Harry Junior Ostrom, 95, Hays, died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at his home.
He was born July 1, 1923, in Hays to Harry and Dorothy M. (Joy) Ostrom.
He married Carol Morris on April 15, 1950, in El Monte, Calif. He worked in the construction business for Pierce Schippers Construction, retiring in 2005. He was U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving two tours in the Pacific Area as a searchlight crewman and power supply mechanic during World War II.
He was a member of St. Michael Episcopal Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Marine Corps League.
He enjoyed gardening, planting trees, woodworking. Family and family reunions were very important to him. He was proud of his U.S. Marine Corps service, was very kind and gentle hearted, and he never held a grudge or knew a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; four sons, Harold Ostrom and wife, Kathy, Gary Ostrom and wife, Debbie, Jeff Ostrom and wife Andromada, all of Hays, and Jon Ostrom, of the home in Hays; a daughter, Dorothy Renninger and husband, David, Titusville, Pa.; two brothers, Steve Ostrom and wife, Laura , Hays and George Ostrom and wife, Pat , Natoma; two sisters, Marilyn McMillin, Richmond, Ky.,, and Edith Ward and husband, Steve, Ellis; 11 grandchildren, Timothy and Kristina Renninger, Warren, Pa., David and Paula Renninger, Grove City, Pa., Tasha Ostrom and Renee and James Meis, all of Hays, Gina Olivo, Colorado, Jerred and Brandi Ostrom, La Crosse, Chris and Tressa Matal, Meriden, Brian and Cookie Matal, Topeka, Shannon and JC Ramos, Fort Drum, N.Y,. Gavin Braun and Kyle Ostrom, both of Hays; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren, a family friend, Ron Bradshaw, Topeka; a cousin, Velma Baker, Hays; his two four-legged family members, Charlie and Trouble; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Elizabeth Prator; two brothers, Orton Ostrom and Kenny Ostrom; two infant brothers, John and Robert Ostrom; a grandson, Joey Matal; and two great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Luckas Matal.
Services were Tuesday at St. Michael Episcopal Church; burial in Mount Allen Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps funeral detail, the E.A. Schumacher Marine Corps League No. 740, the Hays VFW Post No. 9076, and the American Legion Riders Post No. 173.
Memorials are suggested to St. Michael Episcopal Church, St. Andrew Episcopal Church, or Hospice of HaysMed.
Condolences can be left at www.haysmemorial.com