John Osterdyk, of Mora, died on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1020 at his home after a battle of pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 12:00 Noon on Friday, Nov. 5th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.
VISITATION will be from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday at the funeral home.
John William Osterdyk was born May 12, 1941 in Isanti County, Minnesota to parents Garret and Anna (Weidenaar) Osterdyk. He was the first of seven siblings. His family farmed in the River Diner area for a short time and then moved to a farm in the Coin area in 1945. John attended country elementary school in Coin and then attended Mora High School until the 11th grade when he had to quit school to run the family farm, as he was the oldest child. One day while checking out the new neighbors cattle he saw a blonde girl come out of the house. This turned out to be the love of his life, Bonnie Werner. They were married on July 7th, 1962. They resided in the Fridley area for a short time and then bought a house north of Mora on Highway 65. They had two children, Susan in 1964 and Mike in 1965. In 1972 they moved to a beautiful farm in the Woodland area and lived there the rest of their lives.
During his life John worked for Broz Manufacturing, Boatel and Arrow Tank as a welder, ran a boom truck for Arcon Construction and then farmed; milking cows and crops as well as cutting wood. John and Bonnie and their children had a wonderful life living out in the country, enjoying deer, birds and wildlife as well as many family pets.
John loved his wife and family very much and enjoyed being home on the farm. Sadly in 1999 John’s wife Bonnie passed away due to leukemia. In 2000 John met a special friend, Helen Soligny, who remained with him for the last 10 years of his life.
John enjoyed living a simple life out in the country. He enjoyed farming and was also extremely gifted at fixing all his tractors and equipment all on his own. He enjoyed snowmobiling and four wheeling; especially with his brothers Garry and Randy. John also enjoyed tractor and truck pulling with his son Mike and grandson Bobby. Many fun camping trips were spent fishing in Canada with his brothers-in-law, grandsons Jeremy and Bobby, son Mike, brother Garry and nephews Kenny and Russell.
During his almost 40 years living on the family farm, John enjoyed many coffee breaks at his neighbor and friend’s home, Charlie Scott. Most nights you could find John relaxing on his deck enjoying his surroundings, listening to the radio. Deer hunting season was also a fun time at the farm.
John was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father Garret; his wife Bonnie, his brother Bill Osterdyk, and nephew Robert Osterdyk
He is survived by his mother Anna Osterdyk; special friend Helen Soligny; daughter Susan Osterdyk (Dave Berg); son Mike (Kris); grandchildren Jeremy Kastenbauer, Nikki, Becci and Bobby Osterdyk; brothers Garry Jr. (Sue), Randy all of Mora; sisters Elsie (Richard) Gossen of Mora, Dorothy (Steve) Stevens of Arkansas, Gertie (Lloyd) Peterson of Long Prairie; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service was held on Friday, November 5th at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home. Rev. Bob DeYoung officiated. Pallbearers were Russell Osterdyk, Kenny Osterdyk, Rocky Soligny, Jeremy Kastenbauer, Bobby Osterdyk and Michael Osterdyk. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.