At the age of five, Osborne's family moved from Rockwall to Seattle and then Honolulu before moving back to North Texas. In his obituary on the Rest Haven Funeral Home website, Osborne was said to have never met a stranger.
Osborne graduated from Rockwall-Heath High School in 2008, after spending his senior year preparing to go into the Army to become a medic. Jerod began his Army career in boot camp in Ft. Leonard Wood, and then was assigned to the 82nd Airborne. He transferred to Ft. Benning, GA, for training, then in March of this year transferred to Ft. Bragg.
Osborne received several medals for his dedication above and beyond regular duty. On March 26, 2010, he was sent to Afghanistan after a visit with family and friends.
His friends have set up an online memorial on Facebook, inviting all to share memories and photos of the young soldier. See the page here.
Osborne is survived by his parents: Gary and Sharon Grillett, sister: Hayley Grillett, and grandmother: Charlotte Henson, all of the Rockwall area.
Funeral arrangements are pending.