Herman Oostenink, 85, dies

Herman Oostenink, 85, was born in 1931 in Boyden, IA to John and Cynthia Oostenink. He passed from his earthly home on August 27, 2016 surrounded by his family.
In 1953 he married his lifelong sweetheart, Ann Marie Tilstra. They were blessed with three children. During his working years he was a heavy equipment operator with the Operating Engineers Local 49. He was an exceptional crane operator and spent many years operating tower cranes on projects in and around Minneapolis/ Saint Paul, MN.
Upon retirement, Herman and Ann Marie moved to Mountain Home, AR for the fair weather and excellent fishing. Herman became an avid fly fisherman and was involved in several fly tying organizations. He loved teaching others the art of fly fishing and could be found many days fishing the local rivers.
Herman is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Ann Marie Oostenink; two daughters, Debra Anderson (Jim) of Minnesota and Roxanne Dowling (Greg) of Indiana; one son, Steven Oostenink (Peggy) of North Dakota; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one brother, Nelson Oostenink of Colorado. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Barbara Kotta (Phil) and Betty Carpenter (Curt), many nieces, nephews and a great number of very special and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.
Herman will be laid to rest in Rock Rapids, IA. A small celebration of life will be held for the family at a later date.
Arrangements are by Conner Family Funeral Home & Cremation Center. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.connerfamilyfuneralhome.com.