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Douglas M. Oestreich

January 18, 1942 ~ March 20, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Douglas Oestreich Obituary


Douglas (Doug) Marvin Oestreich, age 81 of Silver Lake, Minnesota, passed away at his home on March 20, 2023.

He was born on January 18, 1942 in Howard Lake to Marvin and Marie (Strauss) Oestreich. He was baptized on February 1st, 1942, and later confirmed on March 25th, 1956 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.  He attended Elementary school at St. James Lutheran School.  He attended high school in Howard Lake and graduated in 1960.  He was called to active duty in 1961 in the Army Reserves Armored Division/Tank Commander and was Honorably discharged in 1966.

On March 11, 1967 he was joined in holy marriage to Jeannie Telecky  at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Benson, Minnesota.  Together they raised three children:  Karla, Craig and Kevin.

Doug was an expert well driller and worked for Mattson Well Company in Howard Lake for 43 years when he retired in January of 2005.  He took pride in driving through the countryside in one of his many jeeps he owned and loved throughout the years.   These drives consisted of telling stories of the wells he drilled, down to the depth and ground conditions of each one.

When Doug wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his family.  He instilled his love for camping, fishing and hunting with his children and later with his grandchildren.  He was lucky enough to have all his grandsons attend a deer hunting trip to the “pit”.  Many annual trips were made to Bemidji, where he and Jeannie enjoyed fishing for monster sunfish with their grandchildren and children. Special trips with Jeannie included fishing on the Gulf of Mexico with his sister Cynthia and Husband Dennis. Doug and Jeannie spent their 25th and 40th Anniversaries in Las Vegas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Marie; brother Harvey Oestreich; parents-in-law Elmer and Agnes Telecky; and brothers in law Dennis Bergquist and Elmer Telecky Junior.  Sister-in-law Mary Merrick, nephew William Merrick and godchild Steven Bergquist.

Douglas is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Jeannie; children Karla (Randy) Marschel of Howard Lake, Craig of Hutchinson, and Kevin (Holly) of Hutchinson he is further survived by eight grandchildren; Nathan, Kaitlyn and Madison Marschel, Kyle and Alex Oestreich, Magdalena (Josiah) Aldrich, Matthew and Bethany Oestreich. Sister Cynthia Bergquist of Maple Plain and Brother Lyle (Karen) Oestreich of Howard Lake; sister-in-law Ruth Oestreich of Buffalo, and sister-in-law Ida (Gerald) Karstens of Hutchinson and nieces and nephews Dawn (Eugenios) Christodoulou of Loretto, Mark (Kimm) Karstens of Hopkins, Joanne (Robb) Jarvis of Colorado, Philip (Susan) Oestreich of Rogers, David (Ruth) Oestreich of Howard Lake, Michelle Merrick of Duluth, Lori Parker of Austin, Texas.

A Memorial Service for Douglas Oestreich will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Bible Church in Silver Lake.   Reverend Dr. Tom Rakow will officiate.

Interment at a later date at Bohemian National Cemetery.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Saturday, March 25th two hours prior to the memorial service.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to

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March 25, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grace Bible Church (Silver Lake)

Memorial Service
March 25, 2023

11:00 AM
Grace Bible Church (Silver Lake)


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