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Obituary for Robert Allan Oester

Robert Allan Oester, 86, of Keyser's Ridge, MD, died Friday, September 10, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.

Born July 22, 1935, in Confluence, PA, he was the son of the late Adam Julius and Edna Hazel (Miller) Oester. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Aquilla Mae (Richter) Oester, November 5, 2012. At the time of her death, they had been married 55 years. He was also preceded in death by one brother, William Calvin Oester and one sister, Marjorie M. (Oester) Kretlow.

Robert was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS, Fairhope, PA. Mr. Oester, along with his brother, William, was co-owner/operator of Oester Brothers Agway, until William's retirement in February, 1987. He and his wife, Aquilla, continued to operate the farm supply store under the name of Grantsville Feed and Supply until his retirement in 2001.

He served in the Maryland National Guard from 1956-1964, and was a member of the first graduating class of Northern Garrett High School in 1953.

Robert was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed working on the family farm and talking to friends and family.

Surviving are two sons, Rev. David A. Oester, Oil City, PA, Gary E. Oester and wife, Belinda (Gribble), Grantsville; two daughters, Barbara J. (Oester) Diehl and husband, Michael, Addison, PA, Linda K. (Oester) Palmer and husband, Robert, Fredericksburg, VA; five grandchildren, Brittany N. Diehl, Jordan K. (Diehl) Misey and husband, Kristopher, Adam M. Diehl, Jonathan and Katrina Oester; and one sister, Carol E. Miller, Cumberland, MD.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 179 Miller St., Grantsville, on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 4-8 pm. A Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 11:00 am, with the Rev. James A. Oester (his nephew), officiating. Interment will be St. John's Lutheran Cemetery (ELCA), Accident.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN, 46824, or WVU Medicine Hospice, 2673 Davisson Run Rd, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

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