ALAN OSTROM

al-ostrom.jpgAlan J. Ostrom, of Brook Park, MN, died on Monday, June 16, 2008 in Cook, Minnesota. He was 63 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 21 at Quamba Baptist Church in Quamba, MN. VISITATION 5-8 PM Friday, June 20 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home. INTERMENT at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Alan James Ostrom of Brook Park, MN, was born September 10,
1944, in Braham, MN, to Elwood and Jean (Johnson) Ostrom. Five years later his sister Linda joined the family. They grew up in Quamba where Alan was the most popular kid in town because he shared candy from his
dad’s country store. Alan graduated from Mora High School where he
was active in football and also enjoyed hunting. After high school he
attended Bethel College for one year, and then worked at Lucht Studio in
Mora where he discovered a love for photography. Having the desire to
connect this with another of his passions flying, Alan obtained his
pilot license, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and attended the Naval
Photography School in Pensacola, FL. On August 26, 1967, Alan
returned home and was married to Sharon Olson. He continued on active
duty living in the Twin Cities until their first son, Jeffrey, was born in
1971. After this, they moved back to the Quamba area where they had
their second son, Joel, in 1972 and their daughter, Kara, in 1975.

Throughout his life, Alan was full of ideas. Many of these ideas
became business ventures including a photography studio, an interior
store, towing and aviation companies, and becoming a leading Swedish
rug distributor in the United States. The rugs allowed him to make many
trips to his beloved Sweden to make new designs for what he was selling.

Alan committed his life to Jesus Christ as a young child and
never wavered from the importance of a life lived for God. From a
young age Alan was very active in the ministries and leadership of the
Quamba Baptist Church continuing up to the present.

Alan thoroughly enjoyed his family as well. Everything from
the almost daily visits with his father (usually for a meal) to the big smile
he would have spending time with his grandchildren. These were always
on his plate of things to do and brag about. And, Alan also loved people.
There are many people who had the privilege of having a conversation
with him. He loved talking almost as much as he loved people.

Alan began a struggle with cancer in 2004. His positive attitude
was inspiring to everyone. He rarely complained about his pain, often
deflecting to how God has been good to him in his life. Alan continued
with his zest for life even into his final weeks.

On June 16, 2008, while on a much anticipated family vacation,
Alan James Ostrom passed away at Cook Hospital in Cook, MN. He
was 63 years old.

Alan was preceded in death by his mother, Jean, and
his sister, Linda. He is survived by his father, Elwood, his stepmother,
Donna, his wife Sharon; his children, Jeff, Joel (Michelle), and Kara (Justin) Lefto, and seven grandchildren. Alan will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 21st at Quamba Baptist Church in Quamba. Rev. Ivan Fiske officiated. Music was provided by Cindy Teichroew, Merlin Soderstrom and Janelle Jakubowski. Song leader was Phil Halvorson. Pallbearers were Arlen Soderstrom, Donald Ostrom, Gary Ostrom, Wesley Ostrom, Swan Johnson and Basil Pottratz. Mora American Legion Post 201 provided military honors. Taps were played by Sam Fiske. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

2 guestbook entries for ALAN OSTROM

  1. Lois Anderson June 19, 2008 at 9:38 am #

    Dear Sharon and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know it has been a long journey for Alan and for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    In sympathy,
    Lois Anderson

  2. Bruce and Sarah Fenlason June 19, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in your faith at this time of sorrow.
    In Sympathy,
    The Fenlason’s (Ernie Hoag’s daughter)

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