James Oswald of Cuba, Missouri was born on March 30, 1935 in Milanovac, Yugoslavia to Josef and Rosa (Pauchner) Oswald and passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 at the age of 86 years.
At birth he was not expected to live, but God had other plans. It took several years to get sponsorship and be approved for him and his mother, brother, and sister to immigrate to the United States. He was only 17 at time.
He worked for several years on farms to help pay the sponsors back for the cost of the passage from Europe.
He and his family eventually made their way to St. Louis, Missouri, where he met and married, Anna Mae (Newton) Oswald on November 14, 1959.
He worked over 40 years as a sheet metal mechanic, drafting and producing commercial kitchen equipment. He was a very dedicated worker. He always put his family before himself.
He spent a lot of his retirement building relationships with the grandchildren by taking them on trips.
His interest included playing soccer as a young man, watching many types of sports, and watching westerns on the television. He enjoyed working on things around the house and mowing the lawn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna in April 2021; one brother, Stefan Oswald; one sister, Amalia Sigmund; and sister-in-law, Geraldine Oswald.
He is survived by his son, James Kevin Oswald and wife Teresa of Loveland, Colorado; one daughter, Christina Rena Chaney and husband Rodney of Cuba, Missouri; brother-in-law, Rochus Sigmund of St. Louis, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Malachi Oswald, Micah Oswald, Zechariah Oswald, Thomas Chaney, Kyle Chaney, Neoscho Chaney and Bri Jones; four great grandchildren, Honor Oswald, Hope Oswald, Alayna Jones and Maiselle Jones; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla, Missouri.
Interment followed in the Lake Spring Cemetery in Lake Spring, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla, Missouri.