Oscar H Egbert
Oscar was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Oakley, Idaho, to Joseph Henry Egbert and Mary Ethel Sharp. He grew up in the Murtaugh area with two brothers and three sisters. Oscar graduated from Murtaugh High School and attended the Weiser Vocational School before entering the Army. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Infantry.
Oscar married Melba Bell on June 6, 1940, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Following their marriage, he and Melba moved to Burley, where the family lived until they settled in Heyburn. Together they had four children: Shirley, Emily, Becky and Gene.
Oscar began his working life on his father’s farm, then became a “soda jerk,” a butcher, a builder, a salesman for McCaslin Lumber and a mail carrier. He later moved inside the post office and worked as a postal clerk for a time before becoming the Heyburn postmaster. While working his full-time jobs, he built houses in his spare time. After retirement from the post office, he worked at the front desk at the Racquetball Club. He loved working with people and had many friends in each of his vocations.
Oscar was a faithful and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of his church callings include Young Men’s president, ward clerk, executive secretary and a church service missionary with his wife at the Bishop’s Storehouse. He provided service wherever he saw a need and found great pleasure in helping those around him. He could build or fix anything with whatever he had on hand. He enjoyed bowling, ice skating and playing sports. Mostly, Oscar enjoyed being with his family and doing anything he could to help them and teach them.
He is survived by his children, Shirley ReNae Egbert, Becky (Tim) Hurst and Gene (Patti) Egbert; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba; a daughter, Emily Faye Egbert; a grandson, James (Jimmy) Leonard Johnson; and his brothers and sisters, Reynaldo, Melvin Kay, Roberta, Berna and Luana.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Heyburn LDS Church, 530 Villa Drive, with Brother Greer Copeland officiating. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Heyburn. A viewing will be held for family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the Heyburn LDS Church.
In lieu of flowers, Oscar would encourage a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Primary Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.