Charles Thomas Ostick

Contributed by Sally Lou Eckelman

Charles Thomas Ostick, son of John and Emma Grove Ostick, was born in Polo, ILL., Sept 09, 1901. He died on board the U.S.S. Chicago on the Pacific Coast at the age of 31 years, 8 months and 7 days. During the early part of his life he resided in and near Milledgeville, IL, making his home near Coleta with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Houck after the death of his mother, Emma Susan (Grove) Ostick. While there he was baptized and received into the Methodist Episcopal Church by Rev. Ward Hutchinson on Apri1 23, 1916.

At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps and during his first cruise was made Gunnery Sergeant. August 08, 1928 he was cited for bravery and decorated with the Nicaraguan Medal of Merit by President Moncada. While on foreign soil he was promoted to First Lieutenant serving in that capacity until he became Assistant Chief of Police of Managua, Nicaragua.

He participated actively in Marine and Navy Athletics throughout his career doing his part toward the football and racing boats-excelling and coaching in the latter. Charles participated in all three All Navy Boat Races and coached his Marines to Scouting Force Championship last year.

Gunnery Sergeant Ostick attained the highest record attainable and held it throughout his senive. He was held in high esteem by Officers and men and will be greatly missed by his many comrades.


He leaves to mourn his sudden death, his wife Elsie Tingley Ostick of San Pedro, California, his father John Ostick of Round Grove, IL. Three sisters, Mrs. Albert (Mary) Beyers of Orangeville, IL., Mrs. Frank (Helen) Teeter of Dixon, IL., Mrs. Orville (Clam) Allen of Milledgevil1e, IL., three brothers, George of Princeton, IL, John J. of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Harvey of Forreston, IL.

Funeral services were conducted at the Brethren Church by Rev. Cone with Militaty burial at the Reed Cemetery, Polo, IL., under the auspices of the American Legion with Rev. Johnson, Chaplain, officiating.

Pallbears were Ben Bryson, Chas. Moon, Lawrence Buxton, Ernest Wagner, Paul Bums and Norm Stewert. Mrs. Loren Alber and Mrs. Dwight Turner sang accompanied by Mrs. W. S. Bell




Charles Thomas Ostick was born 9 September 1901 in Polo, Ogle, Co., Illinois and died 16 May 1933 in California. He married ELSIE TlNGLEY. She was born 10 Feb 1902, and died Jul 1983 in San Pedro, Los Angles, Califomia.

Charles Thomas Ostick and Elsie did not have any children. He is buried in the Reed Cem. in Ogle Co., Polo, llIinois, next to his mother Emma Susan Grove Ostick.

George Leslie and John James Ostick are brothers and Charles Thomas Ostick is their half brother. George and John's father is James Robert Ostick [brother of John Thomas Ostick] James died ?? and Emma Susan Grove Ostick, wife of the late James, married his brother John Thomas Ostick in 1901. They had Charles Thomas, Mary Elizabeth and Harvey Franklin Ostick. Emma S. Grove Ostick and James Robert Ostick had, John James, George Leslie, Clara Belle, Helen Marie and ALL of the children were born in Polo. Clara married Orville G. "Dad" Allen of Milledgeville. Harvey F. Ostick lived with Clara and "Dad" Allen after his mother, Emma, died when Harvey was only 6 years old.

Obituary from the Free Press, Milledgeville 11 May 16, 1933.

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