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George Virl Osmond, Sr
Birth: Oct. 13, 1917
Etna
Lincoln County
Wyoming, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 2007
Provo
Utah County
Utah, USA

Patriarch of the famed Osmond family of entertainers. Information about his early life is difficult to obtain, but he was born and raised in Wyoming. He enlisted into the US Army on August 18, 1941, believing that the US would eventually enter the war then raging in Europe. In 1944, he was stationed at the US Army's Adjutant General Depot in Ogden, Utah, where he met Olive May Davis (1925-2004), a secretary there. On December 1, 1944, he married Olive, and they would have nine children: George (nicknamed Virl), Thomas, Alan, Melvin (nicknamed Wayne), Merrill, Jay, Donald (nicknamed Donny), Olive (nicknamed Marie), and James (nicknamed Jimmy). After the war, George served as a missionary for the LDS Church, with missions in Hawaii and the United Kingdom. He earned his living initially selling real estate, and later selling life insurance. He took on the position of Postmaster of his hometown in Ogden, Utah, but as the Osmond family singers took off in popularity, he left this secure job to became the group's full time manager. Children Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay became famous as "The Osmond Brothers"singers, forming a quartet singing at Disneyland and on such family oriented television shows as "The Andy Williams Show." Very quickly, the remaining children, other than George and Thomas, both of whom were born deaf, became singing stars in their own right. George stressed that all of the family should cooperate with each other and help each other as one family. At times, some or all of the singing children will get together for a singing or other entertainment event. Of the children, Donny and Marie are perhaps the best known as entertainers. In 1971, George created the Osmond Foundation, helping to raise funds to aid the deaf and blind, and to combat drug abuse and alcoholism, serving as its first President. Again, this became a family enterprise, with his wife Olive serving as Secretary, and Alan serving as Vice President. Sons Virl and Tom act as managers for the foundation. The foundation also works on communicative disorders, developing methods of teaching and other specialty educational means. The foundation later was renamed the Children's Miracle Network, becoming a non-profit organization that raises funds for children's hospitals. George apparently died of natural causes at his home in Ogden, Utah. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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 Parents:
  Rulon Osmond (1893 - 1917)
  Agness Laverna Vannoy Osmond (1892 - 1985)
 
 Spouse:
  Olive Davis Osmond (1925 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  Rulon VanNoy Osmond (1914 - 2001)*
  Ralph Jacobson Osmond (1915 - 1977)*
  George Virl Osmond (1917 - 2007)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
Provo
Utah County
Utah, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Nov 06, 2007
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