David Lynn Ousterling, age 69, died in his sleep early Sunday morning Sept. 28, 2008, at home in Indian Wells. He would have celebrated his 70th birthday on Oct. 6. The son of Ruth Marie Skindrud Ousterling and Earl Lynn Ousterling, David was born and raised in Wisconsin. He graduated Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1960, earning a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. He held senior executive positions with Hexcel, Inc., M&T Chemicals and Allied Chemicals before forming his own chemical plating business, Pro-Com, of which he was still an active participant.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Diane Caldwell Ousterling, as well as his three daughters (from his first wife, Lois Rubino) — Cheryl Lynn Talty and husband Michael; Diane Marie Hopkins and husband Ralph, and Lisa Rene Crowley and husband Christopher. Also surviving him are his stepchildren, Heather Galloway Hunts, Alexander T. Galloway, Meghan Galloway Richards and Gordon Scott Galloway. David was the beloved grandfather to 11 grandchildren: Morgan Ann Talty (14), Austin David Talty (12), Peter David Hopkins (10), Katherine Claire Hopkins (6), Jackson Alexander Crowley (4), Tess Sonya Crowley (1), Samantha McLean Hunts (14), John Henderson Hunts (11), Caitlin Elizabeth Galloway (7), Lauren McLean Richards (5) and Robert Patrick Richards (6 months).
A mentor to so many, he touched the lives of his friends and family with his wit and wisdom, his kindness as well as his keen insight and guidance. He and his wife lived at the Indian Wells Country Club but were members of Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert. Until recently, they had split their time between California and Pagosa Springs, Colo. They enjoyed designing, building and renovating homes and did several in New Jersey, Colorado and California in their 23 years together. He loved long driving trips across the country, stopping along the way to visit friends, but found his greatest joy being with his 11 grandchildren. His gentle spirit will reside within us as we celebrate this wonderful man we all loved so much.
Funeral services will be at Springdale Lutheran Church in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin at Springdale Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.