Ostertag, Thomas Fredrick. Thomas F. Ostertag 89, died peacefully at home on June 13, 2018. The 6’6’’ stature of Tom Ostertag encompassed a man with unwavering dedication; first and foremost to his wife Jean, then his children; Kirk (Mary), the late Jenny, Laurel, and each of his grandchildren; Tom, Kari, Emily and Audrey. Born in Green Bay Wisconsin on July 5, 1928, His family moved him at an early age to St. Louis where he grew up, graduated from Clayton high school, studied at The University of Missouri and graduated from Washington University. He began earning a living in Midtown St. Louis grinding lenses in a lab above his father’s small shop that sold eyeglasses. With his ceaseless drive and entrepreneurial spirit ‘Ostertag Optical Service’ grew to include 10 laboratories and nearly 100 retail locations in a dozen states.
Tom had a passion for the outdoors and was an avid sportsman. Having his own duck club and many a fishing adventure in the Everglades atop his Boston Whaler. This he did with joy and perhaps some Bourbon! His strong moral compass and insightful ways allowed him to become very successful. He offered an innate wisdom to others. Frequently he’d refer to this quote he hung in his office, ‘While some delve deep in mustie books-‐In quest of learning rare. Ye wise folk walk by trees and brooks-‐ And gain of wisdom there.’
He loved each and every one of us in the family with intensity and always wanted us to thrive and be successful. Because of his “Old-‐School” character I know each of us became better for it. In love with wife Jean and still sitting by her side telling her she was the “most beautiful woman”, he passed on their 59th anniversary.
A family only celebration of his long life of 89 years will be celebrated on his birthday where he was to be 90 this July 5th! Happy eternal Hunting and Fishing beloved husband, amazing father and the best “Poppy” EVER! -‐WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS-‐
If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom’s name to help end Alzheimer’s to Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine -- Campus Box 8111, 4488 Forest Park Blvd., Suite 130, St. Louis, MO 63108