Lynn E. Osterholm

Lynn E. Osterholm

October 16, 1937 – September 30, 2021

Longtime Area Educator.  Survived by wife, Pauline E.; son, Mark E. Osterholm (Staci); daughter, Karen L. Osterholm; two grandchildren, Lauren and Cole; brother, Lemar (Sharon).

The family will receive friends Sunday, Oct 3rd from 1pm to 2pm at Lutheran Church of the Master, 2617 S. 114th Street, followed BY FUNERAL SERVICE at 2pm.  Interment: Glenwood, Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Lutheran Church of the Master.

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Lynn Osterholm was born on October 16, 1937, in Glenwood Iowa to Stewart Hanks Osterholm and Evelyn S. (Mardesen) Osterholm.  He graduated from Glenwood High School where he was very active in sports, especially football and track.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Peru State in 1961 majoring in mathematics.  He earned a Master’s Degree from UNO and a Specialist degree from University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Lynn and Pauline (Kish) were married in Shenandoah, Iowa on June 7, 1959.  They spent most of their married life in Omaha or Elkhorn, Nebraska, where they raised their two children.  Mark and his wife, Staci, live in Shawnee, Kansas, and Karen, who recently moved back to Nebraska from New Jersey, now resides in Omaha.

Lynn enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Lauren and Cole.  He loved going to their activities even when it was cold and wet outside. 

Lynn taught mathematics in OPS and Ralston Public Schools.  He also taught a real estate math class from many years.

He loved Nebraska football and as a season ticket holder, Lynn and Pauline went to many games in Lincoln.  He also loved watching the Huskers on TV.  Often you could hear him coaching the game with his son over the phone!

After retiring, Lynn and Pauline did a lot of traveling.  On his bucket list was to visit Normandy Beach.  He really enjoyed that vacation and it was his last major vacation.

For eleven years they spent the winter in Silveridge, a resort for 55+ seniors in Mesa, Arizona.  They still see and visit with many of their ”Winter Friends”.

Lynn was a member of the 34th division of Iowa National Guard for nine years.

He was preceded in death by parents; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Sam Lee.  Survived by wife; family; brother, LeMar (Sharon) Osterholm of Glenwood, Iowa; many nieces; nephews; relatives and family




  • Don & Sue Boyce Posted October 1, 2021 7:56 am

    Dear Pauline and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Will sure miss that lovely guy with the big warm smile. Love, Don & Sue

  • Sharon Jensen Posted October 1, 2021 3:27 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to the family . I especially wish to extend my condolences to Pauline. Lynn was a very kind person. I was blessed to have known him. Thoughts and prayers for you.

  • Ssherrill Torring Posted October 2, 2021 9:49 am

    OMG! MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY. .What a good guy. But h will be glad to see him!

  • Sherrill Torring Posted October 2, 2021 9:53 am

    Prayers for you🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Former student Posted October 3, 2021 2:43 am

    Will always remember him spending extra time to help me with math as a student in high school . He remains the only educator who ever recognized that particular need and sought to meet it in a generous and compassionate way. He never made you feel as though you were lacking in any way and tried to inspire confidence in.a pretty disinterested student. I never forgot it, although I’m sure it was no big deal to him. It was a big deal to me and remained an example to me as I later went on to become a career educator as well.

  • Dayla Posted October 3, 2021 1:11 pm

    Mr. Osterholm was a very kind, understanding & patient teacher. Math was not my best subject however he made it easier to understand, NWHS was fortunate to have had him.
    Rest in peace.

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