Richard and Lenore Oyler

Richard Faustinas Oyler, age 88, died peacefully from Congestive Heart Failure on September 13, 2012. He was born November 30, 1923 in Dunbar, Nebraska to Sherman Grant Oyler and Lenora Jeanette (Phelan) Oyler. Richard grew up in Glendale, Ca. where he attended local schools and graduated from Glendale High School.

Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July, 1941 at age 17. He served aboard the USS Curtiss 4 years and was honorably discharged in January, 1947. Richard was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. Richard met Alice Lenore Boyle while both were serving in the Navy and stationed in San Diego, Ca. They dated and danced at Camp Elliott and married on July 21, 1945 in Lehi, AZ.

Richard and Lenore settled in Lone Pine California for 25 years. While in Lone Pine, he was employed as Inyo County Treasurer and Recorder and was President of both of those State Associations from 1955-1956, California State Inheritance Referee and eventually owned a Private Insurance and Real Estate Business. Richard was active in Community service and served terms as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and was active in many other civic and community organizations as well. After a move to San Clemente in 1977, Richard and Lenore purchased Décor Center, a local flooring and drapery business for 12 years. He and mother remained in San Clemente for 35 years.

Richard converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1949. He was a faithful, true convert who served willingly and lovingly in many leadership roles for 63 years. He was an avid genealogist who researched thousands of family names and along with his wife served as full time missionaries in both Palau Micronesia, and Boston, Mass.

Richards legacy to his family are the lessons he taught by example. He loved unconditionally. All who knew him became friends and he made everyone feel better about themselves. Richard’s devotion to his wife Lenore was constant, true and unfailing. He was survived by Lenore for 3 short days. They ares also survived by daughters, Sherman Dorsey(Jim), Garnett Jorgensen (Brent), Debra Meyer (Kim), and sons Grant Oyler (Chris), Richard G. Oyler, and Bryan Oyler (Susan), 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Alice Lenore (Boyle), 88, died peacefully from Alzheimer’s Disease on September 16, 2012. She was born on October 6, 1923 in San Pedro, Ca. to Elmer Edwin Boyle and Alice Ann (Shill) Boyle. Lenore was preceded in death by her husband Richard by 3 days. She was raised in Arizona and Nevada and attended schools in both states, finishing High School at Mesa Union High School in Mesa, AZ.

Lenore enlisted as a Wave in the U.S. Navy in August 1944 and was stationed in New York City, N.Y. and San Diego, CA. She was honorably discharged from the Navy November, 1945. While serving in San Diego she met Richard Oyler who would become her devoted husband. They married on July 21, 1945. Lenore and Richard made their first home in Lone Pine, CA. and remained there for 25 years. She was active in P.T.A. and other community affairs. She was also a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

Lenore was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served faithfully throughout her life. She loved teaching gospel lessons and was a talented chorister for many years. She loved genealogy and researched much to gather ancestor’s names for her posterity. She, along with her husband, served a full time Mission for the church in both Palau Micronesia, and Boston Mass.

During Lenore’s teenage years she learned and mastered the use of her mother’s Singer treadle sewing machine. She was a masterful seamstress and could produce anything from costumes and clothing to draperies and linens.

Lenore’s legacy to her family was her caring, loving role as Mother. She cooked thousands of delicious meals for her children and friends and anyone else who happened to be in the house.

Lenore is survived by her 3 daughters, Sherman Dorsey (Jim), Garnett Jorgensen (Brent), Debra Meyer (Kim); 3 sons Grant Oyler (Chris), Richard G. Oyler, and Bryan Oyler (Susan); 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at the LDS Church, 470 Camino San Clemente, San Clemente, CA 92672, Saturday September 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM. Interment at the National Cemetery at Miramar in San Diego. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Click here to watch Richard’s video on The Oyler House


  1. Tamara L says:

    I just saw the wonderful documentary on the Oyler house. I sensed that the Oyler family were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as am I. Sure enough as I researched the home, I found you indeed are members. There was a beautiful, humble spirit I felt as I watched and listened to Brother Oyler in the documentary. How blessed you were to have wonderful parents and grandparents and live in that lovely home! ♥️

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    1. Suzi Terrell says:

      Thank you so much Tamara – I didn’t know this film existed but just did a search and found it! I’m really excited to see – thanks again for telling me about it!

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    2. Anonymous says:

      Same here. What a lovely soul.

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  2. April rodriguez says:

    The Oyler House What a beautiful story your family was truly blessed

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    1. szterrell says:

      Yes indeed we were Very blessed!


  3. George hurst says:

    Just saw the documentary and could sense the wonderful sprit of mr oyler what loving story we should all strive to live more like that.

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    1. Karen says:

      My family lived in Lone Pine for several years, during the time Mr. Oyler was building this house. Still, I was not aware of that until just seeing this film. I love how the new owners respect and preserve this home and its natural surroundings. What a beautiful story!

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  4. Stephanie says:

    Just watched this beautiful documentary and was so very blessed.

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  5. Linda Sheppard says:

    I too, just watched the beautiful documentary. It’s beauty emerges from so many dimensions – the story itself, the home, the land and centrally, Richard Oyler, a truly loving spirit.

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  6. Kelley Rasmussen says:

    I hope Richard and Lenora got to live in their beautiful home until they passed.
    My husband and I still live in the same house we lived in since I was married in 1972. Almost 50 years.
    One of my greatest joys in life was to design my own home and gardens. I can’t imagine living any place else.
    The interview with Mr. Oyler was SO wonderful! I wish I had known him. Such a kind spirit.

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  7. Lee Ann O’Connor says:

    I just found this wonderful documentary. How beautiful, a truly spiritual place that Richard and his architect created. Thank you for sharing and RIP Mr. Oyler.

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  8. Dixie A. Comesanas says:

    I just watched the documentary. It really warmed my heart. I wish I could have met them and Mr. Neutra.

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  9. Clarissa says:

    What an open-minded and forward thinking family to build such a beautiful home that honors the natural beauty of the outdoors! I loved the story told by Mr. Oyler, and I feel even more moved after reading “Keeper of the Family.” Oyler family, you have a beautiful family, and your parents lived a beautiful life. Thank you for blessing us with your story and life.

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  10. Susie says:

    I just finished watching the documentary and was completely taken away by such an incredible story. What an amazing spirit Mr. Oyler was! I was so touched by his honesty and humbleness. Hearing him recount the relationship he had with Mr. Neutra was profoundly touching. He spoke so eloquently and lovingly. The only negative thing I have to say is that it was too short! I wish it went longer. What a special man and special place! He left his family an incredible legacy.

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  11. Carolyn Wade-Southard says:

    I think of people like these and my step-father,Irv Poulter, when they describe The Greatest Generation. These men were both LDS, both served in traumatic areas in WWII, both were humble yet great, as were their wives. They loved their home and their family, and they let it go to move elsewhere and begin again. The house never owned them, even though it clearly resounded with the love of a large and happy family.
    I hope the Oyler children have this wonderful documentary to show the great-grandchildren. Unless you hear the modesty in his voice, and realize he helped in the construction of the home, it’s difficult to imagine his faith that this amazing place would be theirs to share. My step-siblings are all remarkable people, and I still feel the loss of their dad and people like the Oylers. I have a hunch they might have known each other-both from Glendale, close in age, faithful and active in LDS circles. It’s my sincerest desire that their children take after them. The World needs these good people.

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    1. szterrell says:

      Very nice Carolyn …thanks for stopping by.


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