Eric P. Oswald

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 1949
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Eric Philip “Rick” Oswald, 69, of Wooster died November 22, 2018 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare with his wife and children by his side.

He was born March 9, 1949 in Hartville, Ohio to Marvin and Edna Oswald.  He married Susan Hostetler July 29, 1983.  They celebrated 35 years of marriage this year.  Surviving in addition to his wife are his children Kirk of Painesville, Alec (Jessica) of Orrville and Sara (Ryan) Oberst of Wooster and his three grandchildren Carson and Austyn Oswald and Jason Oberst.  Also surviving are his mother Edna Oswald of Wooster, Brother Gregg (Susan) Oswald of Millersburg and many nieces and nephews.

Rick graduated from Dalton High School in 1967 and Ohio Northern University in 1972 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He was first employed by Wayne County as a bridge engineer, and in 1978 became the City of Wooster Engineer, retiring 2003.  After retirement, he was a driver for the Counseling Center and was the construction engineer for the Rails to Trails bike trail from Rittman to Creston. 

He was a member of Wooster United Methodist Church, most recently serving as a trustee, a member of the board for College Hills Retirement Village, and a former member of Wooster Kiwanis and Wooster Elks.

Rick loved playing softball.  He was a member of Wooster McDonald’s and Real Estate Showcase teams qualifying for regional and national tournaments.

Rick was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with Rev. Jim Cooper officiating.  Private family burial will be held in Wooster Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home from 1:00 PM until the time of the service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be directed to Rails to Trails of Wayne County, P. O. Box 1566, Wooster, OH 44691 or to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Rails to Trails of Wayne Co., PO Box 1566, Wooster, OH 44691 or to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 1-3:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Memorial service on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home


May you finally be free of pain and eternally Rest In Peace...our thoughts and prayers are with your wife and your family as they deal with your loss at this time....

My deepest sympathy to the whole family. Rick was a wonderful person. The suffering is over for him. Remember all the good about him while he was on this earth.

Rest in Peace Mr. will be missed

My deepest condolences go out to Sue and the family on the occasion of Rick’s death. He was a gentle man, immensely wise and gifted in his chosen field. His service to church and community was appreciated by so many, including me. May God hold you all, even as Rick is held, firmly and gently in the Divine Arms.

You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. Wishing you and your family strength and peace.

So very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

I am so glad I got to see Rick at our 50th high school class reunion last year. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Our deepest sympathies to your family for your loss. You are in our prayers.

Our sympathies—hugs and prayers for the family.

So very sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Rick was my friend and fraternity brother all through college at ONU. We send our heart-felt prayers to all of Rick's family members. Peace be with you.

We were so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Rick was a fraternity brother through college at ONU. Our condolences to Sue and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

So incredibly sad to hear the news. One of the kindest people I have known. Although I haven't seen him or the family for some time, they hold a very special place in my heart! I have fond memories of growing up next door to the Oswalds. I am so sorry for your loss! Hugs from Omaha!

Aunt Sue, Kirk, Alec, and Sara, I am keeping you guys in my thoughts. I always enjoyed speaking to Uncle Rick at the family gatherings. He was also a great listener. Stay strong.

Susan and family, please accept my sincere sympathies in the loss of your husband and father. Keeping your family in my prayers.

Dearest Alec, Jessica and family,

Rick certainly put up the good fight. How reassuring it is for you to know that he is now with his Savior and has no more pain. Know that I am praying for you and would be there for you today if I didn't have a doctor's appointment. May God's peace and comfort fill your hearts at this difficult time. Love you. Susan

Kirk, Alec and Sara, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember his kind and gentle demeanor as we spoke about you kids at parent-teacher conferences so long ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and your family at this difficult time. May he Rest in Peace!

Sue and Family,

All of you have shown boundless love to a great man. Rick's community service to the City of Wooster was stellar and compassionate. May you find peace in the King of Peace. I wish I could have made it to the Memorial Service.


Officer Linz

Sue and very sorry to hear the news of Rick's passing. Finally no more pain for him. Hope these words bring you comfort: "Grief never ends, but changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith..It is the price of love."
Rick was loved by many and will be missed. Prayers to you to help get through these difficult times. Hugs..Donna

Our condolences to the Oswald family . We knew the Oswald family from shortly after we came to town in 1962 and appreciated serving them as their family dentist until I turned the practice over to Dr. Cochran in 2006. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers.

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