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John H Ostrom

March 6, 1938 — July 17, 2023

John H. Ostrom, 85, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2023, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 6, 1938, in Gothenburg, Nebraska to Harry H. Ostrom and Hazel S. Pettijohn. He grew up and attended school in Gothenburg, graduating from Gothenburg High School with the class of 1955. On January 22, 1956, John was united in marriage to Annette Mann at the First Baptist Church in Gothenburg. Three children were blessed to this union: Anne, Lars, and Leif. 

Before moving to Lexington, John served his country in the Nebraska National Guard. John and Annette moved to Lexington in 1961 where John worked for seven years as a deputy for the Dawson County Sheriff’s Department. In 1968, they opened Bargain John’s Antique Store. John loved traveling and was constantly searching for quality antiques and a great deal. He was a member of the Lexington Antique Association and the Nebraska Antique Association.

Survivors include his children, Anne (John Rains) Eilers of Scottsdale, Arizona, Lars (Joni) Ostrom, and Leif Ostrom, both of Lexington, Nebraska; grandchildren, Carson (Amber) Eilers, Chase (Danielle) Eilers, Tim Rains, Zach Rains, Tora (Kyle) Curry, Andrew (Kathleen) Ostrom, Brittany (Tyler) Hueftle, Rachel (Colton) May, Hannah (Evan) Jenkins, Brianna (Samuel) Ouedraogo and Jacquelin (Caleb) Holbrook; great-grandchildren, Alice, Olivia, Olive, and Eve Eilers, Jaxon and Ava Curry, Theodore and Luca Ostrom, Kaden, Carter and Emma Hueftle, Gentry May, and Hadley Jenkins; his special friend, Sandy Widholm of Gothenburg; brother, Grant (Anita) Ostrom of Springfield, Tennessee; sister, Cherry (LaVern) Kuhlman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Ostrom and his son-in-law, Brian Eilers.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington with Pastor Keith Strasburger, officiating.

Burial will be held prior to the Memorial Service at 9:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2023, with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. The casket will not be present at the church after the visitation.

Memorials are kindly suggested to the Maranatha Bible Camp in Maxwell, Nebraska or Donor’s Choice.

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with the arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home

106 W 8th St, Lexington, NE 68850

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Graveside Service

Friday, July 21, 2023

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Memorial Service

Friday, July 21, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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