Samuel W. Oxley, 82, Jasper

Sam OxleySamuel W. Oxley, 82, of Jasper, Indiana, died Thursday (October 8) at his home. He was born in Birdseye November 27, 1932, to Thomas and Lena (Holzbog) Oxley. He married Joan Gerlach June 6, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Sam was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the NMCB1 Construction Battalion in Greenland, North Africa, and Cuba. Sam retired as the owner of Sam Oxley and Company. Out of high school he worked for Olinger Construction Company, Mulzer Crushed Stone, Ralph Rogers Company, Hunt Paving Company, and McMahon O’Conner Company. After retirement he raised cattle. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, VFW Post No. 673, St. Anthony American Legion Post No. 493, and the Jasper Knights of Columbus. He served on the board of BIC (Build Indiana Council), the Region 15 Economic Development Council, and was a supervisor of the local USDA Soil and Water Conservation Council. He enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts, and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Oxley; one daughter, Chelle Cherry and husband Mike, Huntingburg; one son, Harold Oxley and wife Grace, Loogootee; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, May Atkins and Ruth Lohn, both of Birdseye; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Everett, Thurman, and Robert Oxley; and two sisters, Hazel Leonard and infant Frieda Inez Oxley.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church in Jasper with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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