TRAVERSE CITY [mdash] Dr. Richard C. Oster was born Jan. 20, 1922 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died peacefully on Aug. 19, 2019.
He grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he attended St. John Lutheran School and Warren Easton High School. He attended Valparaiso University and graduated from Loyola School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific and with the occupation forces in Japan.
He resided with his family in New Orleans, Louisiana, before moving to Mandeville, Louisiana, in 1980, then to Florida in 1995 and eventually Traverse City.
Dr. Oster practiced as a dental surgeon in New Orleans, Louisiana, for 46 years. He taught at Loyola Dental Hygiene School and LSU Dental School and was fortunate to serve as the dentist for the New Orleans Saints NFL team for 18 years.
He was a member of the Valparaiso University Board of Trustees for 31 years and received the Outstanding Alumnus award in 1970. He was an active volunteer his entire life with the Lutheran Church and various charities providing dental care. He was president of Toastmaster club #234.
He was an avid golfer and was proud of winning the 1962 New Orleans Open Pro-Am with Gary Player. His hobby was making many beautiful stained-glass windows, including a 12-foot Hosanna rose window for Hosanna Lutheran Church in Covington, Louisiana.
In Florida he was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church and remained active on many boards and committees until moving to Michigan to be closer to family in 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Oster and Alvina (Waldmann) Oster; former wife, Lois Oster; wife, Patricia; and brothers, Fred, Robert and Donald.
He is survived by daughters, Jean Kretzmann (Walter), of Arcadia, and Barbara Oster, of Traverse City; sister-in-law, Betty Oster, of Covington Louisiana; three granddaughters, Katie (Rob) Melin, of Raleigh, North Carolina, Anne (Will) Igoe, of Chicago, Illinois, and Rachel (Sam) Catanese, of Arcadia; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.
A funeral will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Traverse City. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Trinity Lutheran Church, 17330 S. Highway 441, Summerfield, FL 34491; Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1050 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City, MI 48686; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383; or charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by Jowett Funeral Home in Benzonia.

View Original NoticeOSTER, Dr. Richard Jan 20, 1922 - Aug 19, 2019