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Arthur R. Oswald
Arthur R. OswaldFlagArthur R. Oswald, age 86 of Prospect, slipped into his heavenly life on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at his home.  He was born April 28, 1924 in Radnor to the late Ira R. and Estella M. (Kenyon) Oswald.

He graduated from Radnor High School and then attended Coyne Electrical and DeVry Radio and Television Schools in Chicago.  Art was formally employed by the Erie and Conrail railroad for 39 years as an electrician.  While there, he also served as a local chairman for the system council board.  While this was his main profession, many people in Prospect also fondly remember Art as their TV repairman.

Arthur proudly served his country in World War II with three years in the 11th Bomber Group, 7th Air Force, as a sea search radar operator.  Before leaving the states on his first tour of duty, he married his high school sweetheart, Davena L. Thomas in a secret ceremony in 1944.  Dena kept her wedding ring on a chain around her neck until she graduated so she could continue to attend school.  After 58 years of marriage, Dena passed away in 2002.

More widely known as a very active American Legion member, he served as District 6 Commander, Local Post 368 Commander, Sgt. at Arms, and on the Americanism committee.  Arthur was presented with a 60-year Continuous Membership Certificate just last year during the village Memorial Day Service.

He was also very active in the community and was a role model for years as the Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 23.  He coached Little League and Pony League as well as serving as manager for the Prospect Merchants Girls League.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and William and three sisters, Maye Darby, Faye Rouse and Mary Alice Leaper.

He leaves behind his five children, Michael Oswald, Michigan; Richard (Lois) Oswald, Radnor; Thomas (Lynna) Oswald, Hudson; Steven (Lisa) Oswald, Marion, and Tammy (David) Layne, Prospect; 11 grandchildren, Tessa Thompson, Jon Oswald, Lisa Smith, Richard Oswald II, Damon Parmentor, Angela (Michael) Weaver, Owen Oswald, Scott (Tiffany) Millisor, Dennis Millisor, Kirk Millisor and Timothy Millisor; 8 great-grandchildren and special friend, Thora Boring.

Funeral services will be Friday, November 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect with Pastor Steve Whittaker officiating.  Military honors will provided by the Marion Area United Veterans Council.  Friends may call 2 hours prior to the service, at the funeral home in Prospect, beginning at 11:00 AM.  Private graveside services will be at a later date in the Radnor Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Marion General Hospice, 1000 McKinley Park Drive, Marion, OH  43302.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Mrs. Merle (Karen) Landon
Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM

  My deepist sympathy goes out to your family, at this time of loss.  Karen Landon

#2 from: Jeff Johnson
Prospect, Ohio
Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM

So sorry to see the posting concerning the passing of Art.  Art was a kind person and treated me very well growing up...  

We all think parents will be there forever, but we learn they can not be...  Steve, be glad all the time you two spent together as it was indeed "quality time".

In deepest sorrow... Jeff Johnson

#3 from: Tom Issler
Prospect, Ohio
Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I'm unable to be with you tomorrow to honor the life of Art.  Art was a dedicated member of American Legion Post 368 and I was proud to have known him.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tom Issler

#4 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX
Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Mike & family
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the Lord bring all of the good times to your thoughts. Make this a celebration of Art's life rather than a morning of his death.............
Becky Jacobs Rynders

#5 from: Pauline Oehler
20014 N. Trading Post, Sun City West, AZ  85375
Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM

We were saddened to see that Art had passed away. Over the years, he was in our lives in various ways. I played softball when he managed a womens team. He also kept many of our family TV's going when finances were so you fixed them instead of replacing them. He was always doing something to help the youth of the community. He was a valuable member of the American Legion. Art was always there to represent them at functions and did it very capably.
Please accept our sympathy as you mourn his loss.

Pauline Oehler and family
Tom and Peggy Knickel

#6 from: Stella (Bass) Strahan
Kamiah, Idaho
Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Uncle Art, my mother's litle brother, was always fun to be around.  He once threw me in the air and missed catching me.  He reminded me of the scar that gave me the last time I visited him. I wish I could have spent more time with him.  He always called me by my nickname "Cissy."  He also corrected the way I pronounced "Oswald" when I last saw him.  A good man with a great family.  

#7 from: Linden Kirby
Denver, CO
Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 7:31 PM

To Art's family and to Thora, let me express my sincere sympathy and prayers for God's comfort.  I am so glad the twins and I were able to visit Art and pray him that day in August when I was in Prospect.  I will always remember Art as my Boy Scout leader and as our TV repairman, but also as the twins' "rescuer."  God bless you all.

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