In memory of
Henry Paul Oseran
Henry Paul Oseran
May 17, 1924 - Oct. 20, 2019
Henry Oseran, a Portlander for almost seven decades, died peacefully surrounded by his family Oct. 20, 2019. Henry was born in Seattle May 17, 1924 to Anna and Ben Oseran. He attended Broadway High School where he developed a passion for journalism as editor of his high school newspaper which won the national Pacesetter Award for outstanding high school newspaper during his tenure.
After a year at the University of Washington, Henry enlisted in WWII in the Army and was assigned to the 104th Infantry Division which fought across Europe from France through Holland and Belgium across the Rhine River in to Germany. With 154 days of straight night fighting combat, Henry served as a machine gunner where he was wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart.
Henry always said that his wartime service was the most formative experience of his life and he could never get over how lucky he had been to survive that level of combat. He later spent a great deal of time with many of his comrades in arms from the Northwest.
Henry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He met his wife of 71 years, Nancy, when they were 17 years old at a roller skating party in Seattle. While they both had other dates that night, Henry and Nancy often joked they were the only two that couldn't skate and struck up a conversation that night that lasted a lifetime.
Henry pursued each chapter of his varied career with optimism and resolve. He started out in advertising in Seattle after college and later moved to Portland where he owned a furniture store for a few years. He subsequently founded and operated Oregon Metal Slitters, a steel processing company which was the first of its kind in the Northwest, for more than 30 years. After retiring from the steel business, Henry owned and managed Oseran Investment Company, a local industrial real estate firm.
When asked why his career had taken such an unusual path, Henry would say with characteristic candor— "after my experience in the war, what else could happen to me."
Henry was a man of many interests who was only limited by time. He was a voracious reader with an affinity for military histories, an enthusiastic fisherman, an avid bonsai gardener and accomplished tennis player.
Henry is also survived by two children, Dan (Tracy) and Laurie Oseran; four grandchildren, Anna and Andrew Oseran, Lilly and Adam (Alli) Wyden; and one great-grandson, Teddy Wyden.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in the chapel at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders, Portland. A reception will follow in Goodman Hall.
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