George J. Ostermiller

George J. Ostermiller

September 16, 1926 – September 24, 2020

VISITATION observing CDC Guidelines: Wednesday, Sept. 30th beginning at 10am at Christ Community Church Chapel, 404 S. 108th Ave., followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am.  Graveside Service with military honors: Wednesday, 2pm at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, NE.  Memorials are suggested to Vital Signs Ministries, and Camp Rivercrest.

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George John Ostermiller was born on September 16, 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska to George J. and Katherine Ostermiller. His four older sisters (Ruth, Leona, Thelma and Jean) welcomed (and spoiled) him.

George grew up helping his dad, who built houses in Lincoln. He graduated from Lincoln High in 1944 and enrolled at UNL that fall. In February of 1945 he joined the U.S. Army and served in occupied Japan until discharged as a sergeant in October of 1946. After arriving home, George started a dance band with his brother-in-law, and they played at various clubs in the Lincoln area.

In January of 1947 he enrolled at UNL, and later that year met the love his life, Bernadine Michaelis. George and Bernadine were married on December 22, 1949.  After graduating from UNL in January of 1950 with a B.S. in business, he was recruited to join the FBI in Chicago as a special agent until 1960. George went on to the National Homeowners Club in Evanston, IL, recruiting trained men to do home improvements for customers.  In June of 1961 the family moved to Omaha where George joined Equitable Life Assurance Society as an agent. He was at Equitable for 42 years.

Bernadine passed in May of 2000. George was already friends with Fern and Chuck Axtell from church, and after a while he started to see Fern, who was also a widow. They married in March of 2002.  Fern passed in July of 2019.

George re-dedicated his life to Christ at the Billy Graham Crusade in Omaha in 1964. He loved the Lord and participated in Bible studies and Sunday School, and chauffeured widows to church who were unable to drive. He was a charter member of Breakfast Optimist Club and worked with Vital Signs pro-life ministry for many years. He was also a member of Ex-FBI Agents, American Legion and VFW. He was devoted Husker fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Katherine Ostermiller; his four sisters: Ruth Caywood, Leona LeRiche, Thelma Gross, and Jean O’Brien; and his wives, Bernadine and Fern. George was an incredible husband, father and grandfather and was so very loved by his family, which includes: Laura (Jack) Hart, Gig Harbor, WA; Beth (Bill) MacArthur, Columbus; Mark (Dawn) Ostermiller, Fremont; Ann (Matt) Parmenter, Fremont and Tim (Michelle) Ostermiller, Omaha; nine grandchildren: Daniel (Aubrey) MacArthur, Buzzard’s Bay, MA, Jonathan MacArthur, Boston, MA, Rachel and Ryan Parmenter, Denver, CO, Chris Parmenter, Phoenix, AZ, Rebecca, Erica, Nicholas and Jessica Ostermiller, Omaha; two great-grandchildren: Daniel and William MacArthur; and nephews and nieces.


  • Anne & David Zoeller Posted September 28, 2020 6:00 am

    George was a wonderful, godly father who lived a full life! Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  • Vladimir Pagcu Posted September 28, 2020 7:13 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. George was such a special guy. I’m glad I had the privilege to met him. Taking care of your father is one of my most memorable and fruitful experience as a CNA . I learned so much from him and I will cherish every moment of it. I’ll be praying for your family and I wish you my deepest condolences.

    • Beth Posted September 28, 2020 7:36 pm

      Thank you so much Vladimir for all you did for dad. He, and we, so appreciated your patience, help and understanding in caring for him.

  • Angie Shang Posted September 29, 2020 6:09 am

    Mrs. Ann, my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss. I wish we had had met George a year ago and talked to him, and listened to him. I bet he will be happy to see my kids there to say goodbye. He lived a beautiful life. I am so eager to listen to you and all the people who will speak tomorrow. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

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