He was a native of Petaluma, raised in the Petaluma hills on a chicken ranch. He joined the Navy at 17 in 1941, proudly serving as a Quartermaster 3rd Class on the U.S.S. Natoma Bay protecting US forces in the Pacific. The Natoma Bay was the most decorated ship in WWII, having earned a total of 10 Stars, 9 Battle Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation and the Philippine Liberation ribbon. Ivar maintained close high school, Natoma Bay and Danish Lodge friendships throughout his life.
Ivar saw the value of education early in life and was a voracious reader. After WWII, he attended SRJC and UCSF to graduate with a BS in Pharmacy, practicing in Palo Alto, Maxwell, Healdsburg and covered many pharmacies as a relief pharmacist. He was active in community organizations including the Federated Church of Healdsburg, Lions Club, American Legion, Director of the Sonoma County Pharmaceutical Association, Danish Brotherhood Lodge as a member for more than 50 years, Sirs #58 of Petaluma, Healdsburg Planning Commission, Healdsburg Elementary School Board, Valley of the Moon Gun Club, Los Viejos Hunting Club and the Healdsburg Senior Center. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trap shooter. He considered travel a continuing education and never-ending adventure, exploring the US and Alaska, and visiting Europe, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, and China. He was naturally curious learning from all he met in his travels.
Nothing in Ivar’s life was more important to him than family and friends. Ivar was a model of kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. He lived to make a positive difference in the lives and happiness of those around him. He married wife, Helen on August 28, 1949. Their devotion to each other was an inspiration to all who knew them throughout their 65 years together. He was a loving father to their daughters, Susan and Nancy, and a friend to their husbands, Steve Smith and Chris Jones. He was an inspiration and a kind, loving patriarch to his grandchildren, Garrett and Conner Smith, Trajan and Nicolas Jones, and great-granddaughters, Reva and Aaliya Jyoti Smith and their mother, Puja. All of them made him happy and proud. He is survived by his brother, Roy Bostrom and his wife, Joan and their children. Nephews, Kai Laetari and Glenn Laetari and wife Jane, and nieces Gael Knowlden and Carol Facque. He was always a gentleman, facing challenges as opportunity with a hearty laugh, a wry, delightful sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye.
Ivar, we have been touched by your laughter, passion for life, your humor and your warmth, your caring spirit and kind soul. As father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and beloved friend, you will be missed! Fare thee well!
A graveside celebration of Ivar’s life will be held at 11:00a.m. Friday, April 24th at the Maxwell District Cemetery in Maxwell, CA.
Ivar’s family would like to thank his many friends for their love, prayers, and support, especially Vernon Nichols and the staff at the Healdsburg Senior Living Community.
Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service FD-410, (530) 458-2111.