Donald R. Osmonson, 81, of rural Albert Lea, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at home on his farm.

"Ozzy" Osmonson was born June 26, 1932, in Albert Lea, to Rufus and Valda Osmonson. He was raised on the family farm and attended Austin High School.

In 1950, he entered service with the United States Air Force. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in June 1953.

He married Harriet C. Brown in October of 1953. They started a family in 1954 and subsequently had seven children.

During his lifetime, he started working part-time at Sears Roebuck and eventually worked full-time as a livestock buyer for the Hormel Company. He was stationed in Nebraska, Iowa and returned to Preston, where he opened the new station and from where he retired in 1993. During his time in the Preston/Lanesboro area, he farmed full-time while working at Hormel.

He and his wife then moved to the family farm in Freeborn County.

Upon retirement, he took up golfing and bowling, as well as continuing his love for the outdoors and all things associated with it. His biggest joy was spending time in his woodworking shop making beautiful pieces of furniture for family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Harriet, of 60 years; sons, Jeff, Patrick and Kenneth; and daughters, Brenda and Marcia.

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas, and a daughter, Terese.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held last Friday at St. Augustine Church in Austin.

The family requests memorials to a Christian based charity.