My husband Bob and I were sent by the Church of the Brethren to Ankleshvar, India, in 1988. Our family included our two daughters, Heidi and Anna Lisa, ages 7 and 5. I thought I was prepared for culture shock, leaving our home in rural Indiana and traveling to India. Ha!
After just 2 or 3 weeks at the Rural Service Centre, director Idrak Din suggested that we travel to Hyderabad to meet the Oswalts at ICRISAT. Even though I love Indian food, after a few weeks of that, it was such a treat to be served tuna casserole, corn muffins, beets and broccoli! Dallas and Jean welcomed us warmly; it was reassuring to meet folks who had lived in India for years and seemed to be enjoying it!
May you feel the peace of God's presence as you share in good memories. I give thanks for Dallas' well-lived life and his many contributions in Africa and India.
I met Dallas and Jean at Living Peace Church in the 90's. My favorite memories of Dallas are more recent. During the past few years,the two of us would share a meal at his favorite Chinese buffett and he would share stories of his travels around the World. I loved hearing these stories and he never ceased to amaze me with the richness of his life experiences.
We have so many wonderful memories of Dallas throughout the years at Trinity/Living Peace Church. His quiet, constant presence in our church is missed so much! Anytime we were lucky enough to sit with him at an event and hear stories of his life, it was such a treat! We miss him dearly!
I met Dr Oswalt (I always called him Dr Oswalt) and his family at ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India, where we both worked. He was always respected as someone who took his job very seriously. I admired his wife Jean and remember her wide and warm smile, and am friends with his son Kris. I truly wish I had known about Dr Oswalt's varied talents while he was still in Hyderabad, so that we could have appreciated him more. Nevertheless, I thank Kris for those interesting and informative stories in the recent past. Besides his official duties, Dr Oswalt was also a God-fearing and upright person, and generously spent some of his free time on Sundays to conduct religious services for those who lived too far away from a church. May God grant him eternal rest.
Uncle Dallas (and Aunt Jean) were so important in our lives. When we were first married (over 51 years ago), we lived near them in Lafayette, Indiana. Uncle Dallas was getting his Doctorate Degree while Don was getting his undergraduate degree at Purdue University. I taught high school near Aunt Jean's elementary. When our daughter, Elisa, arrived we moved off campus to a house a block away from them. Karen and Kris were in high school and Karen was a great babysitter and Uncle Dallas and Aunt Jean were wonderful local "grandparents". Even though Don was in the U.S. Navy, he and Uncle Dallas became lifelong friends and Dallas was a wonderful mentor to Don. Elisa was in Karen and Bob's wedding - another wonderful memory.
We always admired Uncle Dallas's choice to serve others by teaching in foreign lands, to improve the lives of so many and to always serve our Lord and Savior. He was such an inspiration to us and his legacy will live on through his many selfless acts of love and kindness to all he met and taught.
We feel very blessed and fortunate that we got to know Dallas and Jean in 1977. Dallas was a great scientist, friend and very kind person to all. During the training program that he conducted every year at ICRISAT, India, he helped many students from Africa and Latin America learn about Agriculture. Dallas and Jean were very dear friends to us, they were very much family. Our children had great love for them, and we cherish the many memories of their generous love. They will both be missed immensely. May God have them in their glory.