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Cross Wind Conference Center
Thursday March 17th, 2022
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Lawrence Edward Oyer

“Larry” Oyer, 95, passed from this earth on March 9, 2022 and is now in heaven with his Lord and Savior.


Lawrence was born in the Concord Community in Ford County, near Dodge City, Kansas.  Lawrence attended schools in Dodge City, Jetmore, Ness City, Gem, and in 1945, graduated from high school in Greensburg, Kansas.  He received his BA Degree from Ottawa University in 1954, attended Central Baptist Seminary for two years, attended classes at Emporia State and was awarded his Master of Science Degree from Fort Hays State University in 1965. 


Following in his father’s footsteps, Lawrence was called into Christian ministry.  He was licensed to preach at the North Ottawa Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kansas and ordained as an American Baptist Minister in 1957 while at Stillwell Baptist Church, Stillwell, Kansas.  He served as pastor in churches across Kansas, including LaHarpe Baptist Church, LaHarpe, Kansas; Bethel Baptist Church and Hillsdale Presbyterian Church, Hillsdale, Kansas; Stillwell Baptist Church, Stillwell, Kansas; Belpre Baptist Church, Belpre, Kansas; Berean Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas; Woodlawn Baptist Church, Wichita, Kansas; and Bethany Baptist Church, Bentley, Kansas.  Over the years, Lawrence served as Camp Director, Camp Pastor, Counselor, and Caretaker in American Baptist camps.  He gave hours of his time and lots of hard work to many construction projects for camps as well as for the American Baptist Disaster Relief program.


Besides being a minister, Lawrence was also an elementary school teacher and school administrator.  He began teaching at the Concord School near Dodge City where his mother had attended and also taught when Larry was a small boy.  He also worked in Kansas school districts at Hillsdale, Larned,  Lewis, Haviland, and Moundridge.  During his career he was involved in sports programs, building projects, and community events.


“Larry” loved antique cars and owned and restored a 1931 Model A, 1926 Model T, and a 1953  Crestline Victoria.  He enjoyed being part of car clubs and participating in antique car tours.


For nearly half a century, Lawrence served the Lord in every way he knew how.  Most often, it meant building something.  Homes, churches, congregations, ministries...a family.  No matter what “Larry” built, it was the consequence of taking an honest look at what lay before him, seeing what needed to be done, and simply doing it.


Lawrence is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mabel Oyer, Newton, Kansas.  Daughters, M. Kay Pearson, Newton, Kansas; M. Jo Templin (Michael), Wichita, Kansas.  Son-in-law, Jim Mathews, Nixa, Missouri.  Grandsons, Ben Hawk (Jessica), Isaac Pearson, Kenny Scarpelli all of Wichita, Kansas.  Dane Templin (Bethany), Lakewood, Colorado.  Great Grandchildren, Kaitlyn Scarpelli, Hartley Hagen, Everett Templin, and Orion Licata.


Lawrence is preceded in death by his parents, Amos Oyer and Marie (Oyer) Dobbin, siblings, Juanita Spindler, Inez Waln, Wesley Oyer; daughter, Marilyn Mathews; and son-in-law, Steve Pearson.


Services will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the Crosswind Conference Center Mabee Center, Hesston, Kansas.  Viewing will be at 9:30 am, funeral service at 10:30 am.  Burial will be held at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Kansas on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm.  Memorials are designated to the Bethany Baptist Church, Oyer Hall Building Fund or Good Shepherd Hospice, Newton, Kansas.  Funeral Home  - Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion, Kansas.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Lawrence at www.yazelmeglifh.com.


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He was such a good man,I'm sorry to hear of his death,but I know he's with the Lord ,prayers and love to the family

Cynthia Henson May 14 2022 1:33 AM

My prayers have been with you all. I really enjoyed watching Larry and Mabel with the longest to be married at the wedding where I first met them. I pray that you will have peace that passes all understanding.

April McKinsey Mar 17 2022 10:52 PM

Thinking of you Mable. I have so many good memories of Larry. Those include camping, American Baptist Men and of course Bethany Baptist Church in Bentley, Kansas. He lived an extraordinary life and it was a blessing to be a small part of it. Much love to you and your family.

Daniel M. Grummon Mar 17 2022 6:20 PM

We are all saddened to hear that Larry has passed, but happy to know he is with his Lord Jesus Christ, Our Saviour!! He was the most positive person I have ever met and cherished the times we were together in meetings and projects! His love for anyone he had contact with was always apparent! He was a blessing to both sides of my wife's family from opposite ends of the State of Kansas! He had more connections than the telephone company! Our prayers to Mabel, Kay and Jo, and the entire family! Sending our love!

Fred Moore Mar 17 2022 9:40 AM

Larry was an incredible example of love and service. He will be dearly missed! My prayers are with you!

Taylor Belinda Mar 12 2022 1:18 PM

I am Arnita Schultz, Kay and Jo's first grade teacher. I was sad to read of Larry's death in the Hutchinson paper. I think of the girls often, wonder how they are and where they are. Know I'm thinking of you in the death of your father, what a fine Christian man he was. His legacy will be a blessing to each person who knew him. Arnita Schultz

arnita schultz Mar 12 2022 10:52 AM

Beauty lies in the life that one has lived. So with hearts filled with sadness may we remember teacher/pastor Oyer as that smiling light and shining example of caring, qualities much appreciated by all. He will long be remembered, not only by family and friends but also by God who extends His wonderful promises to all. John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:11, 29 Condolences and prayers to his beloved wife and family.

Annie Mar 12 2022 12:50 AM

Larry was a great man with a very generous and kind heart. The world is truelly a lesser place without him.

Amy (Frazer) Jantzen Mar 11 2022 10:44 PM

We love you all and are praying God's peace for each of you!
Carol Dall, Rachel, Chase, and Liam Moses

Rachel Moses Mar 11 2022 1:19 PM

Larry Oyer was my seventh and eighth grade teacher at Hillsdale. Not only did he teach school subjects, but he introduced us to physical education in the newly built gym. That gym was a result of his hard work to get the bond issue passed. He introduced us to woodworking, making Christmas presents for our parents. On our all school trip to Ottawa, he introduced us to the devastation of the 1957 tornado. Everything was always a learning process. His tenure in Hillsdale will be remembered by many as he touched the lives of nearly everyone in town and in the countryside.

Don Everhart Mar 11 2022 9:00 AM

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