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Paul R. Oestry

May 31, 2019
Paul R. Oestry
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Paul R. Oestry, age 91, born in Downers Grove, IL and a resident of Naperville, IL since 1951, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Sunrise Naperville North in Naperville.

Beloved husband of the late Janet L. Oestry (nee Brown), whom he married October 6, 1951 and who preceded him in death on March 30, 1997, lovingly devoted father of Linda Oestry Richardson of Glen Carbon, IL and Nancy (Ray) Tyl of Montgomery, IL, adored grandfather of Reed and Juliana Richardson and Jennifer Tyl, devoted son of the late Paul H. and Viola A. (nee Bolten) Oestry, dear brother of the late David L. Oestry, brother-in-law of Joan Oestry Carpenter, fond uncle of many, including James Oestry, Sandra (Dave) Doubek and Lee (Dan) Neils, cousin, great-uncle, great-great uncle and a loyal friend to many including his dogs and parrot.

Paul grew up in Downers Grove and was a 1946 graduate of Downers Grove High School. He began a long career in the automotive trade working for the local Pontiac and Buick dealerships while in high school. In 1947, Paul bought the future site of Oestry Motor Company at 655 N. Washington St., Naperville and opened for business on September 15, 1953 specializing in automotive repair, restoration and car sales.

Blessed with an excellent memory, Paul was a reservoir of old stories and a source of wise advice. Paul had the innate ability to repair most anything. Generous with his time and expertise, he enjoyed assisting friends with the restoration of antique autos and a variety of airplanes.

In addition to automobiles, Paul had a lifelong love of aviation. An avid pilot, he was a longtime member of the Naper Aero Club, The Antique Airplane Association, Inc. and The Experimental Aircraft Association.

Paul was also interested in the lapidary arts and enjoyed cutting gems stones and making jewelry for family and friends. He was an enthusiastic collector of rocks, minerals and fossils and enjoyed collecting them with his family.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 7, 2019, 3:00-9:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL.

A celebration of Paul's life will be held Saturday, June 8, 11:00 AM in the funeral home.

Interment: Naperville Cemetery, Naperville, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul's memory may be made to:

Experimental Aircraft Association, c/o EAA Aviation Foundation, Inc., PO Box 3816, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3816, 800-236-1025,


American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, 1-800-AHA-USA-1,


Naperville Area Humane Society, 1620 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563, (630) 420-8989,

For more information, please visit or call (630) 355-0213.

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3:00 PM 6/7/2019 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 6/7/2019 9:00:00 PM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Celebration of Life




11:00 AM 6/8/2019 11:00:00 AM
Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home

44 S. Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
44 S. Mill St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Naperville Cemetery Final Resting Place

705 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540

705 S. Washington St. Naperville 60540 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Experimental Aircraft Association, c/o EAA Aviation Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 3816
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3816

American Heart Association

7272 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75231

Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W Diehl Rd
Naperville, IL 60563

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