Alfred K. "Al" OSTNESS Jr.
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OSTNESS, Alfred K., Jr. Al was born in Spokane Washington in 1934. He graduated from Rogers High School and then Washington State University. He worked as a civil engineer for several years in San Francisco and Norway then got his teach- ing degree from Whitworth University. He taught math for two years at Deer Park High School and 28 years at Mead High School where he also coached tennis. Al was an avid sportsman. He played tennis in college and then coached and played recreationally for most of his life. He loved to ski, spent a winter skiing the Austrian Alps and became a fully certified instructor, spending most of his time at Mt. Spokane. He was a devoted cyclist, rode on two RAGBRAIs, a Cycle Oregon and put thousands of miles on his bike each year. He was an early adopter of running and competed in many local runs and ran to and from work. Sailing was a favorite hobby which he enjoyed on both Lake Pend Oreille and the Puget Sound. Al passed his love of sports to his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Peggy Ostness of 57 years, children, Liv (Alvin) Boschma and Kris (Jennifer) Ostness, six grandchildren and sister Karin Drinkard. He will be remembered for his kind and humble spirit.

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Jun. 24 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person, always so helpful when needed. So great with my daughter when she would be at your house with Chris when the kids were young.
Old neighbor, Linda Shinn
Linda Shinn
July 5, 2020
Peggy, I just learned of Al's passing! I was so sorry to hear the news! I am holding you and your family in my heart, my quilting friend. Wanda
Wanda Morrison
July 4, 2020
Mr Ostness had the great gift of making students feel respected. He cultivated a love of learning and a love of math in the most unlikely candidates in his 7th grade algebra class. I thank him still, some 50 years later, as his class marked a turning point for me and I'm sure for many others. What a fine, gentle soul.
Stuart Wilson
July 3, 2020
Dear Peggy, Liv, and Kris,
I knew Al as a fellow teacher at Mead and was always in wonder bordering on envy that he was so kind, soft-spoken, and patient, yet so physically active, vibrant, and alive.
You are on my mind and in my heart during this time. My hope is that fond memories will sustain you as you adjust to life without him.
Paddy Inman
Paddy Inman
June 30, 2020
June 29, 2020
June 29, 2020

Dear Peggy and family,

I am sadden by seeing Al's name in the obituary notices. I remember, Peggy , that we both met our future husbands when learning to ski on Mt. Spokane. I felt and know that you and Al were a perfect match. We all were young and dreamed of possibilities. Sorry we never took that sail around the world. I was impressed with the house Al built ..and his life too. Lo has been gone for 16 years, but who is counting. Peggy your life will continue with family and love.

Barbara Thaler

Friend--- always
Barbara Thaler
June 25, 2020
Peggy, Liv and Kris,

I was so sorry to learn of Al's passing from my mom. Mr. Ostness was the best math teacher I ever had. He was so patient with me - I clearly was not wired for math! Always so kind. And, he loved it when I would bring him chocolate chip cookies!

Best of all, because of him, I had the chance to meet all of you.

Please know that I'm holding each of you in my heart, and sending hugs to you.

Kari Anderson
Mead Class of 1989
Kari Anderson
June 24, 2020
Great man and friend. Always a kind word when he was around. Alf and his family are special people.
Casey McGinn
June 24, 2020
Fare the well Mr. Ostness. Probably not one of his better students, but I enjoyed his classes and his demeanor. He cared about his students. Condolences, sympathies and best wishes for happy memories to his family.
jerry johnson
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