Rodney Keith Ostrem, age 89 of Viroqua passed away on Monday morning, October 26th at the Vernon Manor Nursing Home in Viroqua. He was born in La Crosse on June 15, 1931 to John Theodore Ostrem and Annie (Tollackson) Ostrem. He graduated from Westby High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. While in Korea he served with the 23rd Infantry Division where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon, and National Defense Service Medal. After his military service he farmed, on the home farm. In 1967 he began working at Nelson Muffler in Viroqua where he worked 27 years retiring in 1994. He was very proud of his military service.
Rodney is survived by two sisters; Verna Olson of Viroqua, Yvonne (Ronald) Mickelson of Kenosha, and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Maynard Ostrem, one sister in infancy and also a sister, Norma (Ivar) Eide. He was also preceded in death by sister-in-law, Phyllis Ostrem and two brothers-in law, Ivar Eide and Verdell “Pinky” Olson.
Blessed be his memory.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Fair Haven Assisted Living and the Vernon Manor for their excellent care of Rodney. A special thanks to Pastor Don Greven for his many visits and concern.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday, Oct 31st at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Don Greven officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 10 a.m on Saturday. Masks are required. Burial will be in the Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery at rural Viroqua. Military Honors will be provided by the Running-Johnson-Ray VFW Post No. 3032, the Jacobson-Olson American Legion Post No. 138 and the U. S. Army Honors Team.
The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is proudly serving the family.
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