John Ostervold

Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Former Cook Inlet fisher John Ostervold died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, in Lake Havasu, Ariz., of natural causes. He was 72.

A Rosary service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Cathlamet, Wash. Father Scott Connolly of St. Catherine's and St. Rose Catholic Catholic Church in Longview, Wash., will officiate.

Mr. Ostervold was born June 28, 1928, in Portland, Ore., to Charles L. and Henrietta (Walker) Ostervold. He lived in Cathlamet since his childhood and spent winters in Lake Havasu for over 20 years. He joined the Navy in 1948 and served four years. He was a boilermaker during the Korean War. He married Leona Maye Olson on July 13, 1953. He was a member of the American Legion, Sons of Norway and Columbia River Protective Fishermens Union.

He was a commercial fisher on the Columbia River since the early 1960s, and later in Cook Inlet. He worked as a truck driver for McNally and Florek Logging for several years and spent some time at the Bradwood Sawmill in Bradwood, Ore.

"He enjoyed golf, bowling, playing cards spending time on the water and especially enjoyed time spent with family and friends," his family said. "He held a special place in his heart for his dachshund companion 'Nitro.'"

Mr. Ostervold was preceded in death by his wife, Leona.

He is survived by son, Robert Wegdahl, of Cathlamet; twin daughter and son Marnee Davis of Cathlamet and Martin Ostervold of Puget Island, Wash.; brother, Lloyd Ostervold, of Puget Island; sister, Patricia Miller, of Martinez, Calif.; seven grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wahkiakum Cemetery District 1, P.O. Box 186, Cathlamet, WA 98612.

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