Wilfred "Bill" J. OsterWilfred "Bill" J. Oster, 79 of Lidgerwood, ND passed away Friday, August 30, 2013 at his home in Lidgerwood. Funeral mass will be Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Lidgerwood with Fr. Robert Smith as celebrant and burial with military honors by the Lidgerwood American Legion Bullis Post #84 and the North Dakota National Guard will be at Calvary Cemetery, Lidgerwood. Visitation will be Monday, September 2, 2013 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. all at St. Boniface Church. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the funeral mass at the church. Pallbearers will be: Brady Gabel, Brandon Gabel, Haley Gabel, Ben Reinke, Carly Reinke, Spencer Reinke, Luke Oster, Bethany Oster & Caitlin Gabel.
Wilfred (Bill) Jerome Oster was born October 20, 1933 to Anthony, Sr. & Frances (Gaukler) Oster, on a farm near Tyler, ND. In 1938, the family left the farm and moved to Lidgerwood, ND. He attended kindergarten in a rural school near Great Bend, ND, finished elementary school at St. Boniface Catholic School, Lidgerwood, and graduated in 1951 from Lidgerwood High School. After graduation, he worked for Maack’s Grocery Store and various other jobs until entering the U.S. Army in 1954. Upon completion of basic training, he was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, then went over seas to Korea for a 16 month tour of duty, until his discharge in 1956. When returning to Lidgerwood, he purchased a tavern from Bob Knaust.