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Norman Carter Ostling

June 6, 1933 — September 13, 2020

Norman Carter Ostling, beloved husband of Eileen McSherry, father of Bjorn and Erik Ostling, grandfather of Ethan and Astrid Ostling, and father-in-law of Nicole Suchey, died on September 13, 2020, at Saint Michael’s Hospital in Bremerton Washington.

Norm graduated with a B.S. in General Science from Oregon State University, followed by service in the Army in Washington, D.C. as a member of President Eisenhower’s honor guard. Following military service, Norm worked thirty-four years in federal sector public service. He was most proud of the time he spent as manager of the Social Security office in Juneau, Alaska.

During the early days of establishing needs based programs for the aged and disabled, he worked tirelessly to reach potential beneficiaries in very remote areas, especially those who had no access to resources beyond their home or village. While living in Juneau, Norm also led an effort to build the first rope tow and begin a community ski area, expanding access to snowy slopes for everyone, especially children.

After moving to Washington, Norm continued to ski, and taught several years at Snoqualmie Pass for Florin Ski School. Children and parents alike loved his patient approach and keen sense of humor. Following his lifelong love of nature, Norm loved to sail, hike, fish, kayak, bike, and camp; anything outdoors and active was right up his alley, especially if he could do it with family or friends.

After retirement from public service, Norm continued to help others using his extensive woodworking and fix-it skills. To his credit and the delight of friends who knew his talent, he even helped them build boats and log cabins. There wasn’t anything that he could look at and not see how it could be made better.

Norm was a man of honor and a loyal friend, independent but always respectful, a critical thinker but always kind. He was a huge supporter of women’s rights and advocated equality for all people, both throughout his career and with his family and friends. We will miss him, especially his joyful smile, loving nature, and warm bear hugs.


Arrangements are entrusted to the Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA.

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