Obert 'Obie' Ostrem

Former Long Beach, Wash., resident, 94Obert "Obie" Ostrem, 94, of Canyonville, died July 15, 2004 in Roseburg.

Mr. Ostrem was born in Belt, Mont., May 14, 1910, the eldest of three children born to Norwegian immigrants.

In 1937 he married Laural "Peggy" Thompson. She died in March of 1971.

In August of 1987, he married Jean Griffith. She survives, living in Canyonville.

Mr. Ostrem lived in Canada as a child, and received his education there. Following school, he delivered ice, painted bridges, logged and honed his mechanical skills. After moving to Vancouver, Wash., he worked as a mechanic in a Chrysler garage. During World War II, he worked in area shipyards. In October of 1945, Mr. Ostrem moved to Long Beach, where he was owner and operator of Obie's 76 Station until 1966. He was active in the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department. In 1966, he began working for DeLong Corporation as a master diesel mechanic. His employment took him overseas to Vietnam, Singapore and Bahrain. Retiring in 1972, he returned to Long Beach, where he lived until moving to Canyonville in 1994.

Mr. Ostrem was a charter and lifetime member of Long Beach Elks Lodge 1937. He enjoyed river and ocean fishing for salmon with his brother, Elmer Ostrem, and family. He was also an auto racing fan, attending the Indianapolis 500 and drag races in Portland and Woodburn. He spent several winters in Yuma, Ariz., where he loved to "walk the desert," family members said. He also enjoyed attending a music jamboree in Idaho with his son, Sam Ostrem, who played the banjo.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ostrem is survived by three daughters, Page Nolan of Long Beach, Sandra Branch of Astoria and Linda Akers of Vancouver; a son, Sam Ostrem, of Brush Prairie, Wash.; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and other members of his extended family. In addition to his first wife, his brother and sister also died earlier - Elmer Ostrem in 2003 and Alma Osborn earlier this year.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. A reception follows at the chapel.

Private burial will be at Lone Fir Cemetery in Long Beach.

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