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Alumni Obituary – Jason Carlyle Oehlert

Jason Carlyle Oehlert, age 47, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Eudora, KS on May 18, 2022. Jason was born on February 17, 1975 in Lawrence to John and DeVonna (Runyon) Oehlert.

 Jason is survived by his wife, Sparkle (Mortell) Oehlert along with their children, Norah Grace Oehlert (15) and Cooper John Oehlert (13); his parents, John and DeVonna Oehlert; his brothers Chad (Stephanie) Oehlert and Nathian (Haley) Oehlert; his sister, Jennifer (Brian) Elm, 17 nieces and nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jason is preceded in death by his grandfathers Richard Oehlert and James Runyon and grandmothers Betty Bidinger and Mary Runyon.

 Jason was proud to work at Eudora Schools as the Finance Director and cared deeply for his work family and the community. On September 28, 2002 he married his soulmate, Sparkle and on July 17, 2006 they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Norah to their family. On October 20, 2008 they welcomed their son, Cooper to their family. Norah and Cooper were the light of his life.

 Jason was a devoted father and loved spending time listening to Norah talk about her day and the recent books she has read, looking at Norah’s drawings, and most recently talking about which colleges they should visit. Jason enjoyed watching Cooper play in all his sports activities, making rockets, and fishing. He was always up for anything Norah and Cooper wanted to do.

Jason was very close to his siblings, his Uncle Dan, and Cousin Andy (and many, many of his cousins, aunts, and uncles). He enjoyed a good game of Texas Hold’em and oftentimes won by bringing up topics he knew would throw them off their game.

Jason loved airplanes, tractors, auctions, and “the barn”.  He enjoyed traveling with his family, especially his travels to Chicago and Colorado.

 A visitation was scheduled for Tuesday, May 31 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, KS. Funeral followed at 10 am on Wednesday, June 1 at River City Church (formerly Lawrence Free Methodist) in Lawrence, KS followed by a graveside service at DeSoto Cemetery (Silent City). Reverends Robby Giffin and Larry Baldridge will officiate.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Eudora Schools Foundation.


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