Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church or Wesley Willows - Kirk's Place. Arrangements by Anderson-Long-Klontz Funeral Home & Cremation Services LTD.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
JACK R. OSWALD Obituary
JACK R. OSWALD, 92 ROCKFORD - Jack R. Oswald, 92 passed away Aug. 29, 2014, lovingly surrounded by his family. He was born in Rockford on Oct. 5, 1921, to Charles and Iva Oswald. Jack, as a member of the Greatest Generation was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific in WW2. He returned from the war and married Nellie Olson in 1945. He raised three children on the Rock River in "the house that Jack built". He is survived by Nellie; his children, Lynn (Cathy) Oswald, Gayle (Ellwyn) Englof, and Julie (Richard) Harvey; grandchildren, Jason (Missy) Oswald, David (Lindsey) Oswald, Ila (Marco Bernasconi) Englof, Carla Englof, Nicole Walton, and Dustin (Lauren) Fiepke; 6 great-grandchildren; and brother Gene (Mary) Oswald. At Grace Lutheran Church, Jack was a Scoutmaster of Troop 17, taught Sunday School, and was a member of church council. He worked at Alga Reece Sheet Metal for many years and in later years formed his own sheet metal business. Jack managed the local Sheet Metal Apprentice Program for 20 years and served as an instructor; served on the Harlem School Board for 12 years, president 2 years, and on the Regional Board of School Trustees. He loved to travel, to help people and to build things. Of all of his accomplishments, he was most proud of the fact that all of his children and grandchildren earned college degrees. Jack's life will be celebrated at Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, on Friday, Sept. 26. Visitation at 9 a.m. and service at 10 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Brent Dahlseng, and a lunch afterward.