Darwin A. Oswald

Darwin A. Oswald, 84, of Highland, IL, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Faith Countryside Nursing Center, Highland, IL, with his family by his side.

Darwin was born March 8, 1932, to Arthur and Minerva (Nee Koelz) Oswald at St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, IL. After Minerva’s death, Art married Tillie Zobrist who raised Darwin as her own. On January 25, 1958, he married Patrice F. Au, in Highland, IL.

Born in Highland, IL, raised on a farm east of town on Michael Road. He was a member of the Highland Sportsmans Club, The Highland Sharpshooters, V. F. W. Post 5694 and Life member of Carpenter’s Local 1535 of Highland, now 664 of Woodriver, IL. He enjoyed camping, butchering/making sausage, hogging, gardening, canning, playing euchre and jass. He made an awesome canned dill pickle. He was in the Korean war in 1954 and came home in 1956. He worked as a carpenter for 36 years; Zbinden Construction, Ammann Builders, and S M Wilson from 1968 – 1992, when he retired.

Darwin was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He can contribute his long life to his wife, Pat of 43 years; special friend, Ann Steinmann of 11 years; special friend, Verla Giger the last 3 years; all of his family and friends that gave him the upmost Love.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Minerva Oswald; parents, Art and Tillie Oswald; wife of 43 years, Pat Oswald; special friend, Ann Steinmann.

He is survived by his special friend, Verla Giger, Highland, IL; sons, Steve (Susan) Oswald, Pocahontas, IL, Terry (Kim) Oswald, Trenton, IL, David (Melody) Oswald, Waterloo, IL, Kevin (Crystal) Oswald, Grantfork, IL; grandchildren, Nicholas (Lauren) Oswald, Andrew (Krystal) Oswald, Josh Oswald, Tiffany (Justin) Vosholler, Max Oswald, Dakota Oswald, Owen Oswald; great-grandchildren, Lenexa, Eleanor and Shelby Oswald, Everette Vosholler; sister, Janet (Robert) Kleinmann; niece and nephew.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or V. F. W. Post 5694.

Visitation: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 8:00 to 11:00 am at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL

Funeral: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 11:00 am at Meridith Funeral Home.

Clergy: Rev. Wil VerDuin, Associate Pastor, Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, IL.

Interment: At a later date.

Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL

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