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In Memory of

Leon Daniel Ostrander

February 14, 1926 - August 3, 2017

Obituary


Leon D. Ostrander, Jr., a longtime resident of Ann Arbor, died on August 3, 2017 in Chelsea, Michigan. Leon was born on February 14, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Mabel and Leon Ostrander. He was raised in a close-knit family, residing in Detroit throughout his childhood.

He met Nella Louise Rozeboom on what he said was the luckiest day of his life, August 3, 1946. They married in 1950, settled in Ann Arbor and had 54 years together before her death. Louise and Leon had three children, Leon III (Simone),...

Leon D. Ostrander, Jr., a longtime resident of Ann Arbor, died on August 3, 2017 in Chelsea, Michigan. Leon was born on February 14, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Mabel and Leon Ostrander. He was raised in a close-knit family, residing in Detroit throughout his childhood.

He met Nella Louise Rozeboom on what he said was the luckiest day of his life, August 3, 1946. They married in 1950, settled in Ann Arbor and had 54 years together before her death. Louise and Leon had three children, Leon III (Simone), Jane and John (Shannon), and three grandchildren, James, Phoebe and Grant.

Leon entered the University of Michigan on the day he graduated from high school. After just one semester, he was drafted into the army and served in the 28th division in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. At the end of the war, he returned to the University of Michigan to continue his education earning a B.S. and an M.D. Subsequently, he completed his medical internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he then had a distinguished career as a professor of internal medicine. Leon retired in 1988 and was bestowed the title of professor emeritus. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching students - especially cardiology fellows - caring for patients and relentlessly pursuing cardiovascular research.

Leon was a man of faith, compassion, and integrity. He loved his family, his church and his many friends, and showed that love through unwavering care and devotion. Leon had a keen sense of humor and a passion for life. He was humble in his achievements and always lifted those around him with his support, kindness and sense of justice.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor where he had served as an Elder.

Contributions in Leon's memory may be made to a charity of your choice, to the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor or to the United Methodist Retirement Community Foundation, 805 W. Middle Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118. A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m., August 25, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor (Monteith Hall - First Floor), 1432 Washtenaw Avenue.
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