Thanks, John

By Jayson Jacoby / The Baker City Herald

When you own the town's ice cream shop you're going to get a lot of smiles from your customers.

Who can frown, after all, at the man who hands you a double scoop of rocky road or huckleberry?

But John Osborn did a lot more to make people happy than whip up milkshakes at Charley's Ice Cream parlor at Main and Broadway.

Osborn, who died July 2 at age 61, was helping Baker County's children long before he weighed his first bag of jelly beans or jawbreakers at Charley's.

He was an assistant Scoutmaster for a quarter century.

He served on the sale committees for the Baker County Fair, as well as the Baker County Fair in Halfway.

He coached youth baseball and softball for many years.

John later turned his restaurant into a Thanksgiving soup kitchen, where he served free meals to people on the holiday.

It's little wonder that John was nominated for Baker County Man of the Year in 2010.

We hope Charley's continues to dish out treats for sweet tooths of all ages.

But the place won't ever be quite the same without John Osborn standing behind the counter, asking you what'll you have.

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