Adolph J. Osterhaus


Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2003

Kenai resident Adolph J. Osterhaus, also known as "Uncle Joe" or Joe, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 62.

Memorial services will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at New Life Assembly of God in Kenai.

Mr. Osterhaus was born in Dillingham on Nov. 22, 1940. He graduated from Dillingham High School on May 15, 1962. He moved to Chicago in 1963 and lived there for 30 years. He was a commercial artist for the Chicago Tribune. He returned to Kenai in 1994.

"Adolph loved his family. He enjoyed spending time with them and talking about things we used to do when we were kids. He loved to draw, and he could draw anything. He loved to go hunting with his big brother Buffa, when they were kids," his family said.

"He was a great-great-uncle eight times. Joanne Cook, his niece, took care of him and loved him very much. Our brother, who we will never forget or stop loving will be missed by all."

Mr. Osterhaus was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Eya Osterhaus, and his sisters, Catherine Savo and June Osterhaus.

He is survived by his brother, Hugo Osterhaus of Kenai; sisters, Liz Cook, Mary Lusk, Gladys Poole, Roberta Pearcy and Lila Green, all of Kenai, and Alma Hansen of Anchorage; Charlene Parazoo, who was like a sister to him; and 80 nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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