Bruce Dean Oswalt

Born: Tue., Oct. 15, 1935
Died: Sat., Apr. 11, 2020

Family to do services at later date

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Bruce Dean Oswalt, 84, passed away at home on Saturday, April 11, 2020. He was born on October 15, 1935 to Roland and Marguerite (Bright) Oswalt in Wabash, Indiana.

After graduating as salutatorian of his high school class, Bruce attended Purdue University where he was in the Navy ROTC. He graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Science and Agriculture and then served as an officer, LTJG, aboard the U.S.S. Stone County LST-1141 throughout the Pacific, including ports in Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.  After completing his military service, Bruce taught high school science and agriculture.

Bruce married Rita-Heidi Beck on May 21, 1961. Soon after their marriage, he was awarded a National Defense Education Act Fellowship that enabled him to earn a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Purdue. He went on to earn his Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision.

He was selected for the position of Supervising Counselor for the U.S. Department of Defense Overseas School Systems in Nuremberg, Karlsruhe and Bitburg, Germany.  After ten years, he returned to the United States and worked for Marion High School.  In 1976 he became Director of Guidance and Counseling at Winchester Community High School where he worked for 21 years. He served on many educational committees throughout the state, Our Saviour Lutheran Church council, and was a member of Winchester Kiwanis.

He was a wonderful, caring father and grandfather; a loving, devoted husband; a man of faith, strength and great character. He found ways to bring a smile and a laugh to those he met, was genuinely invested in the students he helped, and gave all of himself to those he loved.

He will be missed by all who knew him, especially his wife of almost 59 years, his children Krystal & Paul Ferguson, Karine Oswalt, Brian Oswalt, and Kirstin Wallace; his grandchildren Heidi Ferguson, David Oswalt, Anna Wallace, Amelia Oswalt and John "Jack" Wallace; his brother Alan Oswalt, sister Janice Rose, his nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the restrictions currently in place, a celebration of his life will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bruce Dean Oswalt Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Randolph County, 120 West Washington Street, Winchester, Indiana 47394.

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Linda Brown (Baldridge)
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
My prayers go out to your family. Mr. Oswalt helped get 8 Baldridge children through WCHS successfully!! As a school counselor myself now, I realize the true value of his work. Thank you!!!

Christa Roggie
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Much love to you all as you mourn the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. Praying for you all during this time -may our Heavenly Father hold you close and fill you with peace. Love Wade & Christa Roggie

Tonja Bond Caudill
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
My condolences to you and your family. I will always remember Mr. Oswalt, he was a pillar at WCHS. May your wings stretch far and wide Mr. Oswalt, you will be missed.

Brent Watkins
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
A great example of a great man whose generosity of spirit, wit and wisdom left a lasting impression on me and hundreds of students who passed through the halls of WCHS. My thoughts are with his family and wish for them peace and comfort in this trying time.

Angie Oswalt
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
Dean was the kindest and most gentle soul I've ever known. I will miss him terribly. I'm sending all my love and prayers to the entire Oswalt Family. May God wrap his loving arms around you all and bring you peace.

Brian and Stacy Peters
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Oswalt's passing. Our prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. He is in a better place now - praise God! And, praise God that his life's work has made this world a better place for all of us and the generations to come.

John Hammer
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
My deepest sympathy and prayers goes out to the family of Mr.Oswalt. He was such a great individual and someone who really cared about the students of WCHS. I was lucky to have know such an honorable man!

Carol Rhoades
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
This saddens me. I knew Mr. Oswalt, first from my children passing through the Winchester school system, and then as a next door neighbor to him for 13+ years. He has been missed since my move last November, I have thought of him often. I am deeply sad for the family. It is never easy to lose those we hold so dear, even more so in these unusual times. May God hold you near, and may you find comfort in His closeness. You all are truly good people and you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come. God Bless!!


Janet and Max Denney
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
We give our condolences to his family.
Max and Bruce went to school for many years and graduated from High School together.
We always enjoyed Heidi and Bruce at our class reunions over the years. Our sympathies to Heidi and family.

Ron Anderson SC
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of Bruce passing.
What a good man. Had many good conversations throughout our years at WCHS.
I respect him as much as anyone I know.
God Bless Mr. Oswalt. We will all miss him.
Take care.

Chris Watkins
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
Sending your family my sympathy and love as you celebrate the life of Bruce. He is a man who lived a good life well, with a wonderful family to continue his legacy. There is never enough time. I pray for peace for all of you. In loving friendship, Chris Watkins

stanley hendrickson
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
I am so lucky to have had Bruce as a friend. Our prayers go out to Rita and all his wonderful family. Our community and school are a better place for all he did for us. Love Stan and Gretchen

Ben and Amy Hendrickson
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
Just a note to tell Anna that we (Hide and Seek Club Staff) are thinking and praying for you with the loss of your grandpa.

Bonie Coffman
   Posted Sat April 25, 2020
Our prayers go out to your family. Mr. Oswalt was a very caring person. In his position as guidance counselor, he helped many young people. Gratefully, The Coffman family Bonnie, Marita, Vincent, and Alisha