Monte Osteen, USAF Retired and Vietnam Veteran, 73, of Orlando, Fla., passed away on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, from complications of a six-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
Born Jan. 4, 1938 in Caney Spring, to the late Kermit and Elizabeth Osteen, he retired a decorated veteran from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years, including two tours in Vietnam, and settled in Orlando where he had been previously stationed at McCoy Air Force Base. A second career resulted in his retirement from the Orange County Sheriffs Department.
Monte's life in Florida was filled with times spent with his family and his love and passion for baseball, fishing, and being outdoors.
While in the service Monte met and married his wife of 46 years, Laura "The Love of My Life" Osteen (Wasden) of Savannah, Ga. Together he and Laura raised five cherished and wonderful daughters, Cheryl King (deceased), Connie Somers, Lynn Wolfe (husband Sonny), Barbara Fagan (husband John) and Lori Osteen. He is also survived by a brother, K.L. Osteen of the Caney Spring Community; sister, Kay; grandchildren, Shalyn, Ryan, Kameron, Bryce and Dalen; and great-grandchildren Kaylee and Chase.
In addition to his parents and daughter, Monte was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Osteen.
He will be laid to rest with his mother and father in Caney Spring. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Lawrence Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13.
A graveside service, with Military Honors, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Allen Cemetery in the Caney Spring Community,
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Monte's name to The Hospice of the Comforter, 480 West Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, who were of tremendous help and comfort to Monte and Laura during his final days.