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Laird W. Oylear

1957 - 2013 | In Memoriam Condolences
Laird W. Oylear In Memoriam
LAIRD WILLIAM OYLEAR September 8, 1957 - June 12, 2013 Laird William Oylear, loving and cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend went home to be with Our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 surrounded by his family. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. Laird was born to Byron Leon Oylear and Laurie Ruth Darling in Los Angeles, CA on September 8, 1957 and was the 3rd of 4 sons. The family was very close to his grandparents, William Vivian and Gertrude Rhodes Darling. When Laird's father got a job in Camas, WA, the Oylear family moved and "Nanny" and "Gramps" followed. Laird loved working with his grandfather, riding on the tractor, and helping in his shop. He was a natural mechanic. His idyllic childhood was filled with love, laughter, family and friends, and many activities including baseball, boy scouts, bike riding, fishing, and music. The Oylear family relocated to Canyonville, Oregon, where Laird attended high school. He loved the mountains and worked for Chevron Oil of California and Douglas Forest Protection Association. Laird moved back to Southern California to be near and help his grandparents. He played baseball and at one point he was scouted by the Dodgers. He was unable to pursue his baseball dreams due to an arm injury. He attended Mt. San Jacinto College from 1976 to 1980 and studied forestry. His dearly loved "Grampsie" passed in 1980. It was then that his grandmother, "Gertrudy doody" moved to Red Bluff to be near her cousins, the Rhodes family. Laird and Darren moved with her to care for her until she passed in 1984. He attended Shasta College and earned a degree in Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanics in 1983. He worked for A-Appliance and also installed satellite systems. He worked for several years at Fibreboard until its closing. He went on to work for Louisiana Pacific for a few years and then Sierra Pacific for 8 years. He returned to Shasta College in 2007 and earned degrees in Construction and Industrial Technology as well as a certificate in Heavy Equipment Operations and graduated Phi Theta Kappa in May 2013. In 2009 he took on a seasonal job as a Maintenance Worker with the National Park Service at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Park. He was where he loved to be and was so happy to be working up there in "God's Country" after so many years in the Red Bluff heat. He loved his wife, children, family, and friends. He adored his grandchildren. He was incredibly close to his brothers. He loved old cars and Harleys. He loved music and throwing bar-be-ques. We would stay up late and sing and laugh for hours. He was known for his beautiful, cheerful grin, his smilin' Irish eyes, and his delightful sense of humor. He loved life and loved to laugh and loved making people laugh. He had a huge heart and gave so much away that there was none left for him. It just gave out and he left us far too soon. God must have needed that sense of humor up in Heaven, they're all bustin' a gut up there fer sure! The last two years of his life brought much sorrow. His father Byron, who was very dear to his heart, passed unexpectedly in January 2011 only to be followed by the loss of his father-in-law Ronald Culp, whom he greatly admired, in February 2011. The family then experienced the loss of his much loved mother Laurie in April of this year after a long battle with breast cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife and Bun Bun-Lori Lee (Culp) Oylear, daughter Ashley Dawn Oylear, son Devon William Oylear, step-daughter Andrea Jewel Hoofard, Ashley's 4 beautiful children (Jexxalynn Atheana Oylear, Akkiah Quinn Collins, and twins, Alexa Raven and Liam Quentin Collins) all of Red Bluff, brothers Michael Brian Oylear and wife Lauri of North Carolina, Kevin Kerry Oylear and wife Sheri, and Darren Nels Oylear and wife Cheryl, all of Tehama County, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church, 926 Madison Street, Red Bluff on Saturday, June 29, 2013 @ 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church basement. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published in Daily News on June 22, 2013
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