|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1994|
Henry Leonard Oller Death Announcement Published in Alton Telegraph:
Former Roxana trustee, mayor dies at 71 of cancer:
Roxana – Henry L. Oller, active in village government for more than 30 years as a trustee and mayor, died Saturday at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer.
A longtime Democratic precinct committeeman, Oller was first elected to the Village Board in 1957 and served until he was elected mayor in 1985. He stepped down in 1989, choosing not to seek re-election.
"He did a good job for our city," said Trustee Paul "Buzz" Kindle, also a former mayor. Kindle, who was elected trustee the year Oller became mayor, said Oller transformed village government.
"Before him, the mayor pretty much ran the city," Kindle said. "He gave the board members a lot of power and a lot of responsibility. He was good at delegating authority and listening to everyone."
Kindle said Oller and his wife, Mae, were active church and community members outside of politics. "He always provided transportation and help for senior citizens," Kindle said.
Oller continued to take an interest in village government and people often sought his advice and counsel, Kindle said.
Born in Christian County, Oller served as a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He went to work for Alton Box Board Co., then worked at what is now the Clark refinery for 39 years before he retired in 1985.
Oller and his wife were planning to move to a home in Missouri that Oller himself had built for their retirement.
Henry L. Oller Obituary August 27, 1994:
Henry L. Oller, 71, trustee of Roxana for 30 years and a former mayor, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 1994, at his home.
A carpenter at Clark Oil and Refinery in Roxana for 39 years, he retired in November 1985. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1349 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2404, both 2404, both in Wood River, and was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces for four Years during World War II.
Born in Christian County, Illinois, on July15, 1923, he was the son of the late Henry and Vera (Nussman) Oller.
He married the former Grace Mae Bowler on March 12, 1948, at Roxana Presbyterian Church, and she survives.
Also surviving are a son and Daughter-in-law, Richard M. and Kathy Oller of Lubbock, Texas; and grandson, Brian Oller of Lubbock; four brothers, Oscar, Jack and Bob Oller, all of Wood River, and Karl Oller of Roxana; and two sisters, Peggy Scherff of Prairietown and Shirley Brangenberg of Charlotte, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Willis Oller, and three Sister, Vera Lawrence, Mary Wheelan and Jean Carson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Roxana, where he was a member. The Rev. Susan Coller officiated.
Burial was in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials were made to the church or the Wood River Township Hospital Hospice program
Henry Oller (1888 - 1964)
Vera Esther Nussman Oller (1895 - 1964)
Donald O. Oller (1912 - 1915)*
Willis Arthur Oller (1914 - 1979)*
Oscar Eugene Oller (1917 - 2003)*
Alvera Evelyn Oller Lawrence (1919 - 1983)*
Anna Imogene Oller Carson (1921 - 1968)*
Henry Leonard Oller (1923 - 1994)
Jackie Joe Oller (1930 - 2000)*
Rose Lawn Memory Gardens
Created by: Willis Oller
Record added: Sep 18, 2012
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