Richard Oyler

 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 Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Association.

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.

Memorial service will be held at the LDS Church, 470 Camino San Clemente, San Clemente, CA 92672, Saturday September 22, 2012 at 10:00am. Interment at the National Cemetery at Miramar in San Diego. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) in San Clemente, CA.

Richard Oyler of San Clemente often spoke of how fortunate he was to have survived the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, during which his ship took hits that left dozens dead or wounded.  Oyler went on to survive World War II and live a fulfilling, productive life, including 67 years married to his soul mate, Lenore, whom he had met while both were serving in the Navy.

Richard Oyler survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and went on to own a flooring and drapery business in San Clemente. He died Sept. 13 at age 88.  On Saturday, both will be remembered at a memorial service in San Clemente. Richard died of congestive heart failure Sept. 13, his family said. His wife followed him three days later after enduring Alzheimer's disease. Both were 88.

The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 470 Camino San Clemente. The couple will be laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego.

Richard Oyler recalled in interviews decades after the war how, on a quiet Sunday morning in 1941, he was finishing breakfast in the mess hall of the USS Curtiss when he heard explosions. His curiosity turned to shock as he peered out an open cargo hatch to see a torpedo plane dive toward the battleship USS Utah. "We saw it let go of its torpedo," Oyler said, "and the torpedo hit the Utah. We knew we were under attack. The Utah sank in 20 minutes."

Oyler, then 18, and other crew members sprang into action as the Curtiss, a seaplane tender, did all it could to fight back. Oyler said the Curtiss fired on a submarine when its periscope appeared, and the ship managed to shoot down several enemy aircraft. Among the ship's casualties was his friend Nick Ganas. "I have often thought since, had my battle station not changed just weeks before, I would be there with Nick," Oyler said in a 1991 memoir commemorating the 50th anniversary of the attack. In his battle station that fateful day, he was the captain's talker, relaying orders from the captain while stationed on the bridge.  The Curtiss was repaired and Oyler continued to serve on the ship through the war.

He had enlisted in the Navy in July 1941 at age 17, the family said. Lenore enlisted as a WAVE in August 1944. They were married July 21, 1945, and settled in Lone Pine, Calif., after the war. They made their way to San Clemente in 1977, purchasing the Decor Center, a flooring and drapery business.  They were avid genealogists and served missions for the church in Palau, Micronesia and Boston.  They are survived by three daughters, three sons, 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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