12 Oct 2015
Ghosthunter David Robert Oester passed away October 1st, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada.
Announcement from his children:
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that David Robert Oester passed away October 1st, 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada.
Born March 1, 1948, son to Raleigh Oester and Hazel Bandeen in Portland, Oregon.
Dave Oester was a man who pursued many dreams in his life. He was a ghost hunter, inventor, Reiki master, spiritual teacher, self-published author and publisher, USMC veteran, explorer, accountant, wildcatter, minister, lecturer, and dowser.
Yet it was his last adventure that had the most tragic and final outcome.
Following the death of his beloved wife of 22 years in January 2014, Dave Oester worked to rebuild his life. He fell victim to Catfishing (an intentionally misleading romantic internet dating scheme) involving an international inheritance scam that would lead him over the course of a year and a half to his death.
Dave, thinking that he had found someone who would love, appreciate and need him, ended up selling his house and all his worldly possessions, liquidating his retirement savings and drawing funds from his personal credit cards to send to his new “soulmate,” who promised him they would be together as soon as she could pay for family medical bills and farming costs. He gave her everything with her promise they'd receive her families inheritance to live on.
Dave died alone in a hostel, unable to pay for his diabietes medication or enough food to keep his body functioning and his family is grieving his loss and the tragic way he died.
As we work to bring Dave to his final rest we would like to reach out to anyone who Dave has helped, touched, taught or inspired in the past.
We have set up agofundmeaccount to help pay for costs involved for his cremation and final resting place; any assistance will be greatly appreciated during this trying time.
Dave was a living example that dreams are worth striving for even when there are those who would laugh or deride them. It is your happiness and that of those that you love that is a better measure of success rather than what society at large has decided it should be. He was never afraid to try something new. He looked for ways to believe the impossible. He gave us all a great sense of adventure and the idea that there is more to this life than what we are told. We will never forget the impact he had on our lives, shaping us into the people we are today.
Dave is survived by his five children, Joanna Wilbur, Andrew Oester, David Oester, Sarah Thompson and Carolina Forni. As well as his two younger brothers, Richard and Steven Oester.
Rest in Peace, Dad. Thank you for the memories that will stay with us a lifetime.
With Deep Regrets,
Carrie, Joanna, David, Sarah and Andy (The Oester Kids)