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Eugene "Gene" Ostrowski

January 3, 1948 ~ November 26, 2021 (age 73)


Gene C. Ostrowski, 73, Wausau, died unexpectedly at home Friday, November 26, 2021.

He was born on January 3, 1948, in Wausau, son of the late Edmund and Mildred (Beck) Ostrowski. He attended Wausau Senior High School, and after graduation he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War. Following his enlistment, he worked as a truck driver at various companies for about 40 years. He was proud of the fact that he never had a single accident during his entire career.

The greatest joy in his life was his family. On August 12, 1972, he married Janet Quednow, and they were together for 49 years. They were blessed with three children they adopted from Korea. More than anything, he loved spending time with them hunting, fishing, taking them on vacations to different places and helping them with their yard work once they got older.

An avid outdoorsman, Gene enjoyed fishing and hunting with friends and family. After his retirement, he spent a lot of time on his 80 acres on the east side of Wausau making roads and cutting down trees for firewood. He liked chumming around with his neighbors on his daily walks, or when the weather wouldn’t cooperate, he could be found with a good book. He will be most remembered for his willingness to lend to a hand to anyone in need, his sense of humor and love of laughter.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Ostrowski, and their three children, Lucas (Kim Nawyn) Ostrowski (Plover, WI), Lance Ostrowski (Wausau, WI) and Kelsey Ostrowski (Woodbury, MN); siblings, David (Kathy) Ostrowski, Kenneth Ostrowski, Glenn Ostrowski, Edwin (Sonja) Ostrowski; brother-in-law, Jack Hartvig; sisters-in-law, Sue Ostrowski and Candy Ostrowski.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Leroy, Richard, Robert “Baldy” Ostrowski; three sisters, Mary Ostrowski, Diane Hartvig and Susan (David) Borchardt.

Visitation will be Friday December 3, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Online condolences may be expressed at

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December 3, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
1302 Sixth Street
Wausau, WI 54403

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