Dr. R.J. Oosta, M.D

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Dr. Richard John Oosta, 90, passed away April 23, 2019 in Shreveport leaving a legacy of Christian faith, love for family and others, of service and ministering to others and a strong work ethic. He was a beloved husband, dad, brother, uncle, grandfather “PawPaw” and great-grandfather. He was married to Margaret Virginia Stovall Oosta for 67 years.

Military service in the Navy Reserves called him to duty during the Korean Conflict where he was one of the relatively few survivors of the infamous Chosin Reservoir Campaign. He was attached to a Marine division as a medical technician and was awarded the Bronze Star, a personal letter of commendation and the Purple Heart. Upon completion of his military service, he attended pre-med at LSU Baton Rouge, receiving his master’s degree in endocrinology. He graduated from LSU New Orleans Medical School and interned at Doctor’s Hospital in Shreveport. He added his Family Practice specialty later and continued to attend heart-related conferences in the summers.

His private practice began in Ringgold and then moved to Sabine Parish in 1963 where he practiced until semi-retirement. In 1983 he began chief of staff responsibilities at Frasier Hospital in Many. During the 1970s he served for six years as Sabine Parish Coroner. He finished his career with contract work with Willis-Knighton and Natchitoches General Hospital. He also participated in a teaching program at LSUS through numerous years of his practice.

In Sabine Parish, he was active in church work, school and community activities. Residents of the parish may have had the opportunity to hear him speak at many area churches on the physical crucifixion of Christ, a passion of his to inform listeners of what Christ physically suffered at Calvary. He was committed to the Word of God and spent much time studying the Bible and its application in our lives.

He loved his farm between Many and Zwolle and had many hobbies, including airplane piloting, golf and RV traveling.

Dr. Oosta is survived by his wife, Margaret Virginia Stovall Oosta; daughters, Kathy Childress and husband Mark of Houston, Texas, Carol Walsh and husband Garry of Zwolle, and Joanie Dahlem and husband Freddy, of Florien; son, John “Jack” Oosta of Indiana; grandchildren, Garrett Walsh III and wife Jana, Derek Bernard and wife Mala, Richard Walsh and wife Brooke, Caitlin Childress and Tiffany Oosta; sister, JoAnn Lemmen and husband Len, of Holland, Michigan; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 26 at First Baptist Church of Many with the Reverends Lee Dickson and Jonathan Bost officiating. Interment followed at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Wounded Warrior Project.

The family expresses their appreciation and love to the staff of MontClair & The Chateau at MontClair, Heritage Manor at Stratemore and to Amedisys Hospice of Shreveport.

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