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Joseph “Joe” Osterholt, 59

Posted: Friday, Dec 28th, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. — Former Alamosa resident Joseph “Joe” Osterholt, 59, passed away at his home in Casper, Wyo. on December 16, 2012.

Jose was born on November 18, 1953 in Sterling to Joseph and Vivian (Lakey) Osterholt. It was there that he spent his childhood, and graduated from Sterling High School. He later moved to Alamosa to attend Adams State College and made it his home for several years. In Alamosa, he met and married his present wife, Donna (Buhr), in 1989.

In 1993, Joe and his family moved to Casper, where he opened J & B Flooring. He continued installing flooring there for many years. Joe’s love, however, was live theater. He was heavily involved in Stage III Community Theater in Casper. Joe played an instrumental part in their remodel when they moved to their new location. He acted in several plays, but found his passion in directing. For Stage III, he directed The Crucible, Steel Magnolias, Bell Book and Candle, Madams Been Murdered - Tea Will Be Late, June Groom and The Rain Maker. He also co-directed several others. He became involved in Casper Children’s Theater, where he was an instructor; but also acted in The Wizard of Oz (where he played the Cowardly Lion), School House Rock and he directed Alice in Wonderland. His love of his family and the theater was always present in his life.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Vivian Osterholt. He survived by his wife, Donna; children Elise Osterholt; Brandi (Alec) Olson and Michael Osterholt; a grandson Nicholas Osterholt; a sister Jean (Eric) Christensen, along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Stage II Theater in Casper at 4 p.m. Memorials can be made to the Osterholt Family Fund a Hilltop National Bank in Casper.

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