The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 10, 2013

L. Jack “Buddy” VanOsdol

Published 9-10-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — L. Jack “Buddy” VanOsdol, our beloved brother, uncle, cousin and friend to all, died on Aug. 8, 2013.  Buddy was born May 8, 1945, in Enid to Jack L. VanOsdol and Linnie Williamson VanOsdol.

He graduated from Jet High School in 1963. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1967.

He went to work for Computing and Software Inc. (C&S), at White Sands Missile Range as a data analyst in the fall of 1967.

He worked on military and NASA projects. Buddy worked on the lunar module landing radar and rendezvous radar that was used on Apollo missions to the moon

He also worked on numerous classified military projects.

While working at C&S, he played on their numerous sporting teams. He left in 1970, to return to college at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Later he taught mathematics at North Enid and Cherokee school districts. Lastly, he devoted his career to farming in the Jet area, along with fishing and hunting.

Within his family, he was known for losing or breaking a pair of reading glasses on a weekly basis. Plus, he often “misplaced” his car and truck keys. His nieces and nephews will remember their Uncle Buddy as the one who taught them to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Linnie VanOsdol, and his sister, Sandra Jane Luginbill.

Survivors include his sister, Louise VanOsdol of Fort Smith, Ark.; nieces and nephews, Julie Darras and family of Ada, Melvin Luginbill and family of Antlers, Jimmi Lossing of Kansas City, Mo., and Sean Lossing of Olathe, Kan.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at United Methodist Church, Jet, with Rev. Mary Irby and Rev. Robert Duvan officiating.

Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery, north of Jet, with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Cherokee.

Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. (

Memorials may be given to Jet United Methodist Church or Jet Fire Department through the funeral home.

(Submitted by family)