Obituary: David E. Osterberg Jr.
David E. Osterberg Jr., age 30, of Monico died Wednesday, June 22, 2016. He was born Sept. 10, 1985, in Virginia Beach, Va., to David Osterberg Sr. and Cindy Leitl. He is survived by his parents, David and Kay Osterberg, and Cindy Carlson. Also surviving are one sister, Shawna Osterberg; two brothers, Jordan Leitl-Wagnitz and Micah Osterberg; and two grandfathers, Eugene Osterberg and Elmer Leitl. David is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by three grandmothers and one grandfather. With his father and sister, he moved back to Monico in 1988. In 1989, their family became more complete with the marriage of his father, David Osterberg, to Kay Reisner. David Jr. graduated from Three Lakes High School in 2003. That year, he embarked on a seven-year career with the United States Air Force as an aircraft structural maintenance mechanic. David was first stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and later completed a tour of duty in Iraq, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After a short stay in North Carolina, David was then stationed in Afghanistan at Bagram Airfield for a second tour of duty. Following his tour in Afghanistan, he returned to South Carolina for the remaining time of his enlistment. While David was stationed in Japan, he learned of and enjoyed both watching and participating in the well-known sport of drift car racing. David’s other pastimes included playing poker with family and friends, spending time outdoors and hunting. He had a lifelong love of dogs. He also enjoyed spending much quality time and fun with the young children who were so important in his life. Following David’s military career, which was completed in 2010, he returned to Monico to be near his family and friends. He attended truck driving school and became a commercial truck driver for Roehl Transport in Marshfield for two years before pursuing a career in factory work. He was employed part- time in Prentice until he received a full time position at Expera Specialty Solutions in Rhinelander, where he continued his employment until his death as an electrical and instrumentation apprentice. Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 2016, at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home, from 10 a.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service. Rev. Mark Gass will officiate. Military honors will immediately follow the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Ray Rousseau V.F.W. Post 3143, Rhinelander, and two representatives from the U.S. Air Force. Memorial contributions in honor of David may be given to the family. (Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home)