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Merlin Richard Oswalt

September 28, 1932 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 89)


Merlin Richard Oswalt, age 89, of Heber Springs, Arkansas passed away peacefully on November 19, 2021, after complications from a heart attack. He was born to Mark and Dorothy (Godown) Oswalt on September 28, 1932 in Greenville, Ohio.

Merlin is survived by his long-term companion, Ruth Ann Needels; his daughters, Crystal (Garrett) Oswalt Pontious, and Coral (Derek) Small; grandsons, Benjamin Small, and Dan (Meghan) Oswalt; granddaughter, Katie Oswalt; and two great-grandsons, Noel and Micah Oswalt; His sister, Janice Kress; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Dorothy Oswalt; his brother, Donovan Oswalt; and by his son, Sterling Oswalt.

Merlin Graduated from Franklin Monroe High School and went on to Ohio State University where he received a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He began his lifetime career in veterinary medicine in private practice in West Alexandria, Ohio then later moved to Middletown, Ohio. He retired from veterinary medicine to Heber Springs, Arkansas where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was an avid Ohio State Football Fan. Merlin was a Master Gardener and always shared his bounty with others. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs, Arkansas and taught adult Bible classes for many years. He also was active in the local Senior Citizen Center where he encouraged others and shared his optimism. Merlin was known for his unique sense of humor, and he always enjoyed a good prank. The family has been humbled hearing stories from many individuals of how he impacted their lives and gave wise counsel.

The Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs with Bro. Tommy Toombs. officiating. Graveside services will be held (DATE CHANGE) 12:00 pm Sat. September 17 at Newcomer Cemetery in Franklin Twp. Darke County, OH near Pitsburg. Email condolences may be sent by visiting

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association.  


Graveside Service
September 17, 2022

12:00 PM
Newcomer Cemetery
Painters Creek - Arcanum Road
Arcanum, OH 45304


American Heart Association
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago IL 60604-1242

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