Marion F. Oswald, the son of James Kenneth and Jean Frances (Weedin) Oswald, was born February 18, 1956, and raised in Fairfax, Missouri. He attended Fairfax High School, graduating in 1974. While in high school, Marion purchased an International 1066 tractor and plowed as a custom field worker. He also went to a state championship football game during his junior year and was named All-State both his junior and senior years.
On January 25, 1975, Marion was united in marriage to Tonya M. Shineman at Fairfax United Methodist Church. They made their home in Fairfax and became the parents of Misty, Nathan, Marshal, Adam, Amber, Michael, and Dru.
Marion was a farmer and also operated a Pioneer Seed dealership with his brother, Richard. He enjoyed flying his Cub airplane, giving rides and dropping snacks from the air, as well as hunting and fishing. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and taking family vacations. Marion was a servant at heart and loved his Fairfax community. He regularly volunteered for many civic activities to benefit Fairfax and the surrounding areas.
Marion was a member of Fairfax Optimist Club, Wingnuts Experimental Aircraft Association, Tarkio, Missouri, Chapter, and helped with Fairfax Wolverine 4-H Club. He was a member and served on the church board of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Tarkio, and was a former board member of Fairfax R-3 Schools. Marion passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 65.
Besides his parents, Marion was preceded in death by twin infant children, Misty and Nathan, and sister, Rita Sonntag. Survivors include wife, Tonya Oswald, Fairfax; children, Marshal (Michelle) Oswald, Fairfax, Adam (Tessa) Oswald, Monroe City, Missouri, Amber Sanchez, Platte City, Missouri, Michael (Amanda) Oswald, Fairfax, and Dru Oswald, Fairfax; grandchildren, Dakota, Aidan, Addison, Gracelyn, Knox, Mackenzie, Delaney, Kayley, Ava, William, Claire, and Caroline (coming soon); brother, Richard (Mary Ellen) Oswald, Fairfax; brother-in-law, Marvin Sonntag; and nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville, Missouri, conducted by Father Peter Ullrich O.S.B. Interment was at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Fairfax. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Tarkio, Missouri, or City of Fairfax Park Fund, Fairfax. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.