Harold George Osterud (1944 - 2017)

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Lifelong Alaskan Harold George Osterud, 73, passed away in the company of his daughters on Nov. 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Harold was born in Fort Yukon, Alaska, on May 12, 1944, to Harold Olaf Osterud and Marion Hazel Osterud (Berglund). The son of a trapper, he and his sister Marion lived in the wilderness of Alaska with their parents until moving to Anchorage, Alaska, as an adolescent.
When Harold was 18, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he spent time in Death Valley, Calif., and along the border of North and South Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1965. Several years after returning home, he married his soul mate, Jeannie Louise McKeown, and together they enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and world travel prior to having their daughter Angie, in 1978, and daughter Marion, in 1981.
Harold's vocational expertise was in the sheet metal industry, and he successfully owned and operated Anchorage Sheet Metal until retiring in 2007. An artist, entrepreneur and inventor, Harold enjoyed drawing and design, including creating metal sculpture proudly displayed around Anchorage, performing work on the trans- Alaska pipeline and in many bush communities, and spent much of his free time designing and engineering commercial and survival products. Upon retirement, Harold enjoyed traveling around Alaska as well as the Lower 48 to visit friends and family, and wandered the wild Australian outback for several months.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; sister; and wife. He is survived by his daughters, Angie Renshaw and Marion Clark; their husbands, Jeremy and George; his three-year-old grandson, Soren; brother-in-law, Mike; nieces, Laurie and Dawn; nephews, Shane and Kenny; and great-nephew, Zachary. His beloved golden retriever, Odie, will live out his remaining years poolside with his daughter in Arizona.
A celebration of life gathering will be planned at a future date.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2017
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