Bertil H. “Bert” Ostlind, 93, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 3, 3012, at the McPherson Care Center. He was a retired farmer and stockman. He also was an aerial pipeline inspector. He was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, flying more than 125 combat missions.
Bert was born on Aug. 13, 1919, at his home in McPherson County, the son of Frank and Augusta (Alhstrom) Ostlind. He attended McPherson High School.
On July 10, 1945, he was united in marriage to Patricia J. “Pat” Baugh in Wichita. She preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 2006.
He was a member of the New Gottland Covenant Church, B.P.O. E. #502 of McPherson, and Charter member of the McPherson Flying Club.
Survivors include: son, Kelly Ostlind; sister, Asta Chase of Lindsborg; three grandchildren, Christopher Fitzgerald, Melissa Fitzgerald, and Albert Ostlind; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Pat, daughter, Katherine Lu “Kay” Ostlind, and sister, Svea Olson.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the New Gottland Covenant Church with Rev. Richard Skar officiating. There will be no visitation. The casket will be open prior to the service on Friday. Burial with military honors will be at McPherson Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to the New Gottland Covenant Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.