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Place of Birth:
Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Retired Certified Public Accountant
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Charles H. Ostrander "Gus"

Charles H. Ostrander "Gus", 82, passed away at home, October 1, 2014 following a courageous battle with cancer. Gus was born on February 9, 1932, in Okmulgee, OK to C. Hoyt Ostrander and Mary Katherine Burroughs.

Following graduation from Okmulgee High School, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1953. Gus served as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy from 1953 1956 aboard the USS Montrose, conducting missions throughout the Western Pacific. Upon discharge from the Navy, he returned to the University of Oklahoma where he attended Graduate school during 1956 - 1957.

In 1957, Gus embarked on his accounting career by joining Warner, Godfrey & Co., CPA's (1957 - 1962), Arthur Young & Co., CPA's (1962 - 1964), before founding his own CPA firm Ostrander, Sugg, & York, Inc. in November, 1964.

Gus was a member of the Mason Lodge Pilgrim Rock, Akdar Shrine, and Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member of the American Institute, Oklahoma Society and Tulsa Chapter of CPA's; Institute of Business Appraisers; past President of Tulsa Alumni of Sigma Chi; and past President of the Nicholas Club. Prior to joining the U. S. Navy in 1953, he married Patricia Houston of Tulsa. During the course of their marriage, they had three children. They divorced in 1982. During the summer of 1985, Gus met his wife, Darla Harbison. Following a long courtship, they married February 14, 1994.

Gus was preceded in death by his parents, C. Hoyt and Mary Katherine (Katy) Ostrander. He is survived by: his wife, Darla; his children, daughter, Julie Reese and husband, Mike of Noble, OK, son, David Ostrander of Golden, CO and son, Steve Ostrander and wife, Kevin of Grove, OK; step-daughter, Kristi Morris and husband, Jack of Tulsa; his brother, Jody Ostrander and wife, Judy of Fairland, OK; sister, Jill Balch and husband, Hal of Tulsa and fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild; nephew, Jeff Ostrander and wife, Christy of Kansas City, and niece, Jennifer Ostrander Russell and husband Trey, of Tulsa.

Family was very important to Gus. He loved planning family get-togethers especially summer fishing trips to the White River in Arkansas with his children and grandchildren. He and Darla also enjoyed annual trips to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida.

Gus will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him for his warm smile, sense of humor, wit, intellect, and his honest and loyal nature.

The family would like to thank Grace Hospice for their incredible service during the last two months of Gus' life. A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends.


Russ McDonald Sr.
Our thoughts and prayers go to the Ostrander family. Gus my friend you will always be remember by your USS Montrose Family. Rest in Peace dear friend, God Bless. Russ McDonald Sr.