Michael C. Osterlin

February 13, 1941 ‒ February 24, 2020

Waldo, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Surrounded by family, Michael Osterlin, age 79, of Waldo, OH, went home to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 24, 2020.

On February 13, 1941, Michael was born in Adrian, Michigan, one of four children of the late Leo and Janette (Herman) Osterlin.  At the age of 18, Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Air Defense Artillery.

Upon his honorable discharge, Michael worked with an organization distributing Bibles in Eastern Europe. He then began to work for General Motors and during a vacation, went to the Bahamas where he met his future wife, Joanne Kehren. Michael and Joanne eventually settled in Marion, OH where they raised their family and where Michael worked for Union Tank Car Company until his retirement in 2003.

Michael was an avid reader and life-long learner and had a sharp sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family, taking walks, target shooting, Civil War history, keeping his bird feeders full, and playing chess. He was a loving, patient, fun, and dedicated father and grandfather (“Opa”) who instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of the Lord, learning, nature, and being outside.  The margins of his Bible were filled with the names of dozens of people for whom he prayed daily. He never missed an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ. He believed that “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

He will be dearly missed by his son, Aaron (Shannon) Osterlin; daughter, Alida Osterlin; daughter, Sarah (Rick) Collins; daughter, Rebekah Adams; friend Darrell Adams; six grandchildren: Jakob, Josie, Joanna, Hank, Cooper and Isla, who brought him much joy; a brother, Larry Osterlin; and many extended family members.

Including his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-nine years, Joanne; and by his two sisters: Sandra and Deborah.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion, OH 43302.  Services honoring his life will follow there at 4 pm.  A private burial will follow at a later date in Minnesota, where he will be buried next to his wife.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ravi Zacharias Ministries (https://www.rzim.org/give) or Focus on the Family (www.focusonthefamily.com).

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Michael’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I am so very sorry for the loss of your Father May you take strength and comfort in this time of sorrow, secure in the knowledge that he is with the Lord in Heaven.
    Respectfully yours,
    T.S. Slemp

  • There’s very little to be said when one loses someone special, but the comfort of Almighty God and the assurance of knowing Mr. Michael Osterlin is in Glory will help the Family to prevail over the grief that overcomes them. Know that God has the Osterlin Family in the forefront of his thoughts and plans. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    God Bless,

    John Cooper

  • Alida, Aaron , Sarah and Rebekah,

    Your folks have meant so much to me. Your Dad’s sense of humor has blessed me more than once and his love for the Lord is wonderful. Michael’s passing has caused me to reflect back on the years. Visits to your home when you all were young , as was Maria. The fun and laughter was great. And times, before any of you were born, in the Bahamas. I knew at that time, before any announcements were made, that Joanne had found her soul mate.
    Your Dad and Mom are enjoying a wonderful reunion in God’s forever kingdom. Praise His name!!
    Know of my love and prayers for you. Lean heavily on the everlasting arms of King Jesus as you live through the next days, weeks, months and even years.
    Deb (Mott) McCreedy

  • So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, but also very thankful to have known Mike during our early missionary years. We worked together on the mission team in Turkey and later in Austria. Many good memories fill my mind. My life was blessed and enriched by knowing him. God used him to deeply touch lives. Yes, he could laugh and enjoyed life…reading deeply…but, he could also listen with wisdom. I have this memory of our being at a Bible study and Mike sitting & reading while person after person lined up to sit and talk with him. He listened, replied and then prayed with them. Each person walked away filled with hope. He often spoke of the promise God had given him of “restoring” in his life. I believe he experienced the fulfilling of that promise. When visiting your family in Marion and getting to know your Mother, I could not imagine any person who could have been a better life partner for Mike. May God be very real to each of you during this time of sorrow. We pray for you.

  • Alida, you are in my thoughts and prayers. It shows your Father loved his Lord and served Him all his life. I will always treasure in my heart the special day I met your Mother. Virginia let me know your news.

  • To all the Osterlin “kids” & families,
    I was saddened to learn of your Dad’s passing, yet also am rejoicing because we know he is in the presence of the Lord.
    I remember both your parents fondly & pray for God’s strength & peace for all of you at this time.
    With sympathy,
    Karen Smith

  • Sarah, So sorry to hear of your dad”s passing. While I never had the pleasure of meeting your parents, I’m sure we would have loved him. Keep him in your heart and be sure your family are in our prayers. Trust in the Lord.

    God Bless,
    Rick and Penny

  • I heard through Dennis banker that mike was gone. My time with mike started when he came to detroit bible college in 64 or thereabouts. I loved mike right away, we were both new Christians so we didn’t fit in with the preacher kids or church kids at all. We wanted to get others saved so we liked to evangelize on the street , anywhere outside of the campus. Mike was always in the delis in the Jewish neighborhood! We got him to pray about OM , had all night prayer meetings ,took him to Mexico I think and eventually he went overseas. He worked in turkey . There was nobody in the world like mike. He always had a book in his hand. He met the love of his life on the beach in the Bahamas I think and he told me his life was complete. We visited in Fenton mich after that. I wanted the world to know Mike , I was glad when George verwer got to know him , cause I knew he would appreciate mikes humor and kookiness! I loved hanging with mike , it was always so much fun.we would beg him to stop the act because our sides hurt so bad from laughing , I mean beg him , Mike please stop. I saw a comment where someone said they never met mike, well let me help you , blend Johnathan winters and Robin Williams and you got close to mike. Mix in a book worm, savant, follower of Jesus and your close. We lost touch in the last thirty years , but never , not one day did I lose the affection I had for that guy from the first day we met. Love to the family always. Phil Weber .