Douglas Oestreich, 81

Douglas (Doug) Marvin Oestreich, 81, of Silver Lake, MN, passed away at his home Monday, March 20, 2023.

He was born Jan. 18, 1942, in Howard Lake, MN, to Marvin and Marie (Strauss) Oestreich.

He was baptized Feb. 1, 1942, and later confirmed March 25, 1956 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

He attended elementary school at St. James Lutheran School. He attended high school in Howard Lake, and graduated in 1960.

He was called to active duty in 1961 in the Army Reserves armored division/tank commander, and was honorably discharged in 1966.

He was joined in holy marriage to Jeannie Telecky March 11, 1967, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, MN. Together, they raised three children: Karla, Craig, and Kevin.

Doug was an expert well driller, and had worked for Mattson Well Company in Howard Lake for 43 years when he retired in January of 2005.

He took pride in driving through the countryside in one of his many jeeps that he owned and loved throughout the years. These drives consisted of telling stories of the wells he drilled, down to the depth and ground conditions of each one.

When Doug wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He instilled his love for camping, fishing, and hunting with his children, and later with his grandchildren. He was lucky enough to have all his grandsons attend a deer hunting trip to the “pit.”

Many annual trips were made to Bemidji, where he and Jeannie enjoyed fishing for monster sunfish with their grandchildren and children.

Special trips with Jeannie included fishing on the Gulf of Mexico with his sister, Cynthia, and her husband, Dennis. Doug and Jeannie spent their 25th and 40th anniversaries in Las Vegas, NV.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Marie; brother, Harvey Oestreich; parents-in-law, Elmer and Agnes Telecky; brothers-in-law, Dennis Bergquist and Elmer Telecky Junior; sister-in-law, Mary Merrick; nephew, William Merrick; and godchild, Steven Bergquist.

Douglas is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jeannie; and children, Karla (Randy) Marschel of Howard Lake, Craig of Hutchinson, MN, and Kevin (Holly) of Hutchinson.

He is further survived by eight grandchildren: Nathan, Kaitlyn, and Madison Marschel, Kyle and Alex Oestreich, Magdalena (Josiah) Aldrich, and Matthew and Bethany Oestreich; sister, Cynthia Bergquist of Maple Plain, MN; brother, Lyle (Karen) Oestreich of Howard Lake; sister-in-laws, Ruth Oestreich of Buffalo, MN, and Ida (Gerald) Karstens of Hutchinson; and nieces and nephews, Dawn (Eugenios) Christodoulou of Loretto, MN, Mark (Kimm) Karstens of Hopkins, MN, Joanne (Robb) Jarvis of Colorado, Philip (Susan) Oestreich of Rogers, MN, David (Ruth) Oestreich of Howard Lake, Michelle Merrick of Duluth, MN, and Lori Parker of Austin, TX.

A memorial service for Douglas Oestreich will take place Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake. Reverend Dr. Tom Rakow will officiate.

A visitation will take place at the church Saturday, March 25, two hours prior to the memorial service.

Interment will take place at a later date at Bohemian National Cemetery.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com

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