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Posted on: August 22, 2022

Miami Streets Renamed and Co-Named to Honor Osborn, Grigsby and Trussler

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(MIAMI, OK.) Three Miami residents who left their marks on a city they loved and achieved greatly in differing ways were recognized with the honorary co-naming and a renaming of three Miami streets at the Miami, Ok Route 66 Heritage Fest.

To co-name a street as an honorary bestowal, a nomination is first made by the Mayor of Miami, or a City Council member and the issue is then brought to the Miami City Council by proclamation for approval.

Willie Osborn

By proclamation Mayor Parker and the Miami City Council recognized the late Willie Osborn with the honorary co-naming of West Central Avenue (Main Street to A Street NW) as “Willie Osborn Drive”.

Osborn spent a lifetime working to improve the lives of the citizens of Miami and Ottawa County. Coming from humble beginnings, he believed that every life matters and that what we do to improve the lives of our neighbors improves each of our lives as well.

Osborn began his career as a pharmacist in Miami in 1958 and spent 56 years serving the healthcare needs of the community. Willie, along with his wife, Jane, started Osborn Drugs in 1971. He believed in the importance of local business and its positive effect for all and worked diligently to improve Miami’s Main Street.

Miami Pharmacist and business owner Willie Osborn’s legacy is greatly noticed throughout the city of Miami. Osborn was the founding Chairman of the Miami Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Co-Chairman of Miami’s 75th and 100th Anniversary Committees, Chairman of the committee to organize ambulance service for Miami, served on the Miami Housing Authority during the construction of the Nine Tribes Tower and was President of the Miami Jaycees, the Miami Rotary Club, and the Miami Chamber of Commerce. He was a board member of Miami Baptist Hospital, First National Bank and Trust of Miami and the Advisory Board of NEO A&M College; working with his wife Jane, and like-minded Miami residents, Willie initiated contact with the Coleman family to rescue the Coleman Theatre Beautiful and to present it as a gift to the City of Miami. Along with scores of talented and dedicated volunteers, this decades long project resulted in providing the Miami School System with an auditorium and a place for community plays, musicals, and celebrations. It has become a unique asset for the City of Miami, fostering economic development, tourism, national exposure, and civic pride as well as becoming a cultural center and meeting place for the city and county. When asked for advice on how to live one’s life, Willie subscribed to a simple creed: “Work hard and do good.” Kindness and a helping hand make a town a community. His life is proof of that.

Dr. Steve Grigsby

By proclamation, the Mayor and City Council honored the late Dr. Steve Grigsby by co-naming A Street NW to the Neosho River, “Dr. Steve Grigsby Drive.”

Grigsby attended NEO A&M College where he was on the National Champion Junior College Judging Team. While working on his Doctorate at Michigan State University, he developed the assay that is used to determine insulin in humans. 

After becoming a D.O., Dr, Grigsby opened his practice in Welch and then Miami, where for 42 years he dedicated himself to doctoring and caring for his patients, all who became his friends. During his illustrious career, Grigsby served as ER Director and Chief of Staff at Integris Miami Hospital, served on the Integris state Board of Directors as well as the Osteopathic Association. Dr. Grigsby also served on the School Board and as an elder in his church, in this, the community that he loved.

Renaming a city street is a more complicated process. The Council must approve an ordinance and complete the required process from the post office before the street will officially be changed.

Mayor Parker said Goodrich was great for the community before it left in the 1980s, but now it is time to rename Goodrich Blvd to honor Admiral Trussler, who is a three star admiral, and he said it’s  something rare and should be honored.

Vice Admiral Jeff Trussler

Admiral Jeff Trussler, a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, grew up in Miami and attended Miami Public Schools where he was a dedicated student, athlete (he played football, basketball and ran track), and a good friend to many. He graduated with the Wardog class of ‘81 and voted as “Most Likely to Succeed,” and, succeed he did! He attended NEO A&M College, graduating with a degree in pre-engineering. From there he went on to Oklahoma State University where he was recruited by the U. S. Navy and graduated with a degree in engineering.

Trussler then graduated from the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island in 1985; and was subsequently qualified as a Navy submariner. He served on the submarines USS Honolulu, USS Tennessee, and USS Columbus in a variety of positions; and was the commanding officer of the ballistic missile submarine USS Maryland. Trussler was assigned to various Navy and joint commands ashore, including the Submarine Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Pacific Fleet nuclear propulsion examining board, the Navy Personnel Command, and the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and he was the first commander of the Undersea Warfighting Development Center, the first commander of Task Force 69 for the U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy, and served as the Director of Future Plans on the Navy Staff in the Pentagon.

During his illustrious Navy career, he also graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in managerial economics and was a Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in foreign politics, international relations, and the national interest, and was awarded the prestigious Navy Submarine League’s Rear Adm. Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command.

Today, Vice Adm. Trussler serves as the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and as the 68th director of Naval Intelligence.

While stationed in Hawaii, he picked up a stranger at the airport and ended up marrying her as the love of his life, Kirsten. Whether he is performing community service with his Sailors or making history-changing decisions, Adm. Trussler always enjoys what he is doing in service to this nation, most of all, Adm. Trussler dearly loves Miami, Oklahoma and remembers his deep roots in and love for the family and community that allowed him to flourish. 

By proclamation, Mayor Bless Parker and the Miami City Council recognized the extraordinary and distinguished service of this hometown hero and officially change the name of Goodrich Boulevard to Admiral Trussler Boulevard.

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