OLEAN - Robert J. Ost, of East River Road, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (April 8, 2014) in his home.
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Born on June 9, 1941, in Detroit, he was the son of the late Robert G. and Adeline Hove Ost. On Oct. 25, 1975, in Gettysburg, Pa., he married Patricia A. French, who predeceased him Jan. 26, 2010.
Mr. Ost was a graduate of Cleveland Hill High School in Buffalo, then served with the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1961. After moving from Buffalo, he resided and worked in Jamestown. He moved to Portville, then to Olean shortly after marriage and worked for the former Curtis Industries as a mechanical parts salesman until his retirement. From September 2006 until his passing, he worked in the grocery department for Walmart in Bradford, Pa.
He was an avid bowler for many years, and he enjoyed golfing and fishing. He liked to collect boating and fishing memorabilia. In the last several years, after his wife's passing, he enjoyed the company of his dear friend Diane Peasley of Olean. Together they enjoyed traveling and caring for all of their combined house pets, including three dogs and six cats. Diane affectionately referred to him by the formal-sounding nickname of "Jeffery VonOston."
Surviving are a daughter, Dottie D. (James R. Breads) Ost of Westfield; a granddaughter, Ariel Breads; two sister, Nancy (Tom McPheeters) Ost of Albany and Hillary Ferrara of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday (May 3, 2014) at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean.
Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 10, 2014