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Cecil Oehler
Cecil OehlerLionsClubLife-long Prospect resident Cecil Oehler, age 84, died Monday evening, May 16, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was the youngest of seven children, born December 13, 1926 in Prospect to the late William and Emma (Knappenberger) Oehler.

On June 20, 1969 he married the former Vera L. (Criswell) Stover and she survives in Prospect.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo and a former long-time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prospect where he had served as Deacon in 1968.  He attended Prospect Local School, graduating in 1944.  He was president of the Alumni Association in 1969 and again in 1994.  He was elected to the school board in 1963.  He worked for Standard Oil for 30 years, including owning and operating the Sohio station in Prospect from 1951 to 1976, where he was known as “Cec on the Corner.”  After that, he went to work for the Marion County Engineers office from 1977 to 1994.

He loved all sports, especially Ohio State and the Cincinnati Reds.  He enjoyed talking to all his friends and playing cards.

Cec was a member of the Lions Club since 1959 and had served in various capacities over the years, including Treasurer from 1982 to 1988, President of the Club in 1990, Lion of the Year Award in 1985-1986 and he received the Melvin Jones Award in 1990 for humanitarian services from Lions International.

He was a member of the Prospect Senior Citizens since 1982, serving as Vice President in 1997, and was on the building committee.   Cecil served as Prospect Township trustee for 12 years beginning in 1993.  He was an original board member of the Prospect Sun Swim Pool in 1959, volunteered for the Red Cross at Marion General Hospital for 10 years, and Prospect Fire Board member in 2002.

He was an observer for the National Weather Service from 1959 to 2010, receiving the Dick Hagermeyer Award in 2006 for 45 years of service and the Edward H. Stoll Award on June 17, 2010 for 50 years of service.  In 1990 he received the John Campus Observer Award, the second highest honor from the National Weather Service only to the Thomas Jefferson Award, which he received in 2004, being the only Ohio observer to receive it out of 12,000 observers nationwide.

On October 27, 2007 the new bridge spanning the Scioto River in Prospect was dedicated in his honor and is called the Cecil Oehler Bridge.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Larry (Jane) Oehler, Columbus; a daughter, Karen (Gary) Qualmann, Columbus; a step-son, Richard (Lisa) Stover, Huntsville; a step-daughter, Penny Stover (Chuck) Buck, Prospect; grandchildren, Tad (Jennifer) Oehler, Angie (Vadim) Oehler, Kate Qualmann, Scott Qualmann, Aric (Brandy) Stover, Jennifer Gossett, Sarah Buck, Daniel (Susan) Buck; step-grandchildren, Sadie, Mikaela and Max Oyer; great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Lark Oehler, Bailee Stover, Makayla Stover, Maria Gossett, Christian Miller, Madison Miller, and  Andrew Vinokur.

He was preceded in death by all of his siblings, Ruth Arndt, Freda Blue, Carl Oehler, Mickie Ruth, and two infant brothers.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo with Pastor Sarah Schaaf officiating.  Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3 to 8 PM on Thursday at the Church in Waldo.  Family and friends are invited to attend Cecil’s last crossing of the bridge that bears his name in Prospect on Thursday, May 19 at noon on his way to the church.  The family is being assisted by Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 West Main Street, Waldo, OH 43356 or the Ohio Chapter Myasthenia Gravis Foundation (www.ohiochaptermgf.org), 500 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 105,  Worthington, OH  43085

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#1 from: Rev. David, Melissa, Andrea, and Alyson Hoffman
Lewis Center, Ohio
Tue, May 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Wishing you God's peace.

#2 from: GeorgeAnn Charles
Tue, May 17, 2011 at 1:57 PM

We (my husband Cec Charles) and I so enjoyed Cec's friendship.  He was a great customer of ours for many years.  Then it was good to visit and see him at the Resturant. He was very pleased with the new bridge and his name thereof as well he should be with the many years of service he gave.

#3 from: Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX
Tue, May 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Vera, Larry, Karen & families
Please know that you are in my prayers at this time.
Cecil was a great guy around the Prospect area.  My thought and prayers are with you.
Becky Jacobs Rynders
Abilene, TX

#4 from: Jeff Johnson
Prospect, Ohio
Tue, May 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I knew Cec all of my life.  He was always a positive, friendly individual that was willing to help people.  He helped me several times when he owned the Sohio station...  He has made positive impacts on many people in his lifetime.  What an accomplishment!  His memories will be cherished..  Sincerely, Jeff Johnson

#5 from: Carolyn and George Moser
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Cecil was a part of our growing up years in Prospect. At noon or after school some of the boys would gather at Cec's station and BS, like boys do.  Cec's was young enough to relate to the guys.  He always was a positive influence on the young boys around town. He was an all around good guy.  All the town kids, boys and girls, loved Cec.  He will be missed by many.  The good thing is, we will see him again someday.  He will be waiting on the other side....

#6 from: Phill & Linda Seiter
Blanchard, MI
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 9:07 AM

We are very saddened to learn of Cecil's passing.  It was a pleasure to count him as friend as well as relative.  Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days to come.  Think on the happy memories you cherish of him.
                   Phill & Linda Seiter

#7 from: Nan Moorman
Columbus, OH
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Karen & Family,
We are sorry for the loss of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man! May God carry him home and comfort you in this difficult time.
Nan Moorman & Family

#8 from: Mark Flesch
columbus, ohio
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you!

#9 from: Sherrie Stover Dyer
Mt. Victory
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family... May God be with you in your time of sorrow..


#10 from: Carroll Dix Bosse
Worthington, OH
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Dear Vera and family:  would like to express my sincere condolences in the loss of Cecil.  He never failed to ask how mom & dad (John & Alice) were when I would get gas and any questions he always answered.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

#11 from: Steve Newsome
Kingsburg, California
Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I was saddened to learn of Cecil's death. He was a true icon in the community and until now I never knew he was so involved in so many varied activities and organizations. I only knew that he was a good guy that everone in the community liked and respected. He lived a full life and lived it well. He will be missed by many. Steve

Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Dear Oehler family

I am sorry for grandpa.
He had great life with all family around and he would like see you together again to say goodbye.
I sure everybody feel lucky to share their time with him.
Also I am glad to met and visit him with kate.
wish the best.

Patricio Vargas
18 de Mayo 2011

Thu, May 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Familia Oehler

Lamentamos el fallecimiento de vuestro padre y abuelito Señor Cecil Oehler
Enviamos nuestro cariño y condolencias a la distancia.

Saludos cordiales,
Haydee Andrade e hijo Freddy Vargas.
18 de Mayo 2011

#14 from: Ron Gorby
Lima, Ohio
Thu, May 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM

My sympathy to you & your family in the loss of Cec ! I always appreciated our friendship !

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