James G. “Jim” Oestreicher, Jr., 81, of Princeton, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at Olathe Medical Center.
A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Richmond, Kansas. Family will meet with friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. A Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery, Garnett, Kansas. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Therese Catholic Church or the Richmond Free Fair c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Jim’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.
Jim was born Nov. 28, 1938, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of James G. Sr. and Kathryn (Haberkorn) Oestreicher. He was a lifelong resident in the Princeton, Kansas area. Jim graduated from Richmond High School with the class of 1956 and attended Pittsburg State University.
He was united in marriage to Barbara Robertson June 13, 1959 in Richmond, Kansas. They later divorced.
Jim was a utility machine operator for Delco Battery in Olathe, Kansas, from 1958 until his retirement in 1999. He was also a farmer/stockman farming with his dad from the early 1950s to 1972.
He was the Richmond mayor for 2 terms in the late1960s. Jim was a member of the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Richmond, Kansas, serving on the church board and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2680 at St. Boniface in Scipio. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers #1021 in Kansas City, Kansas. He served on the Richmond Recreation Board and supported the Richmond Free Fair for many years especially the frog jump, turtle race, and ladies shoe kicking events.
Jim is survived by his children, Marty Oestreicher, of Garnett; Steve Oestreicher (Suzan Ball), of Richmond; Connie Guilfoyle (Curt), of Richmond; Katie Riemer (Tom), of Ottawa; sister, Sandra Austin (Paul), of Belton, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Audrey LeVota (Phil), Aaron Oestreicher (Kaleigh), Tyler Oestreicher (Lori), Megan Oestreicher, Charity Thurston (Nate), Heather Morey (Zach), Dalton Riemer, Hailee Riemer; and eight great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, William “Bill” White, great granddaughter, Mya Oestreicher, and stepmother, Margarette Oestreicher.
Jim liked to fish, hunt and garden. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, sitting in his green chair and relaxing on the dock at Lake Taneycomo.
Posted online on October 29, 2020