Gayle F. Oestreich, age 85, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson, with interment at a later date in Calvary Cemetery in Litchfield, Minnesota.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson and will continue one hour prior at the church.
Gayle Francis Oestreich was born on May 9, 1937, in Grove City, Minnesota. He was the son of Walter and Alice (McNellis) Oestreich. Gayle was baptized as an infant on May 23, 1937 and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on June 29, 1949, both at St. Philips Catholic Church in Litchfield, Minnesota. He received his education in Grove City, Minnesota, and was a graduate of the Grove City High School Class of 1955.
On October 25, 1958, Gayle was united in marriage to Arlene Bryant at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Kandiyohi, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with five children. Gayle and Arlene resided in Hutchinson, Minnesota. They shared 56 years of marriage until Arlene passed away on July 25, 2015.
Gayle was employed at 3M in Hutchinson for 30 years before retiring in 1997. Gayle was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson.
Gayle enjoyed wood crafts, fishing, and was an avid sports fan. He looked forward to attending all Hutch Tigers sporting events and Gopher basketball games. Gayle especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Gayle passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, at the age of 85 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Gayle is survived by his:
Children, Julie Lofdahl and her husband, John of Hutchinson, MN,
Vicki Jackson of Litchfield, MN,
Sue Johnson and her husband, Bill of Hutchinson, MN,
Timothy Oestreich and his wife, Kathy of Hutchinson, MN;
Grandchildren, Eric Lofdahl, Weston Lofdahl and his wife, Niki, Jenna Kirk and her husband, Brian, Dylan Jackson and his girlfriend, Maria, Lindy Burri and her husband, Drake, Kayla Zuidema and her husband, Luke, Thomas Alexander and his fiancé, Fenella, Mitchell Alexander and his wife, Bailey, Briana Starrett and her husband, Klayton;
Great-grandchildren, Monte and Matilda “Tilly” Kirk;
Honorary Son, Tedd James;
Sister, Shirley Buck;
Brother-in-law, Lenny Bryant and his wife, Judy;
Sister-in-law, Donna Carver and her husband, Rich;
Sisters-in-law, Marie Anderson, Pam Briant;
Many other relatives and friends.
Gayle is preceded in death by his Parents, Walter and Alice Oestreich; Wife, Arlene Oestreich; Daughter in infancy; Son-in-law, Scott Jackson: Brother, Bill Oestreich and his wife Mary; Sister, Pat Reins and her husband, Ardell, Brother-in-law, Bernell Buck; Nephews, Todd Buck and Shawn Bryant; Father-in-law, Ammie Bryant; Mother-in-law, Myrtle Wheeler and her husband, Harold; Brother-in law, Bill Bryant and his wife, Barb; Brothers-in-law, Ed Briant, Harold Anderson; Sister-in-law, Elizabeth Gunter and her husband, Glen.
Tim and Debbie Erickson says
Debbie and I send our condolences. God has chosen to bring Gayle home to have everlasting peace. It’s difficult no matter the circumstances and we pray that God will wrap his arms around you. To give you comfort during this difficult time. Our hearts are with you.
Julie and Doug Fett says
Sending all of you our heartfelt condolences. We will miss seeing Gayle at Harmony. He and Arlene will be together again.
Renee Bryan says
My sympathy to all family members of Gayle. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Mel Schwartz says
My sympathy to all Gayle’s family members.Gayle was one of a kind and will be missed.
Patricia Jutting says
My deepest condolences to the entire Oestreich family…Gayle was a very good friend of my Dad (Donald Rath). Oh the fishing stories I have heard over the years, they sured enjoyed their fishing times. Now they are fishing together again.