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Norman Lee Oyster

Norman Lee Oyster,

81, of Salem, passed away on December 27, 2022 at McCrea Manor in Alliance, Ohio after a prolonged illness. Prior to Salem, he lived in Maximo, Ohio his entire childhood and much of his adult life.

Norman was born in Maximo on May 5, 1941 to Russell T. Oyster and Twila M. (Kandel) Oyster. He shared many stories of his childhood spent working on the family farm with his grandparents. He later graduated from Alliance High School in 1960. Norman went on to work for Hercules Engines/White Motors as a production expediter in the manufacturing of engines for military vehicles.  He worked there for nearly 30 years.  He also owned rental properties in the Stark County area for many years.

Norman married his first wife, Evelyn Jean (Acomb) Richards in 1968.  He remarried on July 14, 1994 to Doris “Jean” (Lawlis) Oyster who passed away in 2019.  Together, Norman and Jean were active members of the First United Methodist Church of Salem.

Norman taught himself to play the harmonica and guitar and later picked up the dulcimer which he and his wife played with their church dulcimer club. He was an avid tinkerer and enjoyed working on his cars, yard and gardening work, snow blowing for the neighbors, attending antique car shows and collecting model trains. He also enjoyed traveling by RV.  For anyone who knew him, you knew he could talk your ear off and couldn’t help but give loved ones endearing nicknames.  One of his greatest joys in life was to affectionately tease the ones he loved.

Norman is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Twila, grandchild, Thomas Scott Johnson and his wife Jean.

Norman is survived by his brothers, Jerry (Inga) Oyster of Pensacola, FL and Jay (Barb) Oyster of Alliance; daughter, Norma Butcher of Canton; sons, Kevin Oyster of Louisville and Gordon (Angel) Oyster of Canton; daughter, Marianne (Timm) Drexler of Durham, NC; grandchildren, Ashley Johnson, Michael Johnson, Tiffany (Tyler) Atwell, Kari Andric, Jessica Butcher, Lauren Drexler and Jenna Drexler; 5 great-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Rascal “floppy ears”.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  If you would like to honor him, please consider a donation to the Columbiana County Humane Society (Salem) or the First United Methodist Church of Salem. Condolences and special memories of Norman can be shared with his family online at

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