Robert Leon ‘Bob’ Oyler
Robert Leon “Bob” Oyler died peacefully in his sleep on May 6, 2022, at Upland Hills Hospital. He was 78. Bob was born in Jackson, MS and was adopted by John and Catherine (Beckley) Oyler of Indianapolis, IN. Bob was an only child.
Bob grew up in the city but often spent time on his grandparents’ farm, which sparked his lifelong love of animals. In high school, Bob was involved in the Golf Team, Senior Council, Concert Band & Orchestra, Latin Club and was very proud to have been the Drum Major of the marching band at Arsenal Technical High School. After graduation in 1962, Bob attended Butler University on a full scholarship for being the Editor-in-Chief and the Chief Photographer of the Butler “Drift” Yearbook. In addition to his yearbook activities, Bob was also a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Bob graduated from Butler University in 1966 with B.S. in Sociology. Bob then moved to Wisconsin to attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating with his M.S. in Sociology, Bob went on to be a very successful entrepreneur. Bob owned several successful businesses in the Madison area throughout his life, including Life style Staffing, The Employer Group and Capital City Harley Davidson.
While Bob was a proud businessman, he believed his most important accomplishment in his life was being a father to his three daughters. Bob raised his first two daughters, Kelly and Stephanie, in Sauk Prairie, WI as a single dad in a time when that was very rare. After retiring in 2013, Bob dedicated his time to co-parenting his third daughter, Mia in Dodgeville, WI and fostering their shared love of horses and barrel racing. Bob also appreciated the many friendships he made and was proud to have connected with so many people in the Southern Wisconsin community over his lifetime.
Bob is survived by his three daughters: Kelly Oyler (Zachary Farrar), Stephanie Oyler, and Mia Schroeder-Oyler, as well as his beloved dogs Sam and Oscar. Bob is preceded in death by his father, John Oyler, and mother, Catherine Oyler.
Bob’s daughters would like to thank the wonderful staff at Upland Hills, Meriter Hospital, Wisconsin Rehabilitation Hospital, and Crestridge Memory Care for taking such great care of their dad during the last 15 months of his life.
A visitation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona. A time to share memories will follow the visitation from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Stroke Association or the Spirit Horse Equine Rescue.
To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
220 Enterprise Drive
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