Oseas Yabes Tumbaga “Osh” died peacefully at Zale Lipshy University Hospital on October 27, 2014, in Dallas, Texas at the age of 78.
Osh is survived by wife Aurora Acevedo Tumbaga; children, Loni Jo Tumbaga Holt, Jodi Lyn Tumbaga, and Gary Craig Tumbaga, Humberto “Junior” Acevedo and Iris Ruiz; siblings, Carlena Tumbaga Vea, Julie Tumbaga Peake, Job Tumbaga and Sam Tumbaga of Kekaha, Kauai. He is preceded in death by parents Daniel and Maria Tumbaga of Kekaha, Kauai, first wife Linda “Lynne” Shannon of Reno, Nevada, and niece Jennifer Tumbaga of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Osh was born on April 7, 1936, in the Phillipines to Daniel Farenas Tumbaga and Maria Yabes Tumbaga. He graduated from Waimea High School in 1956 and would complete his Bachelor’s of Science degree nearly 20 years later. In December 1965, Osh married Linda Faye Hamilton, a young nurse he met at their workplace Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio. Over the next six years, the couple welcomed three children into their home and Osh set about teaching them to be independent and self-sufficient.
After a particularly harsh Ohio winter, the family moved to Garland, Texas in the summer of 1977 and Osh began work as a microbiologist in the lab at Methodist Hospital of Dallas. Osh and Linda separated in the early 90’s and finalized an amicable divorce in 1994. In May of that same year, Osh married Aurora Acevedo in a ceremony held at Methodist Hospital surrounded by their co-workers and friends. In the twenty years of their marriage, they would see their blended family welcome 10 grandchildren: Austin, Alfredo, Alise, Angela, Cecelia, Jennifer, Kayla, Kenny, Kraig, and Matthew; and 5 great-grandchildren: Joey, Joseph, Landon, Liberty, and Vivian. He is remembered by his children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews as a loving man who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams, to always strive to live up to their potential, to never stop learning, to work hard, play hard, and love their family.
Osh was accomplished at chess and enjoyed playing against the computer set at the highest level of difficulty enjoying the portability of his games through his phone and Aurora’s iPad. He loved watching the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys as well as watching history unfold at the Olympic Games. He was proud to have trained the first American Kennel Club registered St. Bernard to be conferred the Utility Dog obedience degree in both the United States and Canada and earning the a spot in the St. Bernard Hall of Fame in 1969. He was passionate about continuous learning and the love of family.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, November 1st at 2pm at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 750 West Lucas Road Lucas, TX 75002. Reverend Diane Presley will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Osh’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to UT Southwestern Medical Center, Office of Development, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 or online at http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/donatenow. The family would like to thank Dr. Rickert and the Zale Lipshy University Hospital team for their dedicated and compassionate care.
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