Joseph Ostendorf, 84Joseph William “Joe” Ostendorf, 84, Villard, died Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud, surrounded by loving family.
Joseph William “Joe” Ostendorf, 84, Villard, died Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Veterans Medical Center in St. Cloud, surrounded by loving family. He left this earth to join his wife, son and granddaughter.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Villard with Fr. Michael Wolfbauer officiating. Burial will take place at the church cemetery with full military honors.
Serving as casket bearers and honorary pall bearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Friday, March 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. at Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis. The visitation will continue on Saturday, March 1 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Joe was born December 28, 1928 in Racine, Wisconsin to Joseph and Clara (Hens) Ostendorf. He went into the Marine Corps in 1952 and served in Korea as a gunner on a 60MM mortar. After the war, he was assigned to the DMZ Divisional MP Unit between North and South Korea. He was given the Korean War Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal with One Star, and the United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on May 15, 1960.
After the service, he started farming and farmed most of his life. He married Theresia Heinze on September 23, 1954 at Saint Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Elrosa.
Joe’s hobbies were deer hunting, ice fishing, and playing cards with his friends at the Sauk Centre Senior Center. He liked to watch baseball, football and Western movies. He enjoyed listening to old time and country music. The Blue Skirt Waltz was Theresia’s and his favorite song to dance to. He also enjoyed all family get-togethers, spending time with family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joe was a member of the American Legion and was awarded a Life Membership in June 1970 for meritorious work in the Legion. He was Past Post County, District Commander and Department Vice Commander. He was a Life Member of Sauk Centre VFW, Brainerd Unit Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, Glenwood Council of Knights of Columbus, where he was Post Grand Knight. He was also a Life Member of Queen of Peace Assembly Knights of Columbus and Past Faithful Navigator, and a member of the Sauk Centre Eagles. While in the Legion, Joe and Theresia did a lot of traveling, attending 39 National Conventions to different states, including Hawaii. They enjoyed every trip.
Survivors include his children, Richard (Jeanette) Ostendorf of Pemberton, Sharon Athey of Clinton, Shirley Dalle of Sauk Centre (special friend, Thomas Sieben), Susan (Donald) Brammeier of Ceylon, Sally (Tom) Kirckof of Westport, Raymond (Penny) Ostendorf of Evansville, Sandra (Paul) Arceneau of Melrose; daughter-in-law, Julie (Delbert) Hoffman-Ostendorf of Big Lake; 26 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; brothers, Ronald (Joann) of Two Harbors, Fred (Rhoda) of Sauk Centre, Larry (Shirley) of Maple Grove; sister, Marion (Fred) Sauer of Pierz; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Warren of Hopkins, Jerome (Clara) Heinze of Elrosa, Edmund (Kathy) Heinze of Sauk Centre; sisters-in-law, Pauline (Clarence) Rothstein of Richmond, Marion Lund of Casper, Wyoming; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Theresia Elizabeth Ostendorf, on October 24, 2002; son, Roger Ostendorf on July 8, 1993; granddaughter, Chantell Arceneau on September 14, 1994; parents, Joseph and Clara Ostendorf; sisters, Joan Raab, Donna Mae Martin and Diane Warren; and brothers-in-law, Leo Raab, Larry Martin and Laverne Lund.
Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.
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