October 18, 1934 – July 21, 2020
Rev. Earl Ostrom was born to Thelma and Russell Ostrom in Seattle, Washington on October 18, 1934. He studied at Southwestern Assemblies of God Bible College and sang in the Harvester’s Choir and traveled in the Harvester’s male chorus. He was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and served in pastoral ministry for 63 years in the Phoenix area as well as in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Many Arizonans will remember Pastor Ostrom as the Assemblies of God District Youth and Education Director. He served in this capacity from 1968-1975. He passed peacefully in his home on July 21, 2020 surrounded by his immediate family.
He loved his wife of 63 years and had three children who respected and adored him. Known by all as a man of God, Brother Ostrom made an impact on thousands of church congregants and students throughout his years of ministry.
Earl loved good conversation and no one was a stranger to him. He had a deep resonant voice that commanded attention and will be fondly remembered by many for his singing voice as well.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and Russell Ostrom; his son, Michael Ostrom; brothers, Victor and Harold Ostrom; sisters, Vesta and Winona Ostrom. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosa Mae; his children Valerie Heath and Jon Marc Ostrom; his grandchildren, Joshua (Roxi) and Tiffany Heath, Steven and Ryan (Bethany) Ostrom, Alicia (Adam) Wells, Ethan, Judah, Levi and Corban Ostrom; his sister, Vivian (David) Ross; his daughter-in-laws, Christi Ostrom and Rosemary Ostrom, his great grandchildren, Remi, Wylie and River; extended family; dear friends and fellow ministers.
His immediate family will lay his remains to rest on Thursday, Aug 6, 2020 at Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6540 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 7PM at Bell Road Church in Phoenix, AZ. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only the family will be in attendance, however, the church is providing a live stream of the service which can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/4GjjUjezT_Y
Family and friends are also invited to share a memory, photo, or video of Earl at https://earlostrom.lifeweb360.com/
Online Live-Stream Celebration of Life
Bell Road Church
July 30, 2020
Pastor Ostrom was my pastor for 18 years. Hard to believe it was 37 years ago when my family first walked into Northwest Assembly. Thankful to have been friends with him & Rose ever since. I can almost hear him singing "How Great Thou Art" as he entered Heaven's gates. While he will be greatly missed here on earth, what a joy it will be to be reunited in heaven someday. Rose, you & the rest of the family continue to be in my prayers. Love you!
July 30, 2020
I met Pastor Earl at a time when my life was very broken. I didn’t feel worthy of God’s love, and in some cases people’s love, but Earl and Rose always made me feel valued. I shared with family that I was so scared of Pastor Ostrom when I was a teenager. As I grew to know and spend more time with them over the years he never ceased to amaze me and show how much he cared and loved us. He is someone that really helped my faith to grow. He shared his values, stories, wisdom, prayers, guidance, and most of all love with us and we are better people for it. I’m so thankful for the time that we’ve had as a family with him. Getting to know him on a personal level and see him in action with my nephews and how much he loved his family, especially Rose, was an honor. Family get togethers will never be the same Earl and we miss and love you dearly.
The picture I have attached is the last picture I got at a gathering but I just thought it was beautiful. I love the way Earl loved Rose ❤️