Oehlschlager met J.C. in Oklahoma City, and they were married two years later in Houston. They will celebrate their 40th anniversary next month.
In 1975, they moved to Norman so J.C. could attend OU to pursue her master’s degree.
As always, Oehlschlager immediately got involved in the city. He joined the chamber of commerce and became an ambassador, calling on new and prospective members. Always a supporter of the arts, he also got involved in Norman’s Firehouse Art Center.
At age 69, he resumed playing golf, joined The Trails and, at 71, he shot his age, “something that golfers like to brag about.” He continued to shoot his age every year after that until her gave up the game at 95.
In his 100 years, Oehlschlager has seen a lot of changes. He’s quick to say that technology is the most important one, affecting the lives of nearly everyone from toddlers to great-grandfathers.
Thirty-five family members are here this weekend from Canada, England, Costa Rica and the United States to help him celebrate a century of life well-lived.
They include three sons and their wives, Cameron “Cam” and Lilly Oehlschlager of Costa Rica, Keith and Janis Oehlschlager of Murrell’s Inlet, S.C., and Eric Egdorf and Tamara Madden of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a daughter and her husband, Kerry Egdorf and Scott Schenke of Milwaukee, Wisc.; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The celebrating doesn’t stop today. Oehlschlager will be honored Tuesday at the Norman Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at First American Bank, 570 24th Ave. NW.
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