Eric Frank Oster, age 60, of Miles City passed away peacefully on January 7, 2020 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. His loving family was by his side.
Eric was the first of four children of Charles and Gail Oster. He grew up on the family ranch near Ismay, Montana. He enjoyed many activities on the ranch to include driving tractors, motorcycles and the old Hoopster pickup.
Eric attended Cottonwood Elementary school for grades 1-8. He started High School at Custer County but transferred and graduated from Plevna High School in 1977. He lettered in basketball while attending Plevna High School.
On December 2, 1994 Eric and Cheryl Petitt were married. With this marriage, Eric gained a son Lance, and later Leroy Eric and Angel Ashley joined the family. Even though he was a man of few words, his family was his greatest joy until his death.
Eric worked for numerous ranches throughout his lifetime as well as the Wacker feedlot . He also worked for Carlson’s Machine Shop as a mechanic. The last years of his life, before his illness forced him to retire, he worked for the Custer County Road Department. He thoroughly enjoyed his job at the road department as he was able to see and visit past neighbors and friends.
Eric was a proud member of the Miles City Jaycees, and of the local motorcycle group the B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S.
Eric is survived by his loving family; Leroy Eric, Angel Ashley, sisters Sherry (Tom) and Terri (Mike) and brother Charlie. Eric has numerous aunts and uncles as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. Eric is also survived by Cheryl, Roy and Barb Petitt, in-laws until the end. Eric has many friends that will also miss him dearly.
Eric was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gail, his stepson Lance Nass along with many relatives.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of Eric’s doctors and nurses that helped him on his journey but particularly his “Angels on Earth” all of his wonderful hospice nurses to include Amanda, Melissa, Kelly, Nikki, Holly and Mary Beth. Thank you all for loving him so deeply and giving him the very best care. The family is forever grateful.
Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary Hospice, the motorcycle club; or to a charity of one’s choice.