Dr. John "Jack" Oehler, 64, of Brazil died unexpectedly January 5, 2006 at 7:10pm at his residence.
He was born October 2, 1941 in Wabash, Indiana. He was the son of Robert F. Oehler and Patricia Johnson Oehler. He graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1959. He furthered his education with his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, and then he received his Doctorate in the School of Dentistry.
He began his dental practice in Brazil in 1966 and enjoyed serving the families of Clay County for many years. He closed his practice in 1998 and made an effort to retire. He quickly found that retirement wasn't for him.
He obtained his realtor and brokers license and was a founder of Town and Country Realty. He later served as a dentist for the Rockville Correctional Facility.
Jack was a member of the American Legion Post #2; Brazil Elks Lodge #762, past Exalted Ruler 1992-1993 and held other offices within BPOE.
He had many interests, among those being; fishing, photography and reading. He also was an avid golfer and enjoyed travel immensely. His fondest moments have been spent during family gatherings and with his friends known fondly as the "Basement Bums."
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Nelson Oehler, of Brazil; his children, Holly Emory and husband, Paul, of Hillsdale, Fritz Oehler and wife, Michelle, of Brazil, and Anne Jones and husband, Dion, of Brownsburg and Scott Kirchner and wife, Tricia, of Tampa; 7 grandchildren, Jack Oehler, Olivia Oehler, Kelsey Oehler, Cullen Jones, Liam Jones, Anthony Kirchner, and Connor Kirchner; step-mother Joyce Oehler and mother-in-law, Lucille Nelson all of Brazil; brother Dr. Curt Oehler and wife, Marilyn, of Terre Haute; several nieces, nephews and the extended family of Paula Eaton, Robert Eaton, John Dugan and Tim Dugan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert F. Oehler and Patricia Oehler Tolbert; his first wife, Jana Eaton Oehler, and father-in-law, Lloyd "Whimpy" Nelson.
Services will be held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5-8 p.m. and again Tuesday one hour prior to services. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Clay County Humane Shelter. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.