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Rick D. Oilar

November 17, 1949 — October 5, 2021

Rick D. Oilar, age 71 of Pine Village, IN, passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.


Rick was born on November 17, 1949. He was the son of Paul “Ike” Farris and Ella Marie (Rusk) Oilar. Rick was a 1968 graduate of Fountain Central High School. He married Brenda Lou Grider in 1976 near Rainsville, IN in the front yard of the farmhouse that Brenda and she survives.


Rick served in the U.S. Army from November 22, 1968 until July 16, 1970. He was stationed in Vietnam as part of the 501stsignal battalion and the 101stairborne division in Camp Eagle Vietnam. He worked at Wabash National in Lafayette for almost 24 years.


Rick was a member of Wabash Valley Bible Baptist Church. He was also a member of F&AM Lodge #315 Pine Village and American Legion Post #52 Attica. He loved to read his Bible and truly enjoyed God’s word. Rick said that he wished that he had dug into the Bible sooner and he wouldn’t have made some of the mistakes that he did. He also enjoyed fishing. Rick took pride in his property and enjoyed maintaining it. When his son Dustin was a child, Rick cherished the time they spent camping. He coached his son’s little league baseball team. Rick especially loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.


Surviving with his wife, Brenda, are,

1 son, Dustin Shane Oilar of Pine Village, IN;

2 sisters, Suella Cobbs (Ralph) of Delphi, IN ad Paula Hering (John) of Veedersburg, IN

3 sister-in-laws, Linda (Jim) Smith of FL, Jane (Archie) Ehler of Williamsport, IN, and Donna Lewis of Gatlinburg, TN;

2 grandsons, Justin Richard Oilar and Ashton Shane Oilar


Rick was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Paul Oilar and Roger Oilar; 2 brother-in-laws, Dennis Grider and Jim Lewis; and 1 half-sister, Pauletta Rennick.


Visitation will be held at Wabash Valley Bible Baptist Church on Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor J. David Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Village Cemetery with full military honors and masonic services. Memorial contributions may be made to Wabash Valley Bible Baptist Church.  Online condolences may be made at


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