Age 82, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. He was born in the Town of St. Lawrence on November 25, 1936 to the late Joseph and Laura (Fuhs) Osterling. He grew up on a farm west of Ogdensburg. On October 5, 1986, he married Bette Lettau and they have been together for the past 33 years. Bob worked with his brother, Joe in the carpentry business in and around the Waupaca area for 18 years. They built Bob’s house in Ogdensburg, that he lived in for 53 years. He loved to look out the windows at all the wildlife that came in the yard, including birds, turkeys, squirrels, deer and even a bobcat and a bear. He continued the carpentry business on his own after his brother, Joe retired. His son, Brian started working with him in 1985 and worked with him until Bob retired in 2001. He continued working part time over the next few years. After his retirement he and his wife Bette bought a camper and camped at Walleye Lodge on Rolling Stone Lake near Crandon and spent the past 19 years going up there as much as they could. Bob’s passion was fishing even if the fish weren’t biting. He had many friends at the campground that they looked forward to visiting. Bob enjoyed bow and gun hunting with his sons and grandchildren, where they were always in pursuit of the “big” buck. He also loved snowmobiling locally with an occasional trip up north with family and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife, Bette; daughter: Lorrie (Brian) Patri, Hortonville, two sons: Kevin (Patty) Osterling, Duluth MN; Brian Osterling and his special friend Peggy, Hortonville. Eight grandchildren: Benjamin (Jenny) Patri, Neenah, Brandon Patri, Naples, FL and girlfriend, Amy, Gabrielle and Courtney Patri of Hortonville; Cooper, Cameron and Asia Osterling, Duluth, MN and Brady Osterling of Little Chute; step-children: Bonnie Lettau and special friend Roy, Clintonville; Brian (Sheri) Lettau, Manawa; three step-grandchildren: Steven Ebel and friend Erika, Schofield; Will and friend Cali and Gavin Lettau, Manawa; one brother, Joe (Delores) Osterling, King, WI; one sister-in-law: Patty Kostrzak, New London; mother of his children: Mary Ann Fahser, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five sisters: Minnie (Gerald) Knight, Dorothy (Sylvie) Kneifl, Mildred (Alvin) Eggelston, Jeanette Nelsen, June Osterling, 3 brothers: Edwin Osterling, John Osterling and Frank Osterling; brother-in-law, Joe Kostrzak.
A private family gathering will be held. Burial will be in Little Creek Cemetery in the Town of Little Wolf.