It is with deep regret we share the passing of Earl Twp. Fire Police Captain Richard (Slim) Oswald. He served as Co. 19's Fire Police Captain and was a dedicated volunteer serving the community for 50 years.
Slim was a well-know presence in Berks County and his towering figure and booming voice were matched with a large, warm, giving heart. Slim had been suffering from a myriad of medical issues that ultimately took him from our earthly existence. The family, department and friends have our deepest sympathies.
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The following is Slim's obituary as it appeared in the Reading Eagle:
Richard D. "Slim" Oswald, 72, of Boyertown, passed away May 14, 2016 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He was the companion of Diane Bender. Born October 28, 1943, he was a son of the late Merlin Oswald and Edna C. (Mest) Carl.
Richard attended Boyertown High School and was a member of St. Joseph's (Hill) Lutheran Church, Boyertown.
He was employed as a truck driver for various companies, last employed by Christel in Bechtelsville, PA, and worked as a security guard at the Oley Valley High School and the Oley Fair. Richard was a member of Earl Township Fire Company where he served as captain of the fire police. He also was a member of the Oley Fire Company, Bechtelsville Fire Company and various other fire companies.
He was a life member of the Fire Police Association of Berks County and a life member of the Pike Township Sportsman Club.
Richard loved to dance at hoedowns and enjoyed square dancing. He also enjoyed roller skating.
Surviving are his sister, Catherine L., wife of George Davidheiser, Boyertown; a brother, David A. Carl, Bridgeport; and a half-sister, Mindy Miller, West Lawn; and Cindy, wife of David Swann, of Mertztown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his half-sister, Karen Lenhart.
Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Joseph (Hill) Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown. Viewings will be held Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stitzel Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 423 Main Street, Oley, and again on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at St. Joseph (Hill) Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Hill Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Earl Township Fire Company, 1340 Ironstone Drive, Boyertown, PA 19512.