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C. Marnold Ostby Jan. 8, 1937 - Feb. 23, 2009

OLIVIA -- C. Marnold Ostby Jr., 72, of Olivia died Monday at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia. Burial will be in Our Savior's Cemetery in McIntosh.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and continues for one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Renville County Food Shelf, A.C.T.S., or the donor's choice.

He was born Jan. 8, 1937, in McIntosh to Carl Sr. and Edith (Peterson) Ostby. He grew up in McIntosh and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1955. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead and graduated in 1959 with a double major in mathematics and physics. He later graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in mathematics. Since 1961, he taught senior high math and physics in Olivia.

He was the head basketball coach at Olivia High School for many years and he coached football. He published a book, "Match Up Defense," and wrote many magazine articles on coaching. In 2005, he was one of four coaches inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He promoted and formed the Prairie Division of the Minnesota State Mathematics Leagues, taking math teams to competitions.

He founded the Olivia Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, remaining active for many years. On Oct. 27, 2001, he was one of two inducted into the Minnesota Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Fame. He was a pioneer with the use of computers in education and developed an athletic statistics program that was purchased and used by schools throughout the Midwest. He was a member of Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia.

He is survived by his two sisters: Donna (and Gerald) Collins of Sedona, Ariz., and Sharon (and Frank) Renshaw of Cherry Hill, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his parents.