OBITUARY

George Edward Oswald

December 13, 1945October 14, 2020

George Edward Oswald, age 74, passed away October 14th, 2020 in Austin, TX, surrounded by family he loved dearly. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kim Oswald of Austin, sons Justin Oswald of Fort Worth and Nicholas Oswald of Austin, daughters Devon Oswald of Champaign, IL, and Carlyn Oswald of Fayetteville, AR. He is also survived by his siblings, Rev. John Oswald, Msgr. Richard Oswald, and Fred Oswald (Sarah Spencer) of Little Rock, AR; Johanna Oswald of Austin, TX; Mark Oswald (Ruth Williams) of Santa Fe, NM; sister-in-law Judy Oswald of Little Rock, AR; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Hilda Oswald and his brother Kenneth of Little Rock. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 13th, 1945. He received degrees from Christian Brothers College and the University of Tennessee, and worked the majority of his career as a civil engineer managing and mitigating flooding in the Central Texas area. George was a longtime and active member of Westlake United Methodist Church. He was dedicated to serving the less fortunate, including through being active with the Mobile Loaves & Fishes ministry. He passed on the importance of family, perseverance, and compassion to his children. A grounding presence for those around him, he maintained his wonderful sense of humor, even while enduring the burdens of his illness. The strength of his character earned him the respect of many. He loved listening to live music, the outdoors, cycling, and making a mean brisket. He lived his entire life to the fullest and will be dearly missed. A virtual memorial service will be held by Westlake United Methodist Church on October 27th, 2020 at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Mobile Loaves & Fishes at mlf.org. To share condolences with the family, visit dignitymemorial.com.

Service held virtually over Zoom -

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 1:00pm (CDT)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83188300768?pwd=WUMzdjNFMEM3ekJkOHo2WkowTDlqZz09 Meeting ID: 831 8830 0768 Passcode: 128861

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Kay Trostle

October 23, 2020

In addition to sharing a pew and Sunday School at WUMC with George and Kim for many years, George and I would occasionally serve on Mobile Loaves and Fishes together- usually on his regular, 3rd Monday of the month team. George always had a ready smile for everyone that we served, as well as all of us in the truck. It was always great fun to go on a MLF "run" with George and his friend Jonathan, because their humorous stories usually led to great hilarity as we drove from place to place. George was warm, gentle and loving with everyone I ever witnessed him encountering. I miss him greatly. Kay

Christina Martin

October 23, 2020

Living with the Oswald Family as their Aupair back in 1999 was a LOT of fun. I not only got to taste George's world-famous brisket, but I got to witness Kim and George raising four energetic, unique, brilliant and totally remarkable kids. I didn't quite understand in the beginning, how so many people could live under the same roof and function the way that they did. But with Kim and George at the helm - a fabulous team - they managed a work-life-family balance that I will always admired.

And props to George and Kim, for never giving me too hard a time for my late-nights out with the Astro Chevy van.

It was a privilege and a pleasure to have known George. I give credit to both George and Kim for encouraging me to become an artist. When I had no idea who I wanted to become, George gave me a cassette tape compilation of live recordings of some local singer-songwriters ( Shawn Colvin, Kacy Crowley, and a few others). The music resonated with me, and so off I went to soak up more music that was similar in style. That same summer Kim gave me a copy of Julia Cameron's 'The Artist's Way'. They both were two big influencers who helped me find my own path with heart. I will forever be grateful.

I will miss George's Holiday updates. It was so obvious that Kim and the kids, meant the most. My heart goes out to all of you.

Sending love and virtual hugs from Nova Scotia,
Christina

Katie Ruback

October 23, 2020

George and Kim sat in the pew behind us at church each Sunday. What a bright light he was during the passing of the peace! His warm smile and handshake were so friendly. He will be missed by so many at the church.

Diane Kile

October 22, 2020

George lived life to the fullest. Much has been written about his work and his love of music and family. He was also one of the founders of the ACME Hike Club. His love of the out doors took a group of us backpacking to many beautiful places in the west: Yosemite, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Wind River Range and Banff, BC. He was so full of energy and wanted to share his love for the outdoors with others. He taught us all a wonderful lesson in how to enjoy life. One of my favorite memories is when we were canoeing on the Buffalo River. At camp one night he pulled out his "electric" yoyo and demonstrated "around the world" with the yoyo disappearing in a whirl of colored lights into the forest never to be seen again. Rest in Peace George.

Sarah Jenkins

October 22, 2020

I remember George as a quiet but faithful presence at the children's
activities. He was fully engaged and could not be missed, though he did not call attention to himself. He seemed very happy to let others have the stage. I was not surprised to read the loving comments of those who worked with him, and how they appreciated his style of dependable leadership and the personal interest he took in seeing them succeed. George exemplified the best of so many human characteristics.

Joe Pantalion

October 21, 2020

By the time I met George in 1990, he had already established himself as Austin’s godfather of storm water management. As we traveled across Texas working with CDM, I appreciated his brilliance, humor and competitiveness that kept us both gainfully employed for many years. He was the ideal boss who enjoying mentoring, laughing and, (as great leaders do) challenging the status quo. Our paths would cross again at the City of Austin where George further cemented his legacy and continued to champion his flood programs and staff.

My favorite George memory is from a “work” trip to Little Rock where we had some mean BBQ with his brother. Count me as one of the many people whose life and career were made better for knowing George.

Dee and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Kim, the children and the extended family. Peace to all.

Gabriel Rojas

October 21, 2020

George had an immeasurable influence on my life as I worked alongside him and learned from him for nearly a decade. He shared his knowledge and experiences without holding back and always had a very positive energy with his booming laughter often heard throughout the office. We'd spend a lot of time talking about city politics and live music, especially when SXSW would roll around and he would tell me of the live music experience he had the day prior. You were a dear friend and mentor and I honor your memory and positive impact on the world you've left behind. Goodbye Geo.

Tony Spinelli

October 20, 2020

George was my boss, a mentor, and most important.... a great friend. He was well known as a driving force in Austin’s flood early warning system. His work continues to save lives. That is a fine legacy.
I remember George bringing fresh squeezed lime juice to make the best poolside margaritas. I didn’t think our last lunch get together would be our “last lunch together”. RIP my friend. I’ll always remember the big guy with fondest memories. My sincere condolences to you Kim, and the kids.

Jay Baker

October 20, 2020

George was one of the most influential people to me when I joined the City of Austin in 1998 along with many others that I have had the privilege and honor of serving with. He was bigger than life and a strong presence working on many difficult issues with many of us in the trenches. But his calmness, respect and also kindness to others was very much appreciated and still is. We will miss you George but there will be a very special place in our hearts from here on!

Colin Slagle

October 20, 2020

I had the privilege to work with George and live in the same neighborhood for several years. George was a mentor to me – and a mentor to my mentors. He leaves a huge legacy in the engineering community in Austin and beyond. He definitely made the world a better place. My family will miss his curbside visits on his regular bike rides around the neighborhood. I’ll miss his giant voice and handshakes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Oswalds.

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