Published in Ocala
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Ocala - Wilbur "Will"
Osthoff died May 11, 2012, in Ocala after a lengthy illness. A long-time
resident of Bartow and Lakeland, FL, he was born in Gardner, FL, on Jan.
14, 1924. He served his country in World War II in the 101st Airborne
division in Europe.
An avid sportsman, he played semi-professional baseball in the minor leagues
and was the Bartow Golf Club champion twice. He coached little league
baseball in Bartow for a number of years.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife and
high school sweetheart, Blanche; two children, Marla Dieffenwierth and
Steve Osthoff of Ocala; four grandchildren, Leigh Wright and Janna Abbott
of Ocala, Joey Osthoff of Lake Worth, FL and Katie Osthoff of Philadelphia,
PA; two brothers, Melvin of Bartow and Carl of Mina, AK.
He will be interred at the military cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of
Marion County, Inc., P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478-4860.