Born in Des Moines, Iowa 27 November 1933.  Passed into eternal life on 21 January 2013.  A parishioner of St. Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix.  Loved unconditionally, gave generously, and enjoyed the company of family and friends.  He liked his steaks rare and his martinis dry.  He lived a full life, dedicated to a life’s work in medicine.  His career as a Physician spanned fifty years.  In 1966 he moved his family to Phoenix, Arizona.  While at Phoenix General Hospital he served as Chairman of the Division of Surgery, later he became a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.  Robert continued as student and teacher, attending conferences, sitting on committees and chairing committees of education and residency training throughout his career.  The Phoenix Metro area, Dewey, and Kingman, Arizona as well as Tonopah, Nevada were communities he served.  His experience as a physician and private pilot allowed him to fulfill a dream of flying jets.  In 1983 he entered the United States Air Force Reserve and served for nineteen years, retiring as USARF Flight Surgeon with the rank of USAFR Lt. Colonel.  Robert found opportunities to learn and teach in his civic life as well.  He was a life member of the Dons of Arizona, a historical club promoting the history of the southwest.  He explored Arizona and Southwest back roads with his family and friends.  He is survived by Carol, his wife of 55 years; his brother James Ostwinkle, and sisters Barbara Kelley, Beverly Meister and Jolene Ostwinkle, D.O.  “Dr. Bob’s life would not have been complete without his children, Robert and Sally Ostwinkle; Theresa and Michael Dreifuss; Paul Ostwinkle; Michael and Amy D. Ostwinkle; Michelle and Bruce DeRouchey; Marina Ostwinkle; Jerry and Pam Ostwinkle; S.G. and A.B. Ostwinkle.  He is the grandfather of thirty-two, and great grandfather of sixteen.  The children in his life kept his spirit young.  The sanctity of life was precious to him, and he cherished the opportunity to hold newly born life in his hands.  “But Jesus called for them, saying, ‘Permit the children to come to Me, and not to hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” Luke 18:16.  Visitation will be held from 5-8pm, with a Rosary at 7pm Wednesday, January 30 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.  Funeral Mass will be at 10am, Thursday, January 31 at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Catholic Charities.


Condolence Messages

  1. Brian Callister, Rose Lorea, and family

    We are so sorry for your loss, but so proud and honored to have been able to call such a wonderful man “friend”…Bob and Carol were always like a big brother and big sister to us and like grandparents to our kids – we love you dearly and our hearts and prayers are with you and the entire Ostwinkle family… now and always….


    Dear Carol and family,
    Our sympathy goes to you for your loss of Bob. My brother kept me informed of his struggle. Your faith no doubt tells you he’s in a better place now. We’ve known you both, through Bill, for years and even though we didn’t have lengthy contact, the times we did have are memorable. Would much rather give you a hug and tell you this in person. Stay well and may God’s grace and blessing touch all of you.

    Terry and Sue Stonecipher

  3. Jeff Weisfeld

    Carol, so very sorry to hear of this. You know, Bob gave me my start here, and I’m eternally thankful for that act of kindness. He was so good to know, and he taught me a lot about life with each conversation.
    The Colorado river trip was just the best time. He told me to take the time off and join this adventure, and it will always be a cherished memory.
    You and Bob will always be in my heart.
    God Bless, jeff

  4. Paul and Rachel Selander

    Dear Carol and family

    It is with deep regret I learned that Bob has passed away. I always admired and respected Bob both as a friend and as a colleague. The many evenings after office hours in the conference room with Bob,Jim Brooks,Dallas Moeller, Dennis Parker and so many interns and residents at journal club were special times for all of us.Our time passes quickly,but our memories of Bob and your family remain with us.He was a dedicated physcian, a teacher,a friend and deeply in love with you and your famiy. Fraternally Paul.

  5. David and Kristina Parrack

    God, please richly bless this dear family with the peace only You can give,
    Bob will remain with us in every walk through the forest, beside us at the campfire, in our thoughts as planes fly overhead, and every time we see a man lovingly raise a child up over his head. This was when we observed his most radiant smile and he would glow with joy! Children always were drawn to him immediately.
    David was one who was blessed to train under Bobs surgical tutelage. He was the consummate surgeon and trainer and he taught far more than medicine; he taught LIFE.
    Bob made us welcome in his home, on his camping trips, and we came to feel like family. He has been a huge part of our lives – we are forever grateful.

  6. Herb Kaufman

    Fond memories of Bob and Carol at the old Pontiac Osteopathic, and we still remember and cherish the time many years ago when we visited in Arizona. His love of the state was extraordinary.

    A dedicated family man, exceptional physician, and all around outstanding person.

    Herb and Sandra Kaufman

  7. Ms Lewis

    To the Ostwinkle Family,

    When I found out about Dr. Ostwinkle’s passing, I thought about the few times I met him and enjoyed talking with him. The exemplary family he raised leaves an indelable mark on the region. Many blessings to his widow.
    Ms Lewis, Todd’s wife, Rob Jr’s friend

Leave Your Condolence

Please share your message of condolence with the family, It will be visible to the public but your email address will not be published. Required fields