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Tom Ostby — Decorah, Iowa

November 20, 2018

Tom Ostby, age 58, of Decorah, Iowa, passed away at his home Thursday evening, Nov. 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Greenfield Lutheran Church, Harmony, followed by burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lime Springs, Iowa. Friends may call from noon until the time of service Tuesday at the church.

Thomas H. Ostby was born May 9, 1960, in Riceville, Iowa, to Henry and Mary (Mahan) Ostby. He graduated from Harmony High School. Following high school, he served in the Navy, stationed in Coronado, Calif. He enjoyed his time on the Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger CV-61. Following his time in the Navy, Tom worked for American Milk Producers Inc. in Rochester for 20 years. Later, as a firefighter at the Rochester Airport for 12 years. Most recently at Gemini in Decorah. He married Jennifer Wroblewski on the farm on June 25, 2016; they have been together for 15 years.

Tom enjoyed being active outdoors, especially hunting deer and turkey as well as fishing. He also enjoyed woodworking as well as cooking and baking. He loved dogs, especially Sheila, whose ashes will be buried with him.

Tom is survived by wife, Jenny Ostby of Decorah; three children, Jared (Andrea) Wroblewski of Pine Island, Emily (Tyler) Clark of West Union, Iowa, and Nathan (Alexis) Wroblewski of Zumbrota; one granddaughter, Anastasia Clark; a brother, Terry (Rhonda) Ostby of Chatfield; his father, Henry Ostby of Chatfield; and three nieces and nephews, Bryan Ostby, Christopher Ostby and Holly Kreofsky. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ostby.

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