MSgt (Ret) Willard Oost

Willard (Will) Linzy Oost of Parker, FL, passed away August 5, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19.

Will was born in Panther, KY to Grover Linzy and Emma Stringer Oost on August 12, 1935. He married Mary Jewelle Wells Oost on June 20, 1955, in Owensboro, KY.

Will was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the US Air Force for 23 plus years until he retired in 1977. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he served as a police officer for the city of Parker for 13 years, and as Chief of Police for 12 years retiring in 2001. After retirement, he served on the City Council of Parker for 12 years. Will was a longtime member of the Parker Lodge # 142 F & AM, Shaddai Shrine Temple, a lifetime member of AMVETS of Callaway, and a member of Parker VFW. He was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Will also was a longtime member of the Parker United Methodist Church where he volunteered and served in many positions.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary J. Oost; sons, Steven L. Oost and Gary W. Oost and wife Susan (Pitts) Oost, all of Panama City; his daughter, Kathy A. Oost of Nashville, TN; and a sister, Mildred (Oost) Miller of Owensboro, KY.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jon Laughlin officiating. Interment with US Air Force Honors will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:30 am until service time at 11:00. Masks and social distancing will be required at visitation and services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parker United Methodist Church in Will’s memory.

Kent-Forest Lawn, 2403 Harrison Avenue, 763-4694

MSgt (Ret) Willard Oost

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