Ostrom, Henry

Orangeburg, NY - Tappan Location

Henry Ostrom, 99, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021, with his daughter Patty by his side, in her home where she and her husband Mike cared for him for the past 15 months.

Henry was born in Orangeburg, NY on September 26, 1921 to Margaret (Krebs) and William C. Ostrom. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his siblings William (Hazel), Philip (Marjorie), Margaret (Robert) Handley, and Anna (Paul) Hess.
As a young teen, Henry worked for his Grandfather’s florist business located across the street from his home on Route 340, Orangeburg. There, he cut flowers for shipment into NYC, operated farm equipment and cared for plants in the greenhouse. Henry was a proud and decorated WWII Veteran serving as Sergeant in the 20th Bomb Command of the U.S. Army Air Corps from July 1942 – January 1946. He was credited with three overseas tours to China, India and Burma totaling 18 months. Henry was awarded the American Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medals for the Air Force and the Army, the World War II Victory Medal and later on in 1996 the NY State Conspicuous Service Cross.

Upon his discharge, Henry worked for 25+ years as a machinist for the Flintkote Pipe Company, Orangeburg until it closed in the early 1970’s, another 10 years at Glenshaw Glass, Blauvelt until it closed in 1983 followed by an additional 7+ years working in the maintenance department for the Dominican Sisters Convent in Sparkill until he finally chose retirement in his mid-70’s.
Henry met the love of his life, Helen, of Nyack, NY in 1941while ice skating on a nearby pond. They were married on September 11, 1943 by a Justice of the Peace in Arkansas, and were remarried in December 1989 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Tappan which fulfilled a lifelong dream of Helen’s. Henry and Helen celebrated 67 years of marriage and raised 5 children during their lifetime together. They made their first home in Camp Shanks, Orangeburg and then built their dream home in (where else…Orangeburg). Henry continued on in that very same house for another 9 years alone after his beloved Helen died. It was only a little over one year ago when Henry finally moved into his daughter’s home located only steps away from his own. Henry, himself, finished the upstairs of his house, a living room addition, and even at the age of 90, rebuilt his deck on his own.
Henry will be remembered for his strength, kindness, wisdom, knowledge of just about any Orangeburg history, a tool collection that would give Lowe’s some serious competition, love of a good baseball game (preferably the NY Mets but it depended on their season stats) and fixing absolutely anything in need of a repair. He was a true humble hero and anyone who met him instantly admired him.

He took great pride in his heritage, his collection of over 60 arrow heads that he accumulated throughout his many years of vegetable gardening, a good ripe red home grown tomato and his many family pictures of years gone by with unbelievable amounts of snow.

Henry would never turn away any piece of chocolate, some ice cream, a handful of peanuts, a bowl of good soup or a big piece of coffee cake. He enjoyed many vacations fishing and camping in the Adirondacks, meandering his tractor over his yard and a nice, hot roaring fire in his fireplace.

Henry lived a wonderful long and healthy life. He will always be remembered, honored and sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Henry was predeceased by his wife Helen in 2011 and his son Raymond in 2020. He is survived by his daughter Patricia (Michael) Woulfe, sons Dennis, Stephen (Laura), and Walter (Erna), daughter in-law Tana, grandchildren Michael, Jenna and Julia Woulfe, Jerry, Danny (Sandra), Michael (Rachel), John (Cortney), Christopher and Kevin Ostrom and great-grandchildren Justin, Jamie, Dylan, Nicholas and Alexis Ostrom, his 97 year old brother Walter (Sandra) Ostrom as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Due to covid concerns, a private viewing will be held at Moritz Funeral Home, Tappan, NY on Saturday, February 6th at 2pm for immediate family members only (children & their spouses and grandchildren). A public graveside service with Military Honors and interment will be held at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY on Monday, February 8th at 10:00am. Snow will be cleared. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please grab your boots, warm outerwear and feel free to bring along any stories of Henry to share with us at that time.

The family requests any memorial donations be made to United Hospice of Rockland (