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Arthur W. Osmer

April 3, 1942 ~ July 6, 2017 (age 75)

Arthur W. “Art” Osmer, 75, of Main Street, Petrolia, a well-known life long Petroleum Valley resident, passed away early Thursday morning, July 6, 2017 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Arthur was born in Petrolia on April 3, 1942. He was the son of Wilbur W. and Susan D. Coleman Osmer. Mr. Osmer was of the Roman Catholic Faith. Art was a 1960 graduate of Karns City-Fairview Twp. High School, and served in the US Army Reserves. He was employed for 40 years at Penreco in Karns City, and retired as the foreman of outside contractors in 2000. In his earlier years, Art was an EMT, and had been an active member of the Petrolia Ambulance Service and the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Dept.

Art was well-known for decades as a talented racecar builder and driver, and was very proud of his team at Osmer Family Racing. He was a regular at Lernerville for more than 35 years racing late-model #6A. Art raced in various divisions for most of his life at various tracks in the tristate area. Arthur was a member of the Butler Rod Fathers, the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club, the Pa. Vintage Modified Club, and the Twin State Auto Club, which inducted him into their hall of fame. He enjoyed hunting, tinkering, and working on various projects in his garage. Art was a proud owner of a 1939 John Deere “B”, which he restored. He loved spending time with his grandsons, and sitting by the campfire with his family.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl J. “Pam” Weibel Osmer, whom he married at St. Eusebius Roman Catholic Church in East Brady on January 15, 1966. He is also survived by three children, Wes Osmer, of Petrolia, Sandra Sherwin, and her husband, Keith, of Parker, and Dan Osmer, and his wife Heather, of Butler; four grandchildren, Gregory and Jonathan Sherwin of Parker, and Wesley and Dash Osmer, of Butler; three sisters, Helen Little, of Artesia, NM, Joyce Briggs, of Leechburg, and Sylvia Myers, and her husband, Paul, of Vandergrift; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City, 128 Main Street, Karns City from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, and from 12-3 and 5-8 p.m. Sunday. A blessing service will be held from the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Rick Thompson, pastor of Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church in Chicora. Interment with military honors provided by the Chicora, East Brady, and Brady’s Bend American Legion Posts will take place in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.  Memorial contributions in Mr. Osmer’s name may be made to your local ambulance service or fire department.

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