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John M Ostenson

Camas, Washington

March 29, 2013

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
93 Army  



June 2, 1919 ~ March 29, 2013
Our family lost the best husband, father, grandfather, and friend anyone could ever have. 

John M. Ostenson, known by many as "Big John," was born on June 2, 1919, and left us on March 29, 2013 at age 93. John was the youngest of six children. He attended Camas Elementary School but had to quit after the eighth grade to support his mother after his father died. As a boy, John swam across Lacamas Lake with a nickel in his mouth so he could buy a candy bar from the Gaiani / Lacamas Lake store.
John served four years in the Army in WWII, then returned to Camas, WA and worked as dispatcher on the tramway at Crown Zellerbach for 46 years. He went 31 years without ever missing a shift.
John loved to hunt, fish, and camp with his family, and they spent many good times at their property at Bear Creek in Carson, WA. John and Noma had a few favorite fishing spots where John always seemed to catch a salmon or steelhead when no else could. 
Most of all, John will be remembered for his big heart. He never said an unkind word about anyone, and was a true and loyal friend. 
He loved his family dearly, and they loved him 
even more. We'll know he is still with us when we feel the fall air and see the elk grazing and bugling. 

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April 6, 2013

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