Vernon Ostrom, 78Vernon Peter Ostrom 78, rural Evansville, died Monday, February 18, 2013 at his home.
Vernon Peter Ostrom 78, rural Evansville, died Monday, February 18, 2013 at his home.
Vernon was born September 29, 1934 in Evansville, the son of Carl and Alice (Peterson) Ostrom. He grew up and attended school in Evansville, graduating from Evansville High School.
Vern went on to attend college at Gustavus Adolphus, and received his bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation and the death of his father in 1954, Vern returned to Evansville to take over the family hardware business, Ostrom Hardware, a business started by his grandfather, Aaron Ostrom in 1905 and then taken over by his father Carl during the 1930s.
For most of his life, Vern ran the hardware store, eventually selling snowmobiles and motorcycles as well. Vern sold the family business in the mid-1990s. Vernon continued to live in Evansville throughout his life.
He was instrumental in starting the clay shooting range outside of Dalton, and later went on to open Shooting Sports Outlet in Parkers Prairie. Vern eventually moved on to Glenwood, where he had Minnewaska Sports World, and most recently, owned Sports World in Parkers Prairie.
Vern’s passions in life were his hunting dogs, the Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust, waterfowl and hunting. He was known for his efforts in waterfowl conservation, especially pertaining to ducks and geese.
Vernon is survived by his brother, Jerry of New Brighton; nieces, Suzanne (Michael) Berndt of Eden Prairie, and Jennifer (Hong-Ming) Liang of Duluth; and great-niece and nephews, Reid, Paige and Craig.
In addition to his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by a sister in infancy.
A memorial service was held Saturday, February 23 at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville with the Rev. Carol Olson officiating.
Interment was at Mount Grove Cemetery in Evansville.
Memorials are preferred to the Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust.
Arrangements are with Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville; www.GlendeNilson.com.
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