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Thomas Wesley Osmer

November 3, 1966 ~ June 23, 2019 (age 52)


Thomas Wesley “Wes” Osmer, 52, of Petrolia, a well-known Petroleum Valley resident, skilled racecar builder and mechanic passed away early Sunday morning, June 23, 2019 at the Chicora Medical Center with his family at his side.

Wes was born in Butler on November 3, 1966. He was son of Cheryl “Pam” Weibel Osmer, and the late Arthur “Art” Osmer. He was of the Roman Catholic faith. Wes was a 1984 graduate of Karns City High School and Vale Tech Auto School in Blairsville. In his earlier years, he had worked for Boice Tire, Baglier Buick, and Kelly Chevrolet. On June 1, 1986, Wes was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in a severe spinal cord injury. With overwhelming perseverance, Wes would ultimately walk again with the help of braces and canes. Racecars were his passion in life, and he was an expert in building racecar bodies and engines. He was a well-known NASCAR trivia enthusiast, and was a true Dale Earnhardt fan. Life for Wes was in the garage with his dad, and at the racetrack. He was well-known in the tri-state area dirt-track circuit as a highly respected mechanic. Wes enjoyed watching his nephews' go-kart races, mentoring the Electrotech robotics club in Emlenton, hunting, going for rides with his dad, the company of his Basset Hound, Hank, as well as the company of his family and friends, and his extended family at the Chicora Medical Center, and listening to country music.

Wes had a wonderful sense of humor, and was a good friend to all who knew him. Wes’s mother says: “The long race is over, and he’s now in victory lane.”

Wes is survived by his mother, Pam Osmer, of Petrolia; a sister, Sandra Sherwin, and her husband, Keith, of Parker; his brother, Daniel, and his wife, Heather, of Butler; Wes was proud of his four nephews, Gregory and Jonathan Sherwin of Parker, and Wesley and Dash Osmer, of Butler, as well as a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

In addition to his father, Wes is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Tom and Betty Weibel, and his paternal grandparents, Wilbur “Wib” and Sue Osmer.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Karns City, 128 Main Street, Karns City, from 6-8 p.m. today (Monday) and from 1-3 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. A blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home with the Rev. Lou Pascazi, pastor of the Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church in Chicora, officiating. Interment will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia. Memorial contributions in Wes’s name may be made to Droopy Basset Hound Rescue of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., 15581 Stewart Hill Road, Union City, PA 16438.

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