Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 16th, 1958

Departed on June 15th, 2020 and resided in Denver, Colorado

    Dave W. Ostrom Jr born in Honolulu, Hawaii on 8/16/1958 passed away peacefully from terminal illness (severe interstitial lung disease) on 6/15/2020. He is survived by his wife of 34 years , Andrea, children: Charice (Charles), Jonathan and Timothy: mother, Harolyn Ostrom and siblings, Peg (Rob) Von Hess, Sandy Hertz . Also survived by 5 grandchildren: Elizabeth (Kaleb), Gabrielle, Alexandria and Nathaniel. Could not forget grand dog- Sherlock. In marriage survived by Richard Zalewski, Deb and Steve Garrod and family, Doug and Nicholas Zalewski. Remembered through  Ashley, Zac and Anna Ziegler; Eric, Eva, Nora and Samuel Von Hess; Uncle- Nat Ostrom, cousins- Kjersten, Marc,(Jordan and Jacoby) Condojani; Dan and Mindy, (Jon and Luke) Ostrom and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends and co-workers. Preceded in death by father Dave Ostrom Sr., mother-in-law: Harriet Zalewski, brother-in-law :Tom Hertz, Aunts: Cherre Ostrom, and Beverly Lawless, grandparents and other family members and friends. Apologies if someone not formally named-not intentional. Due to pandemic-no formal services are scheduled.

    Dave was born in Hawaii but moved to Colorado as an infant and considered a native of Colorado where he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He further educated himself through trades school and correspondence courses.

    Dave dedicated his 40+ year career to the University of Denver in facilities planning and maintenance, painting and sign making. He was soft spoken and never a harsh word for anyone. He was a great husband, father, son, brother and friend to the people he knew. He was a humbled family man. He enjoyed being cub master when his sons were in elementary school and built the pinewood derby track himself since the den did not have much money. He helped coach soccer. He enjoyed fishing as a past time and BBQ. He got hooked on cruising and loved going to different ports and places. He traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Connecticut, Boston, New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona, Florida, Bahamas and the Caribbean to mention a few. He held his children with a loving heart.

    He resided in Littleton, CO until his illness mediated his move to Windsor Garden community in Denver, where he resided the last 2 ½ years of his life and blessed with the residents in building 32. This allowed better mobility and access with his medical needs. He expressed his appreciation to the people in his life and the medical personnel that helped him along this journey.

    He braved the toughest times with his interstitial lung disease stealing the breath from him, but never taking his spirit.  His spirit will be with us always as he has touched so many hearts.

    Guestbook Entries


    Forever will be missed, He was an amazing father!

    June 19th, 2020 at 8:09pm
    Kjersten Ostrom-Condojani

    He will be missed. We loved him so much.

    June 19th, 2020 at 9:36pm
    Nicholas and Douglas Zalewski

    Dave was a loving Uncle and Brother-In-Law. He will definitely be missed and forever loved. Our traditional games of Trivial Pursuit, Hearts and Tripoli just will not be the same without Dave – but although his battle is over, we know he marches on in a better place, free from his terminal illness, catching fish from a peaceful meandering mountain stream.

    June 20th, 2020 at 12:18pm
    Regina and Dennis Kessler

    Dave was an incredibly brave, strong, patient, kind, loving, and selfless man who will truly be missed by all who knew him. We know you are in heaven as one of God’s angels. Be at peace.

    June 20th, 2020 at 1:06pm
    Anna Wegleitner

    Such beautiful family photos!  Thanks for sharing them.  Dave seemed such a gentle soul and you are lucky to have shared life together.  

    June 20th, 2020 at 1:49pm

    Father Day memories. Well remembered-always in our hearts.

    June 21st, 2020 at 10:11pm
    Ashley Ziegler

    I will remember Uncle Dave as my quiet, humble uncle who loved fishing and family. This is a very nicely written obituary. He will be missed. My love goes out to all others who loved him and are missing him.

    June 23rd, 2020 at 10:11am
    Karen Ann Zalewski

    Andrea and Family we are saddened by your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sent with love and hugs..Uncle Jack and Aunt Karen

    July 4th, 2020 at 1:49pm

    Always in my thoughts and especially on the day of your birth. So blessed for the wonderful memories we made. Hold you in my heart. Happy Birthday-Love, Andrea

    August 16th, 2020 at 8:25am

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