Claude Raymond (Ray) Oslin Jr. was born on August 30, 1946, to parents Claude R. and Agnes (Tiemeyer) Oslin in Hamburg, IA. Ray passed away at the age of 70 on January 18, 2017, in Los Algodones, Mexico. Growing up in Rock Port, MO, he later moved to Braddyville, IA, in 1959 and graduated from South Page High School in 1964. He married Peggy Lea Rosenbohm in Rock Port, MO, on June 24, 1967. They raised their kids in Hancock, IA, before moving to Shenandoah.
While still in high school, Ray joined the Iowa National Guard and served for six years. No stranger to hard work, Ray was briefly employed by Peter Kiewit Construction before working at Missouri Beef Packers in Rock Port, MO, and then American Beef Packers in Oakland, IA, for seventeen years. For the ten years that followed, he owned and operated an apple orchard and drove a school bus. He then went to work for Pella Windows in Shenandoah, IA and retired in 2009.
Throughout life, Ray was quite the outdoorsman. He was always hunting or fishing. Ray went on numerous fishing adventures with his fishing buddies. He and Dan had just as much fun planning their trips as they did taking them. If you went away hungry from one of Ray Baby’s fish frys, it was your own fault.
After retirement, Ray still went to “work” most every day at Derry’s farm in Iowa. For the last three years they vowed to quit gardening until the seed catalogs arrived and they’d start planning their garden. He enjoyed giving his produce away as much as he did growing it. If he wasn’t fishing or working on the farm, he was riding his old Cub Cadet his brother-in-law, (Lawrence) “Weed,” kept running for over 30 years. No one could ever accuse Ray of letting the grass grow under his feet.
In the fall of 2012, Ray and Peggy started spending winters in Yuma, AZ. He enjoyed going out mining for gold and even had his own claim. Always looking for how to make things easier, Ray started many sentences with “If a guy could . . .” There weren’t too many problems he couldn’t solve with a little ingenuity and this and that from his garage.
Ray’s faith ran deep. 2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the work of truth; was the bible verse often heard in the house when the kids were growing up. Ray’s last words were, “I’ve read my bible 3 times.” If there is a “truth-dividing” test in heaven, Ray is going to ace it. We are pretty sure we’ll be able to hear his laugh all the way down here.
Preceding Ray in death were his parents and his brother Randy. He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Shenandoah; daughter, Michelle and husband Richard Griffen of Carson, IA, and their children, Nicholas Paulsen and Emily; Tyler Griffen and Michelle and their children Joey and Jaxon; Terin Griffen and his wife Lezli and their children Cohen and Ellynn; son, Daniel and wife Laura Oslin of Council Bluffs, IA, and their children Katlynn Oslin and Eric and their son Link; Boone, Sheyda, and Lorena Oslin, Josh, Taylor, and Jackson Rolles; sister, Cheri Smith and husband Roger; mother-in-law, Anna Rosenbohm of Rock Port, MO; and in-laws Lawrence and Marietta Wedel of Rock Port, MO; Jim and Rita Kestner of Springville, NY; William Rosenbohm of Milan, MO, and many more relatives, fishing buddies, and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nishna Valley Christian Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Jack Langley officiating. Interment was in the Linden Cemetery north of Rock Port, Missouri. Memorials are being directed to the Nishna Valley Christian Church, Bill Fair Evangelizing in Haiti, or to Nishna Productions. The Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation Service in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: swimemorial.com on the web.