Alvin Osterback


Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2005

Lifelong Alaskan Alvin Osterback, 90, died of natural causes Nov. 24, 2005, at Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage.

Visitation and a service were Nov. 28 at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. The Rev. Roger Holmberg officiated. A second service and burial will be in Sand Point.

He was born Jan. 21, 1915, in Wosnesenski, an island in the Aleutians, to Alfred and Feckla Osterback. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as a captain in Army Transport Services. He was a lifelong commercial fisherman and shipwright. He served as an Alaska state representative from 1974 until 1980.

He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the Elks and Moose lodges. He was awarded Aleut Corp. Elder of the Year; he was inducted into the Educational Hall of Fame; and was one of the founders of SeaFab Bank.

His family said, "Alvin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and community leader. ... He was a great leader in his community and state. Vin captured the eye of many leading his wife on the dance floor. He danced his way to 90 years."

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and George Osterback; sisters, Nora, Eleanor and Ida Osterback; and daughter, Erna Osterback Shearer.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Osterback of Sand Point; sons, David Osterback of Sand Point and Alvin Osterback of Unalaska; daughters, Svea Williams and Loraine Hilborn of Anchorage; 32 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lilly Alford and Florence Nettle of Seattle; and nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.

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