Dr. Kenneth D. Ostlind, formerly of Bozeman, died peacefully after a short illness at his home in Lewistown on Friday, April 15, 2011. He was buried April 17 in a graveside ceremony at the family cemetery in Lewistown.
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Ken was born on May 29, 1925, in McPherson, Kan., to Helen (Swenson) and Joel M. Ostlind. He grew up on the family farm in Kansas. He served in World War II in the Army, 14 ARMO Division 68 Infantry Battalion. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge and later received the European Victory Medal with two stars and a Bronze Star.
After the war, Ken moved to Casper, Wyo., where he met and married Loiserline Stockhouse on March 7, 1948. They were inseparable for 63 years.
Ken and Lois moved to St. Louis in 1949 where he attended St. Louis University School of Dentistry. They returned to Casper in 1953 where he practiced dentistry until 1976. Ken was a member of the Wyoming State Dental Association.
In 1976 Ken and Lois moved to Bozeman to live near grandchildren. He practiced dentistry in Bozeman for three years before retiring. Ken was active in the Bozeman Senior Center. He and Lois moved to Lewistown in 2008.
Ken was a lifelong student and naturalist. He enjoyed gardening, shooting, bird watching, reading and walking in the woods. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his quiet dignity and love of family.
Ken is survived by his wife, Lois; three children: Susan (Ostlind) and Richard Scott Lohmuller of Lewistown, and their children, Hannah Lohmuller of Livingston, Luke and Anne (Barker) Lohmuller of Denali Park, Alaska, Mariah and Brandon O'Halloran of Lewistown and their sons, Lucas, Quin and Kale; Joel and Wendy (Wright) Ostlind of Big Horn, Wyo., and their children, Emilene Ostlind of Paonia, Colo., and Jake Ostlind of Jackson, Wyo.; Martha (Ostlind) and Michael Campbell of Greeley, Colo., and their sons, Erland and James; brother-in-law, Bob (Shirley) Stockhouse of Greeley, Colo.; and special cousin, Keith (Phyrne) Ostlind of Spokane, Wash.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Bob Ostlind.
Memorials may be made to Central Montana Medical Center Hospice Building Fund, 408 Wendell Ave., Lewistown, MT 59457.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 22, 2011