Paul Joseph Oslica of Carlisle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, March 5, 2017. He was born January 5, 1939 in Hazen, Arkansas. He was the son of the late Joseph John and Mary Agnes Oslica. Paul is survived by much of his family; his four sisters, Agnes and Mary Louise of Eads, Tennessee, Evelyn of Greenwood, and Joan O’Keane (Jim) of Maumelle; his four children, Connie (Lesley) of Conway, Ramona Ball (Ross) of Paron, Richard (Penny) of Fayetteville, Ed (Wanda) of Omaha, Nebraska; his nine grandchildren, Ren (Nicole), Katie Holt (David), Austin, McKenzie, Aly, Jeremy Ball, Justin Ball, Zac and Morgan and four great-grandchildren, Jasper, Tristan and Addison Holt and Ellis Croken.
Paul was a devoted father to his children and loving brother to his sisters. He was a long time member of St. Rose Catholic Church; member of the Parish Council, Carlisle, Arkansas; the Knights of Columbus, Slovak; and he was a proud member and founder of Cedar Tree Acres, Slovak, Arkansas. He was also a member of the Carlisle Jaycees.
Paul graduated from Subiaco Academy, Subiaco, Arkansas in 1957. He enjoyed farming in Hazen and Carlisle for 30 years. He continued his love for the outdoors and hunting while working at Greenbriar Hunting Club, Hazen, Arkansas for the past 30 years, making lifelong friends along the way. Paul was widely respected in his community and loved by all. He was known for his kindness towards others and his concern for others over himself.
Paul treasured travelling to his grandchildren’s school and sporting events.
Some of the special names that Paul is known by are: “Big Paul” – to his many friends, “Schlitz”- to his classmates at Subiaco, “Brother” – to his loving sisters, “Pawpaw” and “Papa” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the greatest name of all known by his children – “DAD”.
We have faith and trust that he has recently heard: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle followed by Rosary at 7:00 at the church. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Rose Catholic Church inCarlisle. Interment will be in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius CatholicCemetery in Slovak.
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Thinking of Connie, Lesley and the entire Oslica family. So sorry.
Connie, Richard & Ramona, Eddie & families, so sadden to learn of your dad’s passing. I will keep each of you in thought & prayer during this difficult time. My God put his loving arms around each of you & give comfort only as he can. Prayers for you all.
My heart goes out to you all. You’ve lost a brother, a father, a grandfather and great-grandfather; he was just such a wonderful man, a real gentle giant. Paul was such a pleasant person to be around. I’ll always remember his sweet smile and caring ways. I always enjoyed our visits together at the Hurley House. I know he will truly be missed by all who knew him. May you all be consoled in the loving memories he left you with. My love to you all.
We have been blessed to have come to know and love Paul. Paul is often referred to as the “gentle giant” and the name fits for he was always good natured and sympathetic to the needs of others and he was a giant in both stature and in his ability to lead by example. He was a very special man and there was none in our family who met Paul that didn’t immediately like Paul. He gave generously of his time and knowledge to our family, making our children feel important and loved, and many are the times we looked to him for advice on all kinds of things — carpentry, farming, hunting, pest control, and just life in general. He told us back in November that he was “fighting a battle” — a battle in which we assumed he would be victorious for he never let on that he had any other expectation. Today our eyes are filled with tears while our hearts are filled with memories and love. Gloriously enriched by the times we shared together, we find peace in knowing that there awaits the grandest hunting camp of all where friends and loved ones abound and where Paul will find a endless number of projects to keep him busy and forever smiling. We extend our condolences to his family and all his loved ones. Bless you one and all.
So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, l know he will be missed. Ray and l enjoyed visiting with him at the horse races. My prayers are with the family.
Iam so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, l know he will be missed. Ray and l enjoyed visiting with him and Harvey at the horse races. My prayers will be with the family.
Connie I had only met your dad once but by knowing you tells me all I need to know about him. I rarely see a family that is as caring and loves people, all people as your family does. I imagine you got a little of that from your dad. The Marshall family loves you and is praying for God to comfort you and your family.
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