R. Ostrom webRagner Elwood Ostrom, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora.  He was 94 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Quamba Baptist Church.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Ragner Elwood Ostrom of Mora, MN passed away on November 8, 2015 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora.  He was 94 years old.

Elwood was born on March 5, 1921 at the family home in Whited Township, Kanabec County, MN to parents Oscar and Karin Ostrom.  The youngest of nine children, Elwood grew up working on the family farm, completing 8th grade in 1935.  He married Jean Johnson in June of 1942, and enlisted later that year in the U.S. Army, serving during WWII.  Son Alan was born in 1944.  In 1946, the family returned to Quamba, MN, owning and operating the grocery store until 1959.  In 1950, daughter Linda was born.  Beginning in 1959, Elwood ran his own construction business, contracting for both residential and commercial projects. Many homes and businesses throughout East Central Minnesota feature his handiwork.  Pursuing an interest in cabinetmaking and supplying interior furnishings, Elwood and Alan opened Ostrom’s Interiors, a retail store in Mora, in 1972. Frequent travels to Sweden inspired Elwood to begin importing Swedish plastic rugs as well, wholesaling to gift shops nationwide.

In March 1974, Jean lost her battle with breast cancer. Later that year, Elwood married Dorothy Halvorson.  Dorothy also lost a battle with breast cancer in Feb. 1979.  In November of 1983, Elwood married Donna Lynch and enjoyed 32 wonderful years of marriage until his passing.
Elwood was blessed to be able to provide for his family by doing what he loved. When not on the job, he put his skills to work serving church and community, volunteering time and labor for construction projects at churches, Trout Lake Camp, and on the mission field in Ethiopia, living out a lifelong devotion to Jesus Christ.  His greatest delight, though, was family.  Through many trips to Sweden and frequently hosting relatives, he maintained family connections across the Atlantic and built relationships that would otherwise have disappeared. Elwood was most joyous at any family function, whether woodcarving with cousins or surrounded by a swarm of great-grandchildren.

Elwood was preceded in death by wife Jean; wife Dorothy; daughter Linda; son Alan; parents Oscar & Karin; brothers, Bill, Harold, Fritz, Verner, Hilding, and Oscar; sisters, Anna Forsblad and Mildred Soderstrom; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is survived by wife Donna, stepchildren, Mark (LuAnn) Lynch, Pam Lynch, and Dawn Halonie (Kevin Gagnon) and five of their children; daughter-in-law Sharon Ostrom; son-in-law Dan (Sherri) Johnson; six grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren, and a large extended family.  He will be missed.


  1. Sincere sympathy – Elwood was a wonderful, Christian businessman in his day – Did a lot of wonderful improvements in our community.

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