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Former Monroe man remembered
MILWAUKEE - A former Monroe man was fatally stabbed Sunday while attempting to break up an argument outside a Milwaukee bar.

Shawn W. Ostrom, 32, Milwaukee, was a chef at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Ostrom was trying to protect an acquaintance who was being attacked by her boyfriend, according to the Associated Press. Police have arrested two suburban Milwaukee men in the case.

Ostrom, the son of Larry and Kathy Ostrom, was born in Monroe in 1984. He was a 2002 graduate of Monroe High School. Even after he graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, he returned to the Monroe area to cook for Big Brothers/Big Sisters events at the Monroe Country Club.

"He was a patient teacher, and he was very, very skilled," said Dustan Beutel, a chef at the Monroe Country Club who worked with Ostrom at the Club and the New Glarus Hotel for about six years.

"He was on a whole other level than I was," Beutel said. "I had a lot to learn from him."

Beutel remembered that, in addition to cooking, Ostrom was very athleti, and would sometimes ride his bike from Monroe to New Glarus for work.

"He was a busy guy," Beutel said.

Beutel said he was "not surprised" when he heard about how Ostrom died, saying that he seemed to care more about others than himself.

"That sounds like him," said Ken Fredricks, Ostrom's former scoutmaster. "He always tried to help other people whenever he could."

Ostrom earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, the day before his 18th birthday. Fredricks said Ostrom's final merit badge, which he earned mere hours before he turned 18, was "Family Life."

"He was truly individual," Fredricks said. "He was a great young man. The younger kids in the troop all looked up to him."

Ostrom joined Fredricks' troop when he was 15, an age when many teenage boys lose interest in scouting, Fredricks said.

"It must have been an influence on him," Fredricks said.

"This has been a big loss for Monroe," Beutel said. "He was a culinary talent and an all-around great guy."

See Page A2 for Ostrom's obituary.