H. Oslin webphotoHoward Oslin, of Quamba, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015.  He was 89 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Quamba Baptist Church with Rev. Ivan Fiske  and Rev. Kim Swenson officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 9:00-11:00 am on Saturday at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred

Howard Burton Oslin, of Quamba, Minnesota, passed away on November 22, 2015 in rural Quamba at the age of 89 years old.

He was born April 20, 1926 at his home in Whited Township to Emil & Lillian (Mohrenweiser) Oslin.  Howard, his 2 sisters and twin brother, grew up in Quamba where he attended elementary school and from an early age worked at Rudd Lumber Co., owned by his father.  Howard exemplified the value of working hard, logging, hauling wood, and unloading carloads of cement, coal, and lumber all by hand; but finding time to hunt & fish, bountifully providing food for his family.  Howard loved baseball, playing first base, and was known as a home-run hitter.  He graduated from Mora High School and regretted having no car to make the trip to St. Cloud to play ball for a MN farm team.  He entered the Navy during World War II and served in CA as a riflery instructor. Returning home, he married Anita Egge, his high school sweetheart on Sept. 10, 1949.  Following a honeymoon at deer camp in Remer, MN, they made their home in Quamba and Howard managed Oslin Lumber with his father and brother, Harold, until his retirement. 

His hobbies were baseball, hunting, fishing, enjoying the out of doors on foot or snowmobile, and in his later years he began harness racing, maintaining a racetrack in his hayfield. He loved his family, enjoying times on the farm with his grandchildren and 4 grandsons. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Fern Hintz, and wife Anita Oslin. 

He is survived by his 2 daughters, Vicki (Kim) Swenson of Wausau, WI, Patti (David) Berger of Elk River, MN; grandchildren Lani (Jeff) Clark of Madison, WI, Janel Swenson of Kathmandu, Nepal, and Cory (Elizabeth) Swenson of Shoreview, MN; 4 great- grandsons, Owen, Judah, Benjamin, Tobin Clark; brother Harold (Joan) Oslin, sister JoAnne (Robert) Price and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.   He will be dearly missed.

14 thoughts on “HOWARD OSLIN”

  1. So sorry for your loss Patty and Vicki. Howard was a special person and neighbor and he will be missed by many. We will never forget all the hours we spent harvesting his hay and corn crops as he would sit on his 4wheeler and watch. Prayers sent to your family!

  2. We are so sorry to hear about Howard. We are so grateful that we were able to see him at the 50th anniversary party. He was a wonderful man with great energy and enthusiasm for life. I’m sure the reunion with Anita is a glorious event. Love and prayers to all of you.

  3. Howard was one of my favorite customers at Town & Country Oil! He would get a ride into town to pay his fuel oil bill and would come in the door and say “hey gorgeous”. He was a special man and always brightened my day when he came in. He missed his wife Anita and always talked so highly of her. He will be so happy to be reunited with her. There are those people that cross your path in life and leave their mark and Howard was one of those people.

  4. Patty and Vicki Sorry for your loss. Howard was a great neighbor and was so fun to talk to. He always said hi to me when I went into the lumber yard and we would chat for a while about the neighborhood and deer hunting or what ever. He will be missed by a lot of people. Mike

  5. We are very sorry for the passing of Howard. He was an extraordinary man who lived and extraordinary life. He will be sorely missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  6. Vicki,Patty and family So Sorry for your loss. Howard was such a huge influence in my life. He was such a generous person. When we were younger he used to go out of his way to pick my brother Rick and I up to go up hunting in Remer no questions asked, If we wanted to go He was going to make sure we were able to get there. I was privileged to spend roughly 35 deer hunting seasons up in Remer with Howard. I have so many great stories and fond memories of the time we had together up in Remer. He absolutely Loved it up there!!
    We had many priceless conversations and Howard was never bashful about sharing advice on many different subjects. I learned so many things from him and I am grateful for the time I had with him.
    Also I want to tell you that he was the best lifelong friend to my father Virgil and my uncle Gordy. They absolutely loved Howard and always held him in such high regard. If Howard was your friend you could count on him to be there for you no matter what life threw at you. Howard was a special person and I will miss him, but he will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you all!! Randy

  7. Our sympathy to Howards family, We always enjoyed visiting with him, especially Hilderd and Jay liked talking coon hunting, and coon dogs with him. My dad Geo. Hancock always respected Howard and Harold highly. Howard will be missed by so many. Keeping your family in our prayers The Pierson family.

  8. Patti, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Having lost mine just a year ago, I understand your sorrow. I am thinking about you and your family as you celebrate his life in the coming days. From the messages here, he seems to have been a very caring man. A fine life example he set for you and the rest of your family and friends. Jody

  9. I offer my condolences to the Oslin family on our loss of Howard. Howard was a good friend with a great sense of humor. He was also a great baseball player and fan. I am honored to have known Howard.
    George V

  10. Condolences to the entire Oslin Family
    All you needed was to shake this mans hand and you new he was special
    we loved his stories at the Lumberyard and admired his work ethic and dedication.Couple things we went away
    with were his love of his Family and Helping his customers. Hassers

  11. Howard and my dad, Pap, were the best of friends. They grew up together in Quamba and saw each other almost every day. Howard would stop by the Quamba Auto as he was on his way home to visit his hunting and fishing buddy. When his friend died in 1964, it broke Howard’s heart. Howard has seen so many of his good friends go before him- ball playing team mates, lumber yard employees and customers, hunting and fishing friends, Virgil, Gordy, Milton and Pap. My mom and aunt Janice went to the yard often to visit with Howard and Harold about the good old days. Howard will be missed.

  12. My sympathy to Howard’s family. Remer Deer Camp is a very special place where I was fortunate to spend a few days a year with Howard. Howard touched many, many hearts at deer camp alone. I can only imagine just how many he touched in his lifetime. Thanks for the memories. Jay

  13. Patti Jo, So sorry for your loss. It sounds like your dad was a wonderful man, admired by many. It’s so hard to lose someone you love so much. Fortunately you have family and friends to help you celebrate his life and memory of him. God bless you and be with you in your time of sorrow. Sandy O.

  14. The Oslin Family. We are very sorry for your loss. Howard was a great man and always enjoyable to talk to. Howard and Harold always greeted everyone with a smile and made you feel welcome at Oslin Lumber. Howard will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Tom & Angie Foster. Pine City

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