A long-time veteran and entrepreneur of the pipeline industry has died. Mark Osadchuk passed away April 12, peacefully at home, at 83 years old.
Before inventing a ground-breaking machine and founding a number of companies, Osadchuk was born in Smokey Lake, Alberta, on Nov. 18, 1934. He attended school in Smokey Lake and Waskatenau, Alberta. He left home as a teenager during the drilling boom of the early 1950s to work in the oil fields of Western Canada. After learning to operate heavy oil field equipment he started working for several pipeline contractors, including Michael Curren, R. H. Fulton, Banister Pipeline Ltd. and Williams Brothers Pipeline Co. Ltd.
In 1954, Osadchuk married his wife Vera Hut of Chip Lake, Alberta. He, along with others formed, Central Pipeline and Cable Co. in 1965. He remained with the company as president until 1967, when the company was liquidated and he organized Natural Pipeline Co. Inc. This new company was based out of Lakeville, Minnesota, and was engaged in the installation of all types of underground utilities.
In 1980, he formed Southeast Pipeline Contractors Inc., and it grew to be one of the largest mainline pipeline contractors in the United States.
Osadchuk introduced his major invention, the Ozzie Pipeline Padder, in 1989 and formed Ozzie’s Pipeline Padder Inc., Ozzie’s Pipeline Padder of Germany Inc. and Ozzie’s Pipeline Padder of Australia Inc. This ground-breaking invention is used worldwide in the pipeline industry and is covered by 19 patents throughout the world. In 1995, Ozzie’s Directional Drilling came into existence. Then, in the fall of 2000, he sold all of the Ozzie companies and continued on as CEO until his retirement in 2001.
Osadchuk was a member of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), International Pipe Line and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) and the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA), of which he served on the Labor Committee for many years and was elected as an Honorary Member in 2008. His son, Dwayne, currently serves as PLCA treasurer.
Osadchuk enjoyed playing golf and played in many Pro-Am Tournaments. He and his wife, Vera, loved to travel worldwide or in their motor coach throughout the United States and Canada. He is survived by his wife, Vera; their two children and their spouses, Velma (Osadchuk) and Bob Hope of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Dwayne and Tina Osadchuk, also of Scottsdale; and their two grandchildren and spouses, Amanda (Osadchuk) and Craig Ciliberti of Scottsdale, and Nicholas and Alisha Osadchuk of Oak Creek, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial gifts be designated to Kidney Dialysis Unit at Mayo Clinic. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. With a note of “In Memory of Mark Osadchuk.” A private funeral service will be held for the family only.
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