Hugo John Osterhaus


Posted: Sunday, February 29, 2004

Longtime Soldotna resident Hugo John Osterhaus died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, just outside of his home in Soldotna from exposure. He was 65.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 1, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. Father Thomas Andrew will officiate. Burial will follow in the Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Kenai. A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle's Lodge, 5765 Kenai Spur in Kenai.

Mr. Osterhaus was born in Dillingham on Dec. 23, 1938. He lived in Anchorage, Eagle River, Seattle, Kenai and most recently, in Soldotna until his death. He was an entrepreneur and started the Eagle River Refuge in Eagle River. He also started the Certified Asbestos Abaters in Seattle. Mr. Osterhaus entered into the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged Sept. 30, 1965.

Mr. Osterhaus was a fisher and fished in the Bristol Bay area for many years with "Capt." Kenny Brandon.

"'Buffa,' as Hugo was nicknamed, loved to tease his family; he loved to tease his nephews and nieces calling the girls 'boys' and the boys, 'girls' and talking low making them say, 'What?' and then say 'Kook' to them," his family said.

"Buffa's passions were his family, having a deep and concerning love for all of them, flying, cooking, baking and dancing. His favorite hobby was flying airplanes and building models of them."

Mr. Osterhaus was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Eya Osterhaus; sisters, Cathrine Savo and June Osterhaus; and brother, Adolph J. Osterhaus.

He is survived by his son, Kevin K. Osterhaus and his wife, Cynthia, and their children, Braylee, Kevin C. and Heather Osterhaus; son, Kurt K. Osterhaus and his daughter, Krystal Brigette Robinson; sisters, Elizabeth G. Cook, Mary E. Lusk, Gladys J. Poole, Roberta C. Pearcy, Lila A. Green and Alma M. Hansen; 64 nieces and nephews; and eight great-great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the family C/O Elizabeth Cook, P.O. Box 3260, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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