Howard M. Oesterle

January 21, 1919March 3, 2013

HOWARD M. OESTERLE Mason, MI Howard M. Oesterle, age 94, died Sunday, March 3, 2013. He was born January 21, 1919, to Michael and Ruth (Rouse) Oesterle on a farm south of Mason, the middle child among ten siblings. He attended the Walters School through the 8th grade and was graduated from Mason High School in 1937. He was graduated from the Ingham County Normal in 1940 and began teaching school at Aurelius Center that year. World War II interrupted his teaching for 4 years. Upon Honorable discharge from the Army Air Corp he returned to teaching and furthering his education at Michigan State University. His teaching experience took him to the Bunker Hill School, Eden School, Walters School, and to Leslie Public Schools as well as Mason Public Schools. Howard married Melva Perkins of Salt Lake City, Utah in 1944 who preceded him in death in 1986. To this union were born a daughter, Linda of Marshall and a son, Michael (Sally) of Midland who survive. Also surviving are brothers, Glenn Oesterle and Lyle (June) Oesterle and a sister, Irma Cullen as well as 2 step-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 621 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI 48854 with the Rev. Milan Maybee officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm and Wednesday from 10-11:00 AM. Those desiring may make contributions to Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran, Charlotte, MI 48813 In memory of Howard Oesterle. On-line condolences may be made at


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Howard M. Oesterle

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Patricia Pierson

March 17, 2013

A well remembered teacher and friend, rest in peace.

Nicole (Good) La Rose

March 6, 2013

Howard was one of my dearest lifelong friends. He was my 3rd grade teacher in 1997 and we have kept in touch (via old fashion USPS, talks at Meijer and occasional phone calls) ever since. I stil have the journal he gave me for graduation and all of his letters. I regret not knowing of his passing until just now and missed the service by only a few hours. Please know I'm thinking of you all and will miss my pen pal.

Ed Oesterle

March 6, 2013

Dear Linda,my prayers are being offered today for you and brother, memories now will be held forever, our Dads were such good men. The Oesterle's have a legacy of strong men in the family. Ed and Gay Oesterle, Ft. Meade. Fl

Barbara Howery Brown

March 6, 2013

Memories of my years at Walters School in the middle 1950's with Mr.Osterle as our teacher have always been great long lasting memories. Have lost track of him over the years as my husband and I moved to Iowa many years ago, but am glad he had a long life and know all of us that he had as students, including my brothers, fondly remember his time with us. Barbara Howery Brown

March 5, 2013

To Linda, Mike, and family,
Memories of your father will live on in a multitude of hearts. I knew Howard as my first principle and a humorous visitor in our home. My parents Jerry and Dorothy Spink were honored to be counted as one of his many friends for decades. We will miss him and cherish the memories.

May the peace of the Lord be with you.

Jayne Hoxie (Spink)

Jeff Welch

March 5, 2013

Linda and Mike: Our condolences and to recognize the end of an era on West Maple Street and Mason in general. Never forget all the good times we had in the Summertime on the back porch or in the back yard. Howard impacted so many lives by his work in the schools. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Jeff Welch and family

Don and Nancy Stull and Frank and Tammy March

March 5, 2013

Howard was a wonderful person. We have another guardian angel in Heaven loooking over us.Our thoughts and prayers for the family to gain strength during this difficult time.

March 4, 2013

Linda, Michael and Sally and all the Oesterle Family;
My kids and I are thinking of you I wish I was closer so could do something and help. My thoughts and prayer are with you. I will be at the Services etc in thoughts and Spirit. He was my "Favorite Uncle. I will miss him so much. I will always have such great memories of my trips back and forth to Michigan and all my "5th grade geogrophy lessons. Even all the times he told me you drive and I'll look on all our may excursions. I love you all.
Annette and Family.

Gloria Szichak allen

March 4, 2013

Sorry for your loss. What a very kind man whom I had many a long chats with. May you look back and enjoy the great times.

March 4, 2013

Janice and I send our prayers and thoughts to Linda and Mike and your family at this time. Howard truly was my favorite uncle! What a kind, thoughtful, and insightful man. We will miss him, but know he is enjoying the reunion with Melva and other family members.

My love to you,
David Larsen