Willis Otto Oster, 88, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Oregon Veteran’s Home.
Willis was born November 3, 1926 in Washington, DC to Norval and Mary (Ritchey) Oster. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. On September 10, 1949 he and Kathleen Urben were married at the Church of Our Lady Victory in Washington, DC. Willis retired from Xerox and was former owner of Environmental Consulting Automotive Radiator Company. Willis was a member of Harvest Foursquare Church in The Dalles, Ore.; Wasco County Master Gardeners and The Dalles Denny’s Thursday Breakfast Fellowship. He was an expert crossword and other puzzle solver.
Willis is survived by his children, Steven Oster (Sharon), R. Kelly Oster (Mary), Callista Oster, Michael Oster (Kathy), Therese Leon (Peter), David Oster (Chris); grandchildren Peter and Kyla Leon, John and Grace Lainhart, Matthew and Victoria Leon, Geoff Coleman, Carla Oster, Steven Oster, Devon Wohl and Courtney Oster and great grandchildren Carter Lainhart and Jocelyn Leon.
“Will Oster was more than just my grandpa. He was one of my best friends, my mentor, and the greatest teacher I've ever had. He taught me about sports, and he taught me about business. He taught me about relationships, and he taught me about family. Mostly, he taught me about Jesus. Some of these lessons he taught with his mouth. He had a gift for explaining things so even a stubborn teenager could understand them. But mostly he taught me with his life. His love for his wife, his family, and his Savior spoke more to me than any of our amazing conversations (of which there were many). My grandpa was an amazing man, and I look forward to seeing him again one day.” ~Matthew Leon
The family gives special thanks to Heart of Hospice. Especially thankful to Deb Lambo, Lindy Anderson, Clyde Sanda and Bobbie Wilson.
A private interment with Military Honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery Thursday, June 11, 2015. A memorial celebration will be held on June 20, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m at Harvest Foursquare Church, 2500 Old Dufur Rd., The Dalles, OR 97058.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of Hospice, 2621 Wasco Street, Hood River, OR 97031 and Wasco County Master Gardeners, 400 E Scenic Dr., #2.278, The Dalles, OR 97058.
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