Richard “Dick” Ostrom


Richard (Dick) Ostrom, 82, of Mazeppa Township, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Dick is survived by his wife Janice of 32 years, his daughter Traci (Mark) Milkanin of Red Wing, MN; his sons Todd (Becky) Ostrom of Reno, NV; Terry (Natalie) Ostrom of Eagan, MN; Tyler (Pam) Ostrom of Commerce City, CO; and his grandchildren James, Andy, Jake, Jodi, Zach, and Tori; and three great-grandchildren Riley, Nora, and Mason.

Dick was born February 15, 1939, in Rochester to Donald and Elsie (Anderson) Ostrom. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1957 where he was State of Minnesota Wrestling champion in the 145-weight class. He also excelled in tennis and was a member of the 1955 and 1956 State High School champion team from Rochester.

In 1958, he married Barbara Smith (Knudtson) and later divorced.  In March 1989, he married Janice Blue in Maui, Hawaii.

Dick went to work for IBM and retired in 1991 after 34 years of service.  He was a member of Presbyterian Church of Oronoco.  He enjoyed ATV riding, time at Nelson Lake in Hayward, WI, time outside with his kitties Buddy and Lily and playing pulltabs.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Robert and Jim and his beloved kitty Patches.

A service will be held on June 19th, at Presbyterian Church of Oronoco (20 3rd Street SW, Oronoco) at 11:00am with Reverend Lisa Johnson officiating.  Following the service there will be a Celebration of Life at Mac’s Park Place (57444 406th Ave, Mazeppa).

Dick was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Presbyterian Church of Oronoco or Camp Companion (

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Dick may be shared at

8 thoughts on “Richard “Dick” Ostrom

  1. We will miss our wonderful, warm, funny and kind friend. Dick was a great dad and of course adored his beautiful Janice. Sending all our love and sympathy.

  2. We had the pleasure of meeting Dick a couple of times. We see his spirit in his son and our friend, Terry Ostrom. With much sympathy, Mary Schneider & Matthew Jones

  3. So sorry for your loss Terry and Natalie and the rest of the Ostrom families. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! God’s Blessings!

  4. Janice, Terry, Natalie and Ostrom Family,
    Sending our deepest condolences. Dick was always so much fun to be around. Great guy!

    Mike and Nora

  5. Janice,
    So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed all your posts of all the fun times the two of you had together. Cherish those memories. So sad we did not get to meet Dick. Praying for God’s blessings for you and the family.
    Cathy and Pat

  6. Janice, Terry, Natalie and Family… I’m so sorry for your loss. I will always remember the good times we shared in Gold Canyon and, of course Tombstone! Hoping all your good memories will get you through this tough time! Hugs to all!

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