Brian Carl Osterling, age 66, of Galesburg passed away peacefully at home on Monday evening, February 14, 2022. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 15, 1955, the son of Carl Fred and Gloria Fern (Cutler) Osterling. Brian graduated from Galesburg-Augusta High School with the Class of 1974 and furthered his education at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Brian faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1975 to 1978 and continued to serve in the Army Reserves for several years. He retired in 2016 after more than 31 years at the Upjohn Company and Pfizer.
Brian married the "Love of His Life", Cheryl A. Cox at the Kellogg Forest on May 5, 1979; she survives. He is also survived by his mother, Gloria Osterling of Richland; his children, Maggie Thomas of Kalamazoo, Jacob (Amanda) Osterling of Augusta, Rachael Osterling of Missouri, Wesley (Lisa) Osterling of Scotts, Taylor (Austin Wells) Osterling of Missouri, and Blake (Jordon Voss) Osterling of Galesburg; his grandchildren, Micah, Barbara, Aiden, Eric, Tanner, Veronica, Ayla, Jaxson, Kylan, Carter, Aubrey, and Carly; his sisters, Ellen (Philip) VanHammen of Traverse City, Maria (David) Schmit of Indiana, Elaine (John) Severson of North Muskegon and several nieces & nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Carl Fred Osterling; his brother, Bradley Osterling; and an infant sister.
Brian truly loved his country and his God. He was a member of the Spring Valley Church, Kalamazoo and a founding member of "Camp Kromer". A true outdoorsman, Brian enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, vacations at Platte Lake, hiking, backpacking, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was also quite the handyman and could build and/or fix just about anything.
The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 21, 2022, at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at the Spring Valley Church 5240 Mt. Olivet Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49004 where a memorial service to celebrate Brian's life will begin at 12:00 noon. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed the University of Michigan Cancer Center and/or the Wounded Warrior Project.
The family has created a beautiful slideshow of pictures and it may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/680118610