OSTHEIMER, Albert Thomas Passed away August 1, 2015. He was born in New Jersey June 10, 1925 to Frieda and Joseph Ostheimer. Al served in the Navy during World War II as a radio man and gunner on dive bombers. He was on the USS Franklin, an aircraft carrier, when it was hit by two bombs off the coast of Japan. Al met his wife, Janice Jones at a dance when he was stationed in Santa Rosa. Dancing was an activity our parents enjoyed; Jitterbug and Square Dancing. Al was a hardworking and creative individual who instilled those attributes in his children. He worked as a butcher for Purity Stores and Safeway. He also helped run the Jones Christmas Tree Farm on Vine Hill Road in Sebastopol. Our parents liked to camp and fish. They took us all with them on family vacations; kids and grandkids. They traveled the world. Al and Jan had a vacation home in Deer Lake, Washington. He enjoyed gardening. We grew up with lots of animals; pets and livestock. He was a fan of the 49ers, Giants and Warriors. Al was fortunate to live to 90 years of age. He remained independent, living on his own, driving his car (he loved to drive), spending time with family and friends. His life was capped off by a surprise birthday party held July 12. All his family and many friends were in attendance. He loved it! Al was dedicated to his family. A kind man, he took loving care of his in-laws when they became elderly. We were all blessed by his ongoing love and support. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Janice, and his grandson, Aaron Ostheimer. He is survived by his daughters, Karen (David) Jones and Johanna (Rob) Klinker; his son, Terry (Sharon) Ostheimer; his eight grandchildren, Paul (Michelle) Ostheimer, Jocelyn (Seth) McKay, Nathan (Tidawan) Ostheimer, Ashton Ostheimer, Kelly (Dillon) Olivas, Sunny (Scott) St. Germain, Shiloh (Dawn) Klinker, and Summer (Andrew) Supinger; twelve great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Johanna Carlisle; and numerous nieces and nephews. We will all miss his sense of humor and his stories. Contributions in Al’s memory may be made to the Humane Society or the charity of your choice .
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17, 2015