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Carl Fred Osterling
  • Gull Lake United Methodist Church
    8640 Gull Road
    Richland, MI 49083
  • Richland/Gull Lake Area Lions Club
    8480 North 32nd Street, Unit # 70
    Richland, MI 49083

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“One of our favorite people in the whole world, sending prayers ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Gary & Patti Gates

“Vi and I have a lot of fine memories of Carl and will be keeping Gloria and family in our prayers. ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Donald Wendell Wendell - MI

“Carl had a great smile and a wonderful sense of humor. He was a gentle tease and a wise soul. I count it a blessing to have been his pastor.VQN8 ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Len Schoenherr - Kalamazoo, MI

“Elaine,We enjoyed Carl's company at so many family gatherings at your home. He was an engaging man with a great sense of humor. He said things as...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Jean Carpenter - Portage, MI

“Uncle Carl will be missed. We have wonderful memories of you. Enjoyed all the family gatherings at your home and swimming in the pool. We also had...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: David and Dawn Bradshaw - Family

“Uncle Carl was a wonder family man and such a sweetheart, always smiling which made you wonder what he was up to or about to say joking around much...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Osterling/Secondi - Family

“Sincere sympathies to the Osterling family. I always enjoyed catching up with Carl, such a positive and caring person! ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Bob and Sandy Feltch

“Carl was such a wonderful and caring gentleman. He always made me smile and I loved working with him at the Sherman Lake YMCA. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Sandra A Ellis - Work

“Carl was a friendly and positive man. Whenever I saw him, I always walked away with a smile on my face. The world needs more people like Carl. ...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Judi Roelof - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Carls passing, we have many fond memories of our Augusta friends and schoolmates.All the reunions we worked on together.Happy...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: David & Ellen Eldridge - Friend

“I knew Carl when I was young, during high school and after and then later married Louise Fenner. They say it's a small world! I graduated with...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: David Hubbard - Otsego, MI

“Gaila found Carl;s obituary on facebook and sent it to me. I know how hard it is to lose your best friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: grace Hollaway - Santan Valley, AZ

“Our sympathy to Gloria and family.Carl was always fun to talk to and always wanted to know how the family was doing.Had fun at Crum Park.Jerry ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Jerry and Marilyn Fenner

“Carl, you will be so missed!! You had the best sense of humor Condolences to your family. RIP ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Debbie Haycook - Friend

“I am a sister-in-law to his son, Brian, and a classmate of his daughter, Ellen. So, I visited with Carl on many occasions. He was a kind, funny, and...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: dolores brierly - Kalamazoo, MI

“Sorry to hear of your loss. Many happy memories of sending time with Carl and Gloria in Lions work. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Wayne and Virginia Smith

“Thoughts and prayers to Gloria and the Osterling family at this difficult time. Carl was a kind and humble man. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Mike and Linda Pierman

“My sincere condolences to you and your family. Prayers, hugs and love to the family. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Monti Snyder

“A wonderful man who lived a good long life. Sincere condolences to Gloria and the family. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Becker

“I have many fond band memories with my family, Dick and Delores Dorner and yours. I know both my parent's are up there showing him around. RIP ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Dorner-Doorlag - Friend

“My deepest condolences to neighbors of so many years. Carl was a wonderful man with a wonderful family. May the Lord bless and keep the entire...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Russ Daniels

“You all have my condolences and sending prayers and love your way ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Debra Dolph- Burzych - Portage, MI

“What a beautiful life Carl lived. As we grieve for this loss, we pray for peace. Love to all, John and Marlene ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: John and Marlene Cutler - MI

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Carl Fred Osterling, age 94, of Richland passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 27, 2021. Carl was born in Ross Township, Michigan on October 25, 1927 the youngest son of Charles M. and Edna L. (Allison) Osterling and graduated from Augusta High School with the Class of 1946 and continued his education at Argubright Business College.

Carl faithfully served his country as a CPL in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, receiving a Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, Distinguished Unit Citation and the Combat Infantry Badge. He worked for Panelyte of Kalamazoo, Dreamers Furniture, City Trans. Currier, and the Sherman Lake YMCA.

Carl married the former Gloria Fern Cutler at the Augusta United Methodist Church on October 11, 1952; she survives. He is also survived by his daughters, Ellen (Philip) VanHammen of Traverse City, Maria (David) Schmit of Indiana, and Elaine (John) Severson of North Muskegon; a son, Brian (Cheryl) Osterling of Augusta; ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Carl was sadly preceded in death by his son, Bradley Osterling in 1980; an infant daughter; his parents; a sister, Lucille and three brothers, Wayne, Bill and Charles.

Carl was an active member of the Gull Lake United Methodist Church and a life member of the Galesburg & Richland/Gull Lake Area Lions Clubs. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, playing cards & Farkle, and spending time with his family.

The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday, November 1, 2021 at the Gull Lake United Methodist Church 8640 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083 where a memorial service to celebrate Carl's life will be held at noon. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gull Lake United Methodist Church and/or the Richland/Gull Lake Area Lions Club. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family may be placed at