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PER BYE OHRSTROM

Per Bye Ohrstrom of Arlington Heights Per Bye Ohrstrom, 86, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Per was born in Oslo, Norway. He graduated high school in 1943, attended Hvidtfeldska Laroverket, Goteborg, Sweden 1944, Det Norske Gymnas, Uppsala, Sweden 1944/1945, took his Examen Artium in Oslo - 1946, graduated from Oslo Handelsgymnas - 1949. A commissioned officer in the Norwegian Army (Jegerkorpset I.R.2 ), graduated from Befalsskolen for Infanteriet-Sandnes, Norway. School of Infantry - BAOR (British Army on the Rhine) Sennelager, Germany. Skyte or Vinterskolen of Infanteriet, Elverum, Norway. Military service included duty with Norwegian Forces in Germany. Per married the late Liv Sorlie in 1952. They have four children, the late Stein (Ellen) Ohrstrom, Marianne (Larry) Sanders, Tom (Nicki) Ohrstrom and Lars (Lisa) Ohrstrom; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Per came to Chicago in 1954, and joined The First National Bank of Chicago. After a brief period with the bank, he joined the Norwegian Export-Import Company in 1957 as a sales manager later became general manager. In 1962, Per started with Sea-Born Mineral Division of SkodCo, Greenwich, CT and Chicago, IL as a sales manager. Later, he became president and general manager. He left Sea-Born Corporation in 1973, and started his own importing companies, P.B. Ohrstrom & Son's, Inc. and Maxicrop U.S.A., Inc. In his early days, Per's great hobby was singing, being a member of the famous Norwegian Boys Choir (Olavsguttene) for several years. Other hobbies include skiing, soccer, handball, ice hockey, track and rowing. He was a member of the Christiana Roklub team, Norwegian Champion in both four and eight oared shells, member of the winning team of Military Class in Holmenkollstafetten in 1948. Per was a member of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Midwest Chapter 1980 to 1982, chairman of the Executive Committee 1982 to 1984. He received the Export Council of Norway Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of the trade relations with Norway in 1984. He had served with the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights, president 1984 to 1985, a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Nordmanns Forbundet (Norseman League) president, Norwegian American Museum, Decorah, Iowa (Fellow), Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Chicago - chairman of the Restoration Committee 1982 to 1984. Per was appointed Consul of Norway for the State of Illinois by the H.M. King of Norway on May 22, 1987 and Consul General on Oct. 26, 1990. On Sept. 14, 1995, H.M. King Harald appointed Per Bye Knight of the First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Chicago, IL, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL and Norwood Life Care Foundation, Norwood Park, IL. Funeral information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or 847-253-0168.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Nov. 18, 2012
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