Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
January 9, 2012 11:30 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Tom H. Ostrander, 84, of Mount Vernon, passed away Jan. 7, 2012.

He was born in Phoneton, Ohio, to Harry and Alma (Gensemer) Ostrander. He grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, and graduated from Lakewood High in 1945.

Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Elaine (Kousoulas); two daughters, Sarah Brown (Lex Lemmon) of Dublin, Judy (Rob) Kessler of Mount Vernon; three grandchildren, Scott (Reena Sodha) Brown of Columbus, Derek Kessler of Cincinnati and Erin Kessler of Baton Rouge, La.; brother-in-law, James Kousoulas (Marilyn) of Gambier.

He served as president of the Knox Co. Community Concert Association, Local 338 American Federation of Musicians, OSU Knox County Alumni Club and The Mount Vernon Players.

He was conductor of the Mount Vernon Community Band and the Mount Vernon Players Musicals for many years, and played trombone in the Knox County Symphony. As a member of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, he enjoyed the After Hours Open Houses in recent years. He was inducted into the Columbus Senior Musicians Hall of Fame.

Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945, his first quarter at OSU. His education at Ohio State University was cut short as he was drafted fall quarter, and served in the U.S. Army for three years. He served in Japan and at Fort Hood, Texas. Upon returning to OSU he was a six-year member of his beloved OSU Marching Band. He was a charter member of the TBDBITL Alumni Band, where he served on the Board of Directors and received the Script Ohio Award. For 26 years, he was the commander of the 338th Army Band and the 122nd Army Band. He was a member of John Philip Sousa Post 1 American Legion, New York City, Amvets Post 95, Mount Vernon (Board of Trustees) and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4027, Mount Vernon (Board of Trustees). After being a member of the first faculty at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, he later graduated from the school with a BBA degree.

In 1964, Tom moved his family to Mount Vernon to begin his dream of owning a music store. Colonial Music was formed, and grew into an eight-store central Ohio chain with an emphasis on music education, bands and orchestras. In 2006, the family sold the successful business to a national chain, and still operates Jet Music in Mount Vernon.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. with the service immediately following the visitation at Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon. Memorial contributions may be made to The Script Ohio Club, 6491 Northland Road, Worthington, OH 43085.

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