Paul Allen Oestreich
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PAUL ALLEN OESTREICH
February 25, 1953 ~ May 7, 2013
Paul Oestreich left this earth on May 7, 2013 after a long illness. He was blessed with a loving family and a rich life.
Paul Allen Oestreich was born Feb. 25, 1953 in Fredericksburg, Texas to Madeleine (Land) and Allen Chester Oestreich. Paul was named after his father and paternal grandfather. He graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1971.
Except for a short time away from home while attending college, he lived his entire life in Fredericksburg. Paul believed that Fredericksburg was a special place, and he devoted his life to serving the community he loved.
Paul was a policeman. He never wanted to be anything else. As a young man his dream was to be the chief of police in Fredericksburg. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southwest Texas State University, but even as a college student, he worked part-time for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
After graduation, he became a patrolman in Fredericksburg. Paul was involved with a narcotics task force and did undercover work for the 216th Judicial District. It was exciting and dangerous work.
In 1990, he left undercover work behind and returned to uniformed work. Then back in his hometown he worked his way through the ranks at Fredericksburg Police Department, becoming deputy chief in 1989, and chief of police in 1999. He was so proud to be called “Chief”.
Throughout the ups and downs in his life, Paul’s rock was his family. Paul married Peggy Beuershausen in 1981. Paul and Peggy raised their daughter, Carrie, and Peggy’s son, Bradley Steiner, in a house on Ufer Street, a short distance away from his parents. Paul saw his parents almost every day. No son had a greater love for his mom and dad. And Paul’s love for Carrie and Bradley knew no limits.
The only thing sweeter than being a parent is being a grandparent. Just the sight of Bradley’s children, Jackson, Ethan and Allison put a sparkle in Paul’s eye. They lifted his spirits when he was down. With them, he was never sad or troubled. He cherished their time together, and they thought their “Pau-Pau” was bigger than life.
Paul loved the outdoors. Deer season was the highlight of the year. The other eleven months were spent in anticipation of the annual hunt with Rick Hoerster.
Paul Oestreich is survived by his daughter, Carrie Oestreich; son, Bradley Steiner and his wife, Cynthia; ex-wife, Peggy Beuershausen Oestreich; parents, Allen and Madeleine Oestreich; two sisters, Joanne Klaerner and husband, Patrick, and Ginger Barr and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Jackson Steiner, Ethan Steiner and Allison Steiner; niece, Emily Klaerner; and nephews, Austin Klaerner and Joseph Barr.
A niece, Anna Barr, preceded him in death.
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” Psalms 119:50
Funeral services were held Monday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. J. Jason Fry and the Rev. Danielle Knapp officiating.
Judy Hickerson was the organist and the Rev. Lucinda Zesch, the vocalist.
Graveside services and interment with honors followed at Greenwood Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home.