Joseph W. Ostendorf

VILLARD – Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph W. “Joe” Ostendorf, 84, of Villard, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Villard, with Fr. Michael Wolfbauer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with full military honors.

Joseph died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud, leaving this earth to join his wife, son and granddaughter.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Friday, which includes a Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m., at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Joseph William Ostendorf was born Dec. 28, 1928, in Racine, Wis., son of 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 Sept. 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 and 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 Wyo.; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Theresia Elizabeth Ostendorf, on Oct. 24, 2002; son, Roger Ostendorf on July 8, 1993; granddaughter, Chantell Arceneau on Sep. 14, 1994; parents, Joseph and Clara Ostendorf; sisters, Joan Raab, Donna Mae Martin and Diane Warren; brothers-in-law, Leo Raab, Larry Martin and Laverne Lund.

Serving as casket bearers and honorary pall bearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis.