John H. Oeser

December 11, 1951November 2, 2013
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John H. Oeser, 61, of Island Heights, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lakewood, he lived in Toms River before moving to Island Heights in 1985. He worked for Fedway Gateway-Perrone Distribution Company in Mt. Laurel as a sales representative for the past 24 years. For over 40 years John “Johnny O” enjoyed performing music from high school dances to show bands, from Miami Beach’s famous Fontainebleau Hotel to the stage at the Stone Pony, and he loved being a band member of Timepiece and Boccigalupe and The Bad Boys and others throughout his musical career. He also enjoyed riding his Harley with his friends. John was an amazing husband, father, brother, grandfather, coach and friend who was loved by many. He was a source of inspiration and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He was predeceased by his parents John and Sarah Oeser. Surviving are his devoted wife of 29 years Janice (Van Nortwick) Oeser; his loving daughters Erin McGowan and her husband Richard of Toms River and Caitlin Oeser and her longtime boyfriend Jamie Tierney of Island Heights; and two beloved sisters Jeannie Oeser-Williams and her husband Henry of GA and Jami Nikles and her fiancé Dana Eubank of VA. “Spike” will be missed by his cherished grandsons Richard and Rylie. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, New York, NY 10087-7106 or at in John’s memory. Cremation will be private. Condolences may be made by visiting



  • VISITATION Wednesday, November 6, 2013
  • VISITATION Wednesday, November 6, 2013


  • Cremation will be private

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Tony Pallagrosi

November 28, 2014

It's been over a year since John passed. I didn't see him often throughout my post-musician years but there where times when, as musicians and friends, our lives intersected in very meaningful ways that fostered a very deep, particular kind of bond. When a person like that passes on, you become accustomed to them not being there but you always feel their absence.

Daniel Simmons

November 26, 2013

John was always the front man, never complained, never kvetched. I can't recall him ever saying a negative word. Would always keep the party going with his laugh. Will miss John.

November 22, 2013

John was more than a salesman to me. Through our conversations over the last 25 years he became a friend & mentored me in aspects of my business that was above & beyond . I will miss our chats. My condolences to his family. Steve Eisenberg Terrace Tavern LBI

November 18, 2013

Janice, Erin and Caitlin,
When John would testify (sing), all was right in our little world. I will forever remember his sense of humor and his generosity. John's devotion to his family has no peer. I have fond memories of many parties in "The Dome". God bless the Oeser family.
Beth Bingham

George Theiss

November 18, 2013

John was a good friend and bandmate, I'll miss him.
George Theiss

Dennis McGrath

November 9, 2013

I was in Portland OR about 2 months ago, and a familiar song came on on the Muzak of the brew pub I was at. I listened to the intro, and remembered John singing the song so well- The Allman Brothers- "Not my Cross to bear" The news of his death saddens me deeply, My sincere condolences to John's family- Dennis McGrath

Rob Brown

November 9, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Maureen Hawley

November 7, 2013

Erin and family, we are sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

stephen schraeger

November 6, 2013

RIP,John,my sympathy goes out to the Oeser family and friends.

James Amadruto

November 6, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with John his family and friends, even though I cannot attend tonight, i will be there in spirit. You were the true essence of "HEART and SOUL" You will forever live on in our hearts. RIP my friend.