Robert E. Oesterling

East Tawas, Michigan
May 13, 1943 - March 21, 2020


His family will begin to welcome friends at the property at 10:00 AM on Friday.

Service Location

Family's Property at 670 Janet Street in East Tawas, Michigan 48730


A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the family's property; 670 Janet Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. Reverend Matt Carpenter will officiate the service and Michigan State Police will honor Bob for his service.

Obituary Notice

Robert E. Oesterling

Age 76, of East Tawas, MI passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Saginaw, MI. He was born on May 13, 1943 in Bellevue, PA to the late Earl and Sarah Oesterling (nee Heasley). Bob graduated from Wayne Memorial High School in 1961 and then studied at Adrian College. He has lived in Ohio, Wayne, MI and Jackson, MI prior to moving to the Tawas area. Bob has lived here for 50 years and worked as a Michigan State Police Trooper for 26 of them. He retired in 1994 and became the caretaker of the Tawas Beach Club until 2006. Bob was a member of the Tawas Area Elks for nearly 30 years. His favorite hobbies included collecting antiques and woodworking . He was an avid and passionate outdoorsman and truly enjoyed deer hunting! Bob even had several remarkable deer hunting excursions to Saskatchewan, Canada over the years! Bob built a beautiful museum in his garage for his trucks, cars, wood working projects and other items he collected over the years. He loved restoring old trucks and cars and attending cruises and car shows in the summer. Bob was a past member of the Spoke and Chrome Car Club and the Flying Pistons Car Club. He enjoyed many road trips each summer with the clubs and he even took his 1968 Pontiac Catalina on Route 66 in 2017. Bob is survived by his wife, Sandra "Sandy" Licari Oesterling, whom he married on April 10, 1965 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne, MI. Also surviving are his three children, daughter Shelly Bird of Milwaukee, WI, son Earl Oesterling of Fort Collins, CO, daughter Charlene Oesterling of Knoxville, TN; brother Howard (Betty) Oesterling of Clinton, MI, brother Gene Richard (Bernadette) Oesterling of Traverse City, MI, sister Rebecca (James) Kerns of Trenton, MI and 6 nieces and 3 nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother David Oesterling. A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the family's property; 670 Janet Street, East Tawas, Michigan 48730. Reverend Matt Carpenter will officiate the service and Michigan State Police will honor Bob for his service. His family will begin to welcome friends at the property at 10:00 AM on Friday. A meal and fellowship will be held at the property immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be directed to the Iosco County Historical Society, the Michigan State Police Hardship Fund or the Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas, MI. You may offer condolences at


Iosco County Historical Society - 405 West Bay St, East Tawas, MI 48730

Michigan State Police Hardship Fund - 1715 Abbey Rd, Suite B, East Lansing, MI 48823

Grace Lutheran Church, 401 Main St, East Tawas, MI 48730


Greenwood Cemetery - East Tawas, Michigan


Prayers for you Sandy an children of Bob.
Pray for comfort during this time of loss.
Bob was a really interesting person.
Will be missed
— Eileen M Castonguay-Kindell
my deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire Oersterling family...Bob will be missed...R.I.P.
— Frank Mahon
So sorry Sandy and family to hear of Bob's passing. He was a super trooper and a great guy. RIP Bob and thanks for your years of protecting us.
— June Scott
Bob was a strong supporter of the St. Joseph athletic program when his kids attended school there and participated in basketball and flag football. My sympathies to the family.
— Bernie Link
Sandy, We were very sad to hear of Bob's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. I will miss seeing him around the car shows. Rest in peace my friend and fellow Trooper. Gregg & Patti Kopkau
— Gregg D Kopkau
So sorry for your loss, he was a very nice man. Patricia ( Johnroe) and Shayne Eskew
— Patricia Eskew
So sorry Sandy and family for the loss of Bob . He was a great guy rest in peace Bob
— janet coyer
Sandy & family we pray for God’s healing powers to move over your hearts as you deal with Bob’s passing. There is not enough room here to describe the joy & fun I experienced working with Bob over the years, you will be missed.
— Dennis & Cheryl Frank
The Oesterling Family will certainly miss Bob, a "one of a kind", as we will also. Lots of great memories, from skating to skiing to tubing~~~ and many great meals together. Just a good person and true friend! Will think of him every time we make ribs! Gone too soon.
— John Bax & Mary Piskor
Our deepest condolences to the entire Oesterling family. We pray for peace and comfort during this very difficult time 🙏. Bob will definitely be missed! May he rest in peace.
— Paul & Teresa Blust
Very saddened to hear of this loss....Bob was one of "The Greats", he will be deeply missed. With love and sympathy to Sandy and family.
— Matthew and Chris Perkins
You and your family have my sympathy. As I said to you before, through your tears may you find laughter and fond memories of your father! Celebrate his life and know we will see him again some day!
— Keith Harris
Continual prayers for the entire family during this time of healing. Mr Osterling was a good man and he will greatly be missed. Rest In Peace!
— Debbie (Hester) Knight
My deepest condolences to my cousin Sandy, Shelly, Earl and Char.
Bob was a wonderful man and talented in so many ways with woodworking and restoring classic cars.
I will always be thankful for his service as a Michigan State Trooper.
Rest in your eternal peace Bob, until we meet again on the other side.💕✝️
— Denise Sonntag
Sandy a real great guy. Just a month a go Mike Bolens and I were talking about Bob. Oh I am the old UPS Driver who bought your fairmont station wagon. Time just passes to fast thoughts and prayers. UPS Joe Boss Hog
— Joseph Izworski
Sandy, Shelly, Earl and Char prayers to you and the whole family 🙏🙏. We were so sorry to hear about Bob and prayer that you can find peace during this time. Bob was such. Nice man!
— Frank and Diane Brewer
Sending my most heartfelt sympathies to your family.... I’ve known “Mr. Oesterling” my entire life and I have many wonderful memories of our families getting together on many occasions. Bob’s laugh was as big as he was and also contagious! It has been my pleasure over these last few years getting to know Bob through my work at the dental office. He was always there with a big hug and smile. Sending hugs and love.....
— Ann Skiba Brownell
I’m heartbroken by the news of Bob’s passing. He was a big part of my childhood on Janet Street and will be missed greatly. ❤️
— Robin (Frank) Swartz
Dear Sandy, Shelly, Earl and Char... I'm so saddened by this news. Bob was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. I feel lucky to have grown up next door to such wonderful neighbors. I have so many fond memories of him and am glad I was able to visit his incredible garage/museum a couple years ago. I hope you can find peace in the knowledge that many people loved him. God Bless.
— Jan (Johnson) Schneider
Sandy, we were very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Condolences to you, Shelly, Earl, and Charlene. I will always have good memories of Bob. ❤️
— Bob and Ingrid LaTourelle
Dear cousin, Sandy, you are in my prayers and thoughts during this very sad time. God bless you and your children.
— Jeanine Adams Bottrell
our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this most difficult time. You are in our prayers !

John and CJ
— John Brummeler
Dear Sandy and children our deepest heartfelt condolences, we will miss Bob , he and your family will always be remembered in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. May God give you the courage and strength and peace of mind at this trying you lots..❤️🙏✝️❤️
— Aunt Carmen & Uncle Don
Sandy and family, our hearts go out to you. Bob will be greatly missed and we are honored to have had the chance to know him. Love and prayers to all of you all this time. The Nunn Family - Mark, Erin, McKenzie and Mason
— Mark Nunn
I met Bob when I worked at Bay Party store he had a great smile and told it like it was. He will be missrd
— Jo E Cano
Sandy, We are so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. Our prayers are to you during this time.
— Brian and Nichole Pelton
RIH Bob, you were an amazing man who raised a beautiful family. Praying for you , you’re wife and children.
— Dick Horning
Sandy, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and the children during this very sad time.
— Donna Schneider
Sandy, We were very saddened to learn of Bob's passing. We have many fond memories of him, and his big heart and smile. He was a wonderful kind man and the world has lost a great man. We will cherish the dry sink he beautifully refinished for us many, many years ago. May all of your memories comfort you during this most difficult time.
— Marsha and Rich Hummel
Sandy Thinking of you ................REO.....great guy....taught me alot...he will be missed......
— Denny Bolling
Sandy and family, So sorry to hear Bob had died. He was a great man. All three of our boys worked for Bob at the Beach Club. He was a great role model and they greatly enjoyed working for him. He was a positive influence in their lives. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
— David and Sandy Lixey
Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Praying that your memories will carry you through. . You had many years of them. What a blessing!!
— Linda Hicks
We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, dear cousin Sandy. That smile exudes the kindness I remember! May it remain in your hearts, bringing comfort forever!
Bonnie and Ed Penet
— Bonnie Penet
Sandy and family, So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I had no idea he was ill. My prayers are with your family. I will miss the getogethers at the beach club and his garage. Mostly the BSing about hunting, trapping, and old cars. God be with you all. Sincerely. Bill Baker
— Bill Baker
Sandy and family so sorry for all of you Bob was a super person . Prayers and Love to you all . R.I.P. Bob
— Fred and Bobbie Roulo
Sandy and Family, We are so sorry and please know how much we are thinking about you. This is such a loss for our community too. Norm enjoyed getting advice and help on his cars throughout the years and so grateful to have toured his museum with his guidance. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Love Norm and Marian
— Norm and Marian
So sorry to hear the sad news well pray for you cuz cousin Tommy Craig and Toni
— Thom Piscopink
Sandy so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. You and your family are in our prayers
— Dick and Margaret Rohrer
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful guy and good friend. He will be missed by all of us. Rest in peace Bob.

Bob and Ann Pawloski
— Bob Pawloski
Sandy, sorry about the loss of Bob, I truly enjoyed his friend ship, we had many crazy adventures on the Federal Check Lane
REO until we ride that crazy VW and roll in in the heaven of sands RIP
Jim Gavigan (MSP EST Ret.)
— Jim Gavigan
Sandy, we met many years ago when Bob was selected and graduated from the 3rd Basic Emergency Support team with the Michigan State Police back in 1981. He served with distinction for 5 years. I served with him on many calls and quarterly training sessions throughout the state during those years we served together. Big Bob as we called him had a gregarious and contagious laugh and was a great man to be around. We trained and worked together closely for those 8 weeks we were down at Ft. Custer, learning to be SWAT guys. We will all miss Bob and appreciate his service to MSP and the state. Jerry Ellsworth, (MSP EST Commander, Ret.)
— Jerry L. Ellsworth
So sorry for your loss. Such fond memories growing up with you all. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
— Jeri (Frederick) Decator
Sandy I was SHOCK to here about BOB. He was just a wonderful person. I went out to the garage once and had a wonderful time talking to him about old cars. Are prayers are with you and he is going to be missed by ever one that knew him.
Back in 1993 Bob and I were partners working the Michigan State Fair in Detroit. We spend most of our time in the horse barns and with the Detroit Mounted Police Unit. I had purchased a t-shirt from the unit and the morning Bob passed I pulled it out of my closet and had it on, and it was later that I learned of Bob's passing. After twenty seven years, there was still an unseen bond. R.I.P.
— John Pegg
My grandparents have many fond memories of time spent with you and Bob and asked me to share their condolences. So sorry to hear of your loss and thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.
— Bob and Wanda Huddy, Kelsea Lane, and family

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