Mark Otho Oster


Mark Otho Oster passed away peacefully at age 82.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Kurt Oster; and his first wife, Nancy Claypool. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Brehm) Oster; four sons, Mark, Otho Jr., Karl Eugene, Bruce Robert and Kurt Joseph; one sister, Wilhelmina (Billie) Young; one granddaughter, Courtney Athena; and one great-grandson, Aris.
He was a graduate of Purdue University (BA), Texas A&M (MS), University of Illinois (Ph.D.) and UCLA (post-doctoral student). He taught all his professional life at Indiana State University (life sciences) until his retirement. He was also the owner of Oster Rental Housing Co. He was an avid bridge player. He was a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Terre Haute. He was a member of Kiwanis. He was avid Scouter and served as scout master for Troop 30 for many years, then on several committees. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family in the Colorado mountains.
The family requests donations be made to Crossroads of America Council Boy Scouts of America or the charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., with visitation at noon. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Doddie Stone at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 1875 South Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute.
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Wade S Turner
Aug 05, 2019
I remember Dr. Oster as a student in the Life Sciences Dept at Indiana State. I benefited from his counsel. He was a respected faculty member. My prayers and condolences to his family.
Max E. Douglas
Aug 02, 2019
Sylvia--very sorry to hear of Mark's death. I have shared this with Will. We have many good memories of our time with scouting. We will be praying for you, Kurt and all your family during this difficult time.
Tina Smith
Aug 01, 2019
Sorry about your loss. Prayer for the family... Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers
Courtney Athena Oster
Aug 01, 2019
I love my Papa as much as he loved cream horns. Couldnt have had a better grandpa. He was like my super hero in suspenders. So many deep belly laughs. He taught me so much about life. Im so thankful for the times we had.Aris and I will miss you so much.
Kathy Burga
Aug 01, 2019

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray you feel comforted by God's love and have a peace that surpasses all understanding at this difficult time.
Aug 01, 2019
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Leslie Barratt
Jul 31, 2019
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John Lunsford
Jul 31, 2019
He always reminded me of my own father and will be missed