Kurt Walter Ostermeier, age 92, left this life on Sunday January 30, 2022 with his two sons by his side. Despite precautions, contracting Covid was a factor in his passing. Kurt’s wife of over 60 years, Eva, preceded him in death in 2016. Kurt is survived by his eldest son, Peter Ostermeier (Margaux Oliver), Indianapolis, IN; his youngest son, Mark Ostermeier (Laurel Ostermeier), Madison, WI and his grandchildren, Sarah Ostermeier (Bishwesh Joshi), Dayton, OH and Anna Ostermeier, Ann Arbor, MI.
Kurt was born on July 25th, 1929 in Wasserburg, Germany, the only child of Anna Radlmeier and Franz Ostermeier. As a baby, his family moved to the German city of Rosenheim, where Anna worked as a housewife and Franz worked in a flourmill. Kurt grew up with the Bavarian Alps in his backyard, and spent much of his youth exploring them.
Though a talented artist, Kurt pursued scientific studies. Encouraged by his mother and despite the adversity of post World War II Germany, Kurt earned a Ph.D. in surface chemistry from the University of Munich. While working his way through college, he met the love of his life, Eva Jilg, at Oktoberfest. They married a few years later. Kurt took a position with a German paper company affiliated with Kimberly-Clark.
In 1958, Kurt and Eva had the opportunity to move permanently to the U.S. when Kurt was offered a position at Kimberly-Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin. A year later, Peter was born. Mark followed a couple of years later. The Ostermeiers settled in Menasha, having numerous pets and embracing an active life of skiing, skating, boating and swimming. They met other German immigrants, Rudy and Sophie Kropf. The two families became lifelong friends. Eva joined Kurt in Europe where they both competed in the Worldloppet cross-country ski races. Over the years, the Ostermeier family competed together in many Birkebeiner ski races.
Kurt was a brilliant man. He had patents through Kimberly-Clark yet, he was self-effacing about his personal and professional achievements. After retiring from KC, Kurt and Eva took annual ski trips with the Kropfs, visited friends in Europe and spent time at their cottage in Door County. They spent a decade traversing the continental U.S., Alaska and Canada in an RV that was co-piloted by their beloved miniature schnauzer, Buckie. The adventures they shared on the road were some of Kurt and Eva’s happiest times.
Brettschneider Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel is assisting the family. Memories of Kurt can be posted online at www.btlfuneral.com. A Celebration of Life for Kurt will be held this spring or summer with details to follow in the newspaper and through the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Kurt's name to the Fox Valley Humane Society, N115 2 Mile Rd, Appleton, WI 54914, www.foxvalleypets.org.
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