Richard Oswalt

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Richard William Oswalt

MANSFIELD: Richard William Oswalt, age 92 died Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Kindred Hospital in Mansfield.

Dick was born January 13, 1921 in Weller Township to Chester and Blanche (McClain) Oswalt and was graduated from Union (now Crestview) High School in 1939.

He worked at Farm Tool and Tappan Stove Co. until his enlistment in the Marines in 1942. He was assigned to the 3rd Marines Tank Corp. and served until 1945 when the enemy surrendered. He then returned to the Tappan Co. and retired after 42 years. He was a member of the Tappan 25 year club.

On July 3, 1948 he married Erma Cotter and they celebrated 64 years together in 2012. He was an outdoor person who enjoyed fishing and hunting, and farmed his own farm until his retirement. He also enjoyed sports as a spectator, especially the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indians.

He was a life member of the Franklin Methodist Church until its closing.

He is survived by his wife, Erma, sister Mary Cox, two brothers-in-law Forest Cotter and Harold (Jeannie) Cotter, his sisters-in-law Ruth Ann (Richard) Cotter Staats, Jenieve Oswalt, and very special friends The Christopher Branham Family and The Gary Lehman Family, all of whom he claimed as his own family. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews whom he enjoyed and friends Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Butenschon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother James Oswalt.

Friends may call Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 2-5 pm in Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11 am. Pastor Sondra Snode will officiate. Burial with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the Franklin Township Fire Department or the Crestview Educational foundation may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting


Published in the News Journal on Mar. 9, 2013
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