John Robert Ostrander, age 91, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Summit Villa.
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John was born on March 4, 1928 in Diagonal, Ia., the son of Juddy and Thelma Ostrander. He was married on June 11, 1950 in Des Moines, Ia., to Barbara Ann Shepherd.
John was a 1945 graduate of Diagonal Public High School. He continued his education at Drake University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 1949. He was member of the Drake concert and marching bands and the Drake Des Moines Symphony. John shared his love for music by teaching music in public schools in Newton, Ia., from 1949 until 1952.
In 1952 John was drafted into the United States Army, taking basic training with the 101 Airborne Division. He was accepted to the Signal Corps OCS program at Fort Monmouth and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in January 1953.
After serving his country, John went back to school on the GI bill, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1959. He was then employed by the Missouri Highway Department for 33 years. There he worked on the traffic signals and lighting, Communications, he was also a Registered Professional Engineer Land Surveyor. He retired in February of 1994.
John and Barbara moved to Jefferson City in 1960 and became members of the First Presbyterian Church. He also joined the Jefferson City Community Orchestra. John enjoyed the outdoors, and he never missed an opportunity to go hunting or target shooting. He also loved to travel, especially to Italy. John spent much of his life as a Mason; he worked his way up to a 32nd Degree Mason.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 70 years, Barbara Ostrander; his two daughters: Bobbi Calix (Roland) of Covington, La., and Tammy Barrett (Tony) of Duluth, Mn.; grandchildren, Simon Barrett and Kenley Peltzer (Adam); and great-grandchildren, Aaron and Quinn Peltzer.
Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 with a Masonic Service at 12:45 pm.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Barry Williams officiating. Graveside services will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.