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Lowell Orrin Ostrem

October 18, 1929 February 10, 2020
Lowell Orrin Ostrem
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Lowell Orrin Ostrem, 90, of Ottawa passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, at LaSalle Veterans’ Home in LaSalle.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2020 at Freedom Lutheran Church in Ottawa with Pastor Dana Coyle officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 13, at Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa, and at the church one hour prior to the service, on Friday. Burial will be at Freedom Lutheran Cemetery, Ottawa, where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 33 Honor Guard.
Lowell was born October 18, 1929, in Ottawa, the son of Earling and Gernie (Edwinson) Ostrem. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Helen (Wing) Ostrem, brother Vernon Ostrem, and sister Sharon McNeilley. He married Norma (Maierhofer) Gottselig on February 15, 1964, in Ottawa. She survives.
Also surviving is his son, Stanley (Sampa) Ostrem; one sister, Shirley Fox, of Batavia; two cousins, Jim Ostrem and Elaine Ostrem; and, five nieces, Carla (John) Stone, Rhonda (John) Crate, Doreen (Lance) Taylor, Holly (John) Banister, and Deanna (Rick) Skoczen.
Lowell was a veteran of the US Army of the Korean War serving from 1952-1953.
He was a machinist with Libby Owens Ford in Naplate for 40 years, retiring in July 1994. He was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment Association and American Legion. He was also a former board member of Cup of Cold Water Ministries; former member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America; and, former member of the Illinois Valley Idlers.
Lowell had a natural aptitude for all things mechanical and could build, fix, or fabricate almost anything. He was a frequent volunteer with United Way Labor of Love events in the Ottawa area. He also loved going to auctions and picking up things that interested him for many follow-on projects in his workshop.
He and his wife enjoyed spending their retirement years together often going to church events and bluegrass jams.
Memorials may be directed to Freedom Lutheran Church, Cup of Cold Water Ministries, or the Ottawa YMCA.


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Visitation

Thursday

13

Feb

5:00 PM 2/13/2020 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/13/2020 7:00:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa

800 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa
800 First Avenue Ottawa 61350 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

14

Feb

10:00 AM 2/14/2020 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/14/2020 11:00:00 AM
Freedom Lutheran Church

1527 E US Highway 52
Ottawa, IL 61350

Freedom Lutheran Church
1527 E US Highway 52 Ottawa 61350 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Friday

14

Feb

11:00 AM 2/14/2020 11:00:00 AM
Freedom Lutheran Church

1527 E US Highway 52
Ottawa, IL 61350

Freedom Lutheran Church
1527 E US Highway 52 Ottawa 61350 IL
United States

Graveside Service

Friday

14

Feb

12:15 PM 2/14/2020 12:15:00 PM
Freedom Lutheran Cemetery

1527 East US Highway 52
Ottawa, IL 61350

Freedom Lutheran Cemetery
1527 East US Highway 52 Ottawa 61350 IL
United States
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