Everett Leroy Ostlund
July 22, 1918 - January 16, 2017
A memorial service and gathering to celebrate the life of Everett L. Ostlund will take place at Wilkeson Eagles Aerie 1409 on Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m. All family and friends are invited. Everett passed away on Monday morning, January 16. He was 98 years old. Everett was born on a farm near Wadena, Minnesota on July 22, 1918. His family moved to another farm near Verndale, Minnesota when he was very young. Everett was graduated from Verndale High School in 1937. He was a member of school's champion basketball team. He also played tennis and enjoyed ice skating. After high school, he farmed and drove milk truck from farm to farm. He met his future wife, Eleanor Jasmer, while on his milk route. They were married in Bartlett Lutheran Church on October, 25, 1941. They marked 75 years of marriage last October. They had their first child, Charles, on October 22, 1943.
Everett was not able to serve in the military because of a hearing disability. However, he continued to farm until the family moved to Carbonado in 1946. He drove a 1932 Cheverlot Sports Sedan loaded with most of their belongings to Washington. Later in the year, his wife and son followed them to Washington. He got a job with the Saint Paul and Tacoma Lumber Company. He worked at Camp 2 and other areas near Mt. Rainier National Park south of Carbonado. He was badly injured on the job and spent several months in St. Joesph's Hospital in Tacoma recuperating. Later, he worked for Mt. Rainier Ordinance at Fort Lewis. He also dabbled in gun smithing, before he went to work for Boeing as a machinist. He retired from Boeing in 1983 after having been with the company for 32 years.
As a retirement gift, Everett and Eleanor enjoyed unlimited travel on Eastern Airlines and explored the United States extensively for two years, settling for a year in Verndale visiting with family and old friends. He spent considerable time walking which eventually led to mountain climbing. He climbed all the major peaks in Washington State with the exception of Mt. Rainier. However, he did make it Camp Muir on the Paradise side of the mountain.
Then Everett and Eleanor spent about a dozen years in a mobile home in Yuma, Arizona. They met many new friends, bowled and played golf as they spent five to six months in Yuma each year. Back in Carbonado, he restored a 1939 LaSalle Convertible Sedan which he took on many tours, to car shows and events. He drove the Buckley Senior Center's King and Queen in many Buckley Log Show parades. He then began restoring farm tractors and completed at least a half dozen.
Everett and Eleanor were the Grand Marshals of the Wilkeson National Handcar Races Parade when he turned 90. He and his grandson, Ford, pumped the handcar on an exhibition run during the races.
Everett was a 70 year member of the Wilkeson Eagles, a 50 year member of the Tacoma Model T Ford Club, a member of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, and a member of the IAM Machinist Union #751.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor; two sons, Charles (Gloria), and Bill; one daughter, Susan Black; three grandsons, Tony Ostlund (Rachael), Ford Ostlund (Sonya), and Ryan Black; two brothers-in-laws, Jim Miller and Richard Swift and one sister-in-law Irene Jasmer. He is also survived by four great-granddaughters and many nieces and nephews. Everett was preceded in death by His parents Charlie and Myrtle Ostlund; two brothers, Kenneth and Erwin; and three sisters, Bernice Patton, Darlene Miller and Shirley Clausen.
The January 28 memorial will be followed by a potluck luncheon. The Wilkeson Eagles is located at 435 Church Street (State Highway 165)
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carbonado
Firefighters' Association, P.O. Box 348, Carbonado, WA 98323.
The family extends their thanks to the Franciscan Hospice program, the
Carbonado Firefighters' Association Aid Ca crew (especially Helen
Horton) , caregiver Billi Kuykendall and Steve Bush, Jr. for their
help and assistance the past few months.