Paul Ostendorf, 69, a member of the Klemme High School Class of 1969, died Jan. 2, 2021 of injuries from a house fire in Estherville. A celebration of life was held Sept. 19 at Andrews Funeral Home in Klemme. Burial was in the Meservey Cemetery.
Paul, the son of Arnett and Jean (Barkema) Ostendorf, was born on his parents’ farm in the woods northeast of Goodell. He grew up on farms near Palsville, Goodell and Klemme.
Paul was baptized at the EUB Church in Meservey. At Klemme High School he was a skilled basketball player. He continued his education at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City where he received his associate degree in nursing.
Paul worked for many years in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, then held positions at long term care facilities in Altoona and finally Estherville (2002). Paul married Antoinette “Toni” Mae Hoppe Brandow on Oct. 26, 2004. They enjoyed vacationing, dancing and great company.
Following his retirement from healthcare, Paul went to work for Shopper’s Supply (Bomgaars) where he enjoyed working with the public in a different role. He was especially proficient in paint sales. Paul was employed with Bomgaars at the time of his passing. He also farmed for a number years, operating a large feeder pig operation. He was very knowledgeable about livestock and was recognized as a Master Pork Producer.
Paul loved the Clay County Fair, the Iowa State Fair, and travels to Branson with his wife and kids where they enjoyed shows and other events along with visits to his time share in Branson. He shared a mutual love of raising large flower and vegetable gardens with Toni and even built an underground watering system. The couple’s gardens received various recognitions and awards over the years. He enjoyed Allis-Chambers tractors and meticulously maintaining his vehicles. He appreciated time with his family at get-togethers for any occasion. In his younger days he looked forward to pheasant hunting and shooting clay pigeons. Paul loved his various Shih tzus, including Lucky, Riley and Penny. He enjoyed collecting farm toys and rooting for his favorites athlete, Larry Bird, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Toni; infant brother Todd; paternal grandparents Harry and Orpha Ostendorf; and maternal grandparents Hauko and Grace Barkema.
Paul is survived by his children Abby Anderson and her children Delaney, Avery and Colin of Ames; Adam (Amy) Ostendorf and their children Cora and Violet of Gihanna, OH; and Andrew Ostendorf and Alex Ostendorf of Mason City; sister Claudia (Duane) Boeding of LeGrand; brother Lynn (Diane) Ostendorf of Clear Lake; step-children Jarrod Bandow of Sheldon, Brian Bandow of Kansas City, and Bridget Bandow of Kansas City; and step-grandchildren Brendon, Jerica, Jaycelyn, Nicholas and Attie.