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In loving memory of
Edward V. “Ed” Oathout
  • June 05, 1933
  • -
  • October 28, 2020

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Edward (Ed) Vance Oathout passed away at home on October 28.  He and his wife moved to The Villages 21 years ago from MN.  In 2011 he had a stroke which ended his ability to play golf, so he focused on painting watercolors, and became adept at painting with his left hand instead of his right.  Life was different but still good for 9 more years until the end of his life.  Ed was a member of the Villages Art Association and The Villages Stroke Support Group. He is survived by Judy, his wife of 37 years and their combined 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren, his brother, and 4 nephews.

Ed was a proud Cornhusker, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree at Omaha U, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as navigator in a KC-135 Boeing Stratotanker for 7 years.  Following that he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of NE and practiced architecture in Des Moines IA and in Minneapolis, MN.

A celebration of life service will be held, as well as live streamed, on November 12 at 11:00 a.m. at New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages.  The streaming option can be accessed on the church’s website: www.ncumcfl.com.   Click on “Events” at the top; then click on “Celebrations of Life” to find the post for Edward Oathout. The service will be available to view for 30 days afterwards.  COVID protocols will apply to those who choose to attend in person (masks and distancing).  Unfortunately, there can be no receiving line, nor reception afterwards.  Condolences, however, may be left here on the Tribute Wall.

If desired, memorial contributions can be made in Ed’s name to Amedisys Foundation at 3854 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 (parent company of Compassionate Care Hospice, which cared for him so wonderfully), or to New Covenant U.M.C. at 3470 Woodridge Drive, The Villages, FL 32162.


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  1. 13 Nov 2020
    Alyson says:
    Fray Judy and the entire family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Although we only met Ed a couple times, we remember him so fondly and have always enjoyed hearing Brent and his family speak so highly of him.

    Thinking of you,
    Mark and Aly Katz

  2. 12 Nov 2020
    Jane Pack says:
    Very sorry for your loss.
    Jane Pack

  3. 08 Nov 2020
    Richard M Oathout lit a candle:
    Lit since November 8, 2020 at 11:30:37 PM

  4. 08 Nov 2020
    Mary Pat Kinney says:
    Judy, sorry for your loss. I didn’t know about his background, so appreciated reading the obit. As a fellow artist, I was always impressed with his work. Hugs.

  5. 07 Nov 2020
    Dianne & Tony Marchegiani says:
    We are sorry to hear of Ed's passing, we pray you find comfort in The Lord and knowing Ed is in a better place.

  6. 07 Nov 2020
    Dennis and Randi Luoto says:
    To Judy and entire family -

    I send my sympathy on the loss of a good man. You can be proud of the life Ed lived. It is always uplifting to hear of someone who, stricken with some misfortune as Ed’s stroke was for him, finds and pursues another path - in Ed’s case watercolors, so as to keep on doing, creating and enjoying life.

    We will join the streaming service from our new home in Seattle.

    Thinking of you, Judy.

    Dennis and Randi Luoto

  7. 06 Nov 2020
    Dennis and Jewel Tweeten says:
    God Bless

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