The Hardest Thing I’ve Had To Write

David Everett Osborn, 54, of Silvis, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill., after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
His visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Moline, with services at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. The Rev. Don Levitt will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. He will be inurned at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, East Moline, at a later date. Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline, is handling arrangements.
Dave was born Sept. 8, 1954, in Moline, to Everett and Rita Besser Osborn. He married Margaret Fitzgibbon on June 11, 1983, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island. This July they celebrated their 25th anniversary. They adopted their two children in January and October of 1988.
Dave was a driving force in his work as an assistant state’s attorney at the Rock Island County Courthouse for 29 years. In that time he prosecuted innumerable cases and took on the responsibility of updating the office on changes to the criminal law as well as appellate and post conviction duties. He was an excellent resource for all departments and his constant presence and dedication made him a pillar of the office. He was awarded the 14th Judicial Circuit Criminal Justice Award in 2006 for outstanding performance and involvement in the criminal justice community.
He helped establish the Rock Island County Drug Court Program and was an officer and board member of the Illinois Association of Drug Court Professionals, as well as a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Last year, he was presented with the Judge Getty award from the IADCP for his outstanding achievements in the drug court movement.
Dave was heavily involved with his church, serving as a Eucharistic minister at Christ the King and on the parish council at his former church, as well as on the Silvis Library Board. Dave was a diehard Cubs fan and loved classic rock, Oreos, and, inexplicably, doing the dishes. He made the best grilled cheese sandwiches known to man, lousy tuna casserole and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Catie Osborn, Silvis; son, Michael Osborn, East Moline; brother, Tim Osborn, Palatine, Ill.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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