Bennie Ostrand, 80

Bennie Rex Ostrand, age 80 of Mason City, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at his home. Memorial funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the First Baptist Church in Kearney, with the Rev. David Harder and the Rev. Stan Murdoch officiating. A private burial service was at the Basin Cemetery south of Mason City. Memorials will be decided by the family at a later date. Bennie R. Ostrand was born Nov. 7, 1930, to Benjamin and Florence (Peck) Ostrand at his grandparent's home in Mason City. He passed away at his home, the family farm/ranch south of Ansley, Jan. 22. Bennie Rex attended elementary school through the eighth grade at Sunny Slope, a rural school located southwest of Mason City. He then attended high school at Ansley, where he stayed with the Simon Shada family, from which a close and lasting friendship developed. During his senior year of high school Bennie joined the Nebraska National Guard and was a member of that organization for several years. He was involved in 4-H at an early age and won several awards in that organization. He attended Mt. Zion Sunday School from the time he was a young boy and later in life taught Sunday School classes there. He also became the superintendent of that group and served in that capacity for many years as well as serving on the church board. Bennie served on the Board of Education for the Flatbottom school district for many years while his own children attended school there. Always wanting to provide opportunities for young people, he helped organize and start the annual Flatbottom track meet for numerous youth of the area. In 1955, he married Carolyn Jensen of rural Mason City. They built their home a short distance north of the Ostrand homestead where they raised six children. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; son, Neil and his wife Julie (Hogg); daughter, Kathy, all of rural Mason City; daughters, Karen and husband Daniel Saathoff of Miller, Ann and husband Marlin Slingsby of Kearney, Karla and husband Randy Bauer of rural Pleasanton, and son Carl and wife Tonya (Huber) of Central City, and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.