Russell John Ostrander
September 6, 1947 – June 23, 2020
Russell John Ostrander was born on September 6, 1947 in Morristown NJ. He is survived by Debbie, his wife of 39 years and faithful dog Annie. He leaves three brothers, George of Weirsdale, FL, Robert (Sharon) of Cypress, TX and David of Bristol, VT and his favorite sister Betty Jean of Weirsdale, FL. He was raised in the house his father built in Chatham Township NJ. Russ started learning his trade at a very young age taking over the family garage and using the crabapple trees as engine hoists. He eventually became a master mechanic owning his own business, Certified Automotive which was located on St Pete Beach, FL, for 35 years with his wife Debbie.
Russ was an avid sailor and loved the water, having owned many different boats. Two of his favorite were a 16 ft hobie cat and a 12 ft aluminum boat. Many adventurers were had with friends on the rivers of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Besides the water, Russ and Deb traveled around the United States. Hawaii was one of their favorites. The Smokie Mountains were another favorite destination where they enjoyed the Georgia Mountain Music Festival.
Russ and Debbie retired at the end of 2016. One of his many loves were his dogs. Over the years there were many, Partner, Beau, Pepper, Jefferson, Belle, Cracker, Lucy, and Annie.
Russell’s life was full and he will be remembered and missed by many.