Tommy Oster, age 81, of Bottineau, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at a Bottineau hospital. His funeral will be held on Monday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Kramer. Visitation will be on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., with a prayer service Sunday at 5 p.m., both at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Burial will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Kramer.
Tommy G. Oster, a son of Frank and Alice (Childs) Oster, was born on Nov. 4, 1930, at Minot. He was reared on farm that was located between Granville and Deering. He attended country school there.
On Oct. 20, 1955, he married Marlene Beecher at Eckman, N.D. Tommy entered the U.S. Army on July 26, 1956, and served until receiving his honorable discharge on July 18, 1958. Following his discharge, they made their home in Bottineau, where Tommy worked as a mechanic at Bottineau Motor Co. He later worked on the HG White farm. In 1969, they moved to Kramer and Tommy began working for the Kramer Elevator. In 1970 they purchased the Kramer Lounge and ran it until selling it in 1974. They moved to Upham in 1977. He retired from the Kramer Elevator in 1990 and in 2003 they moved to Bottineau.
He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Kramer. He was also a member of the Upham American Legion.
He is survived by: his wife, Marlene, of Bottineau; children, Mike (Sheryl) Oster, of Garrison, Jeff (Peg) Oster, of Bismarck, Steve Oster, of Fargo, and Darci (Kenny) Fix, of Bottineau; grandchildren, Seth and December Oster, J.J and Jordan Oster and Rachael and Megan Fix; sister, Betty Lundberg, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughters, Dorrie, in 1974, and Stacy, in 1980; brothers, Don, Melvin, David, Rex and Gene; and sisters, Erma Mcfarlane and Mildred Haugrose.
Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at (www.nerofuneralhome.net).
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group, St. Andrew's Health Center or an organization of the donor's choice.