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John Henry Osgood


John Henry Osgood

John H. Osgood died on June 7, 2011 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, after a very long illness. Mr. Osgood was a 38-year Anchorage resident. He was 71.

John was born in Tacoma, WA on March 9, 1940. He was a graduate of Lakeside Preparatory School in Seattle, WA in 1958 and received his Bachelor of Science degree at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

In 1992, he and a friend started DataFlow/Alaska, to provide IT services. It became a partnership with five friends, and then incorporated. The company started business in 1994. He spent approximately 13 years at DataFlow where he provided contract technical support, with his longest contract supporting the FAA in Anchorage. John's personality and endless supply of jokes endeared him to customers and colleagues alike; many who became close personal friends.

John brought computer savvy to his personal life too. As an early adopter of home computers and networks, a mutual computer friend introduced him to another computer buff, Deidre Ganopole, a lifelong resident of Anchorage. John and Deidre married in Anchorage, AK on July 4, 1995. Deidre was a companion, partner and care giver for John throughout their marriage and John's decades long battle with diabetes. She was at John's side when he passed.

He was an avid fisherman and known as "The Pope" of the Church of Our Convenience. Over the years, he officiated life cycle events for dozens of friends.

"John will be remembered for his kindness, integrity, and enduring sense of humor. He had a way of touching people's lives with incredible and lasting impact. John was "good people" and will be dearly missed," his family said.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian A. Van Woert and George H. Osgood.

He is survived by his wife, Deidre Ganopole, his three daughters, Carrie Osgood of Anchorage, Kirsten Wolberg of San Francisco, CA, and Carla Wyrick of Anchorage; three granddaughters, Alyssa Wyrick, Margeaux Wolberg, Annika Wolberg; his cousins, Marilyn and Bill Drescher of CA and his loyal dog Wolfie. John is also survived by many close friends for whom he cared deeply.

A celebration of life for John's friends and family was on June 22 at the Bayshore Clubhouse in Anchorage. Donations in John's memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association 801 W Fireweed Ln # 103, Anchorage, AK 99503-1893.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, June 23, 2011.