October 24, 1938 – May 31, 2012
Dad’s journey on this earth ended on May 31, 2012 and he is rejoicing with Jesus.
Dad was born north of the Arctic Circle in the town of Kirkenes, Norway. He met the love of his life 17 years later in Oslo, Norway. Mom and Dad were married a couple of years after that and at the age of 21 he met the Lord in a very personal way when he was filled with the Holy Spirit and a passion for the work of the Lord. With family in tow he came to Canada in 1973 by way of a 10 year sojourn in Melbourne, Australia. A six week job with the Powell River News turned into 28 years in Powell River that encompassed leaving the printing trade that he was very accomplished at and taking up his real estate career. Those that knew him realized that family and the Lord’s work were his greatest passions in life. Retiring in 2002 he continued being instrumental in leadership roles in churches in Coquitlam and Oceanside. In the last few years he did take a little more time with some buddies on the golf course and tending his garden.
Dad leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Inger, four children, Martin & (Moira) Ostensen, Ron & (Karen) Ostensen, (Mark) & Monica Peckford, and Andrew & (Shelley) Ostensen. He was blessed with ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to thank everyone that have been such great friends to Mom and Dad over the years. Dad enjoyed his retirement to Qualicum Beach and quickly made friends with some truly wonderful people. So much kindness, well wishes, and fervent prayer were poured into our family after Dad was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. Dad faced this final challenge the way he faced life and that was with an unwavering trust in his Saviour and Healer, Jesus Christ.
Dad lived his life as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians “for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
A service celebrating a life well lived will be held at Oceanside Community Church, 1420 Alberni Hwy, Parksville, B.C. on June 17, 2012 at 10:00AM. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a Christian charity of your choice would honour dad greatly.
Arrangements entrusted to Comox Valley Funeral Home, (250) 334-0707