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In Memory Of Our
Deceased Members
William Oster
Full Name
William Oster
Date of Death
9 / 2 / 2020
Veteran of...
  • Vietnam War
William "Bill" Russell Oster, Jr., 84, of Ames, Iowa, passed away on September 2, 2020, with his family by his side. A private graveside service will be held at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa. Bill was born on November 30, 1935, in Quincy, Massachusetts, to William and Priscilla (MacLean) Oster. He honorably served his country by enlisting in the United States Army, where he spent 23 years. He attained the rank of E-8 Master Sergeant. After being honorably discharged in 1976, Bill went into construction as a framer and carpenter in Colorado Springs. He was a graduate of Pikes Peak Community College, earning two associate's degree - one in Automotive and one in Welding. Bill married Sally Shearer Bice on November 7, 1989, in Colorado Springs. Soon thereafter, they built a home in the mountains of southern Colorado and they moved to Jasper, a former gold mining town, where Bill served as caretaker. Their zest for adventure next took them to Maine, where they enjoyed chasing down Bill's East Coast genealogy. They have lived in Ames for the past 12 years, to be closer to family. Bill especially enjoyed traveling on genealogy trips, and visiting family in Colorado. He and Sally found joy in spending time with their children and grandchildren. Left to cherish Bill's memory are his wife of 30 years, Sally, and his children from his first wife, Effie Samora, William Russell Oster III and Juanita (Richard) Frizzell, all of Colorado Springs. Bill's step-children include Jennifer Skiff of Manitou Springs, CO, Molly (Richard) Pierce of West Des Moines, and Andy (Melissa) Schnurr of Ankeny. Grandchildren include Shane Oster, Cody Oster, and Tyler Oster, all of Colorado Springs; Dylan Frizzell and Dalton Frizzell, also of Colorado Springs; step-grandchildren include Sophie and Emerson Pierce of West Des Moines, and Ainsley and Cora Schnurr of Ankeny. Great-grandchildren include Quentin and Harrison Frizzell, and Thea Oster, all of Colorado Springs. Bill has one remaining brother, Peter Dors, of East Providence, Rhode Island. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, William and Priscilla; by one brother, John Oster, and two sisters, Virginia Clark and Karen Paulk.