Ostrander, Rev. David Lee


The Rev. David Lee Ostrander, 93, who served churches in the Erie Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren, died at his daughter's home in Sugarloaf Key, FL on June 9.

Rev. Ostrander was born in Ostrander Hollow, Oct. 30, 1920, at the home of his paternal grandparents. He graduated from Ft. Allegheny High School in 1937, and worked for several years before enrolling in Houghton College, in New York. From there, he went to Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, Ky. He graduated in 1948, with a master of divinity degree and, that same year, married Elaine Ann Wehrli, in Flint, Mich. She survives. 

The Rev. Ostrander began his ministry with the Erie Conference of EUB Church. During his ministry, he served four churches: Grand Valley (now United Methodist), Williston in New York, Stillwater in New York, and Pleasantville. In 1968, the Rev. Ostrander took an early retirement from the ministry and worked at Whirley Industries, in Warren, retiring in 1985. He and Elaine then traveled all over the U.S., enjoying the beauty of the natural world and focusing on his wildlife photography.

The couple moved to Florida to be with their daughter Joy Clark in Sugarloaf Key.  A memorial service was held July 19 at Big Pine United Methodist Church, in Big Pine Key, Fla. The couple also had two sons, Steven and Robert.