My name is Richard Osar. I was born in Beardstown, Illinois on October 13, 1939 to Everett and Kathryn Osar. I have two brothers: Ted lives in Belvidere, Illinois; and Bill lives in Buffalo, New York.
I graduated Beardstown High School in 1957, went to work with my father in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and lived in Elgin, Illinois. I met and married my wife Karen on October 6, 1962. We just celebrated our 57th anniversary. We have four children: Kevin and Brian in Elgin, Illinois; Mark in San Antonio, Texas; and Cari in Delhi, Iowa. We have 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
I was a laborer for 8 years after graduation for a building company, then a carpenter in the same company. I went into business for myself building homes to sell for about 7 years, until tough times hit. I went to work at a school as a maintenance worker for 13 years. I had a massive stroke in 1988, and thanks to my family who always told me “Can’t die in the poor house” if I complained about having to take therapy or learn to walk, talk, or eat on my own again. I like being at Mill Valley to be around people. I do miss riding my three wheeled bicycle, but maybe someday it can come back to me.