MADISON - Raymond G. Ostling, age 76 of Madison died on Saturday April 7th at UW Hospital.
Ray was born September 21, 1941 in Chicago to Gus and Ellen Ostling. He graduated from Luck High School and received his B.S. degree from UW-Madison. While attending college he married Pauline Bauer on October 16,1965. To this union two children were born, Rachel and Jonathan.
After the couple graduated they moved back to Luck where Ray worked with his father at Ostling Archery where they raised their family. In 1985 they moved back to Madison where Ray worked at Lands' End and was self- employed doing tax preparation.
Ray and his wife Polly enjoyed many camping trips to Door County and Ray treasured the time spent with son, Jon on Canadian fishing trips along with fly-fishing trips to Wyalusing State Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Ray looked forward to visits with his daughter, Rachel and her family. He loved telling her stories and family history and keeping up with his grandchildren's activities and accomplishments via Facebook. He was very proud of them all.
In earlier days he spent many happy days sailing on Big Butternut Lake in Luck and later on Lake Mendota in Madison.
Ray loved watching Badger football and basketball, the Packers and the Brewers. One of his favorite things was listening to classic early rock and roll music from the 1950's.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pauline (Polly), children, Rachel (Kent) Petersen, Jonathan (Sally) Ostling, grandchildren Mickey (Cheryl), Ashlyn (Alec), Whitney and Brooklyn, sister Ann Elfstrom, sisters-in-law Patricia Thompson and Priscilla Bauer and five nieces and one nephew and his beloved cat Ellie.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gus and Ellen Ostling, mother-in-law Velva Bauer, brothers-in-law Tom Thompson and Jim Elfstrom and special feline friends.
According to his wishes no services will be held. Cress Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Special thanks to the doctors and staff at Carbone Cancer Center and UW- Madison Hospital for their kindness and care during Ray's illness.
Memorials can be made to the UW- Madison Carbone Cancer Center.
Happy trails to you until we meet again! (The song Ray wanted played after he died). And in accordance with his love of the home team, "Go Badgers!"
Ray's Graduation Photo
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