explode. When I showed up at Mr. Liaboe's office and told him the story, he had a great laugh about it and told my to go to study hall. The next day when I went back to English class the instructor would not let me back in the class, so I went back to the study hall. Mr. Liaboe saw me in the study hall and asked me what I was doing there. When I told him the teacher would not let me back in class, he escorted me back to class and told the teacher to let me back in. Below is a picture of Mr Liaboe with our class at our 50 year reunion in 2010.
Tom Manning Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM
It was my great privilege and honor to begin my teaching (and ending) career while Mr. Liaboe was principal at Rock Valley. He was very professional and a very "cool handed" person. I really appreciated his service. God gave him many good years of life, but the loss is real and hard. Condolences to all of you.
Freida Vander Sluis Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM
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