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School receives former custodian's lasting gift

March 10, 2011
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LAWRENCE, KS — Richard Oshel''s nickname was Mr. O: That''s how the kids at Kennedy School knew him during his more than 20 years as a custodian at the school, according to LJWorld.

Oshel died at age 88 in November, but his presence will continue to be felt at the school, the article noted.

One of his last wishes was that his military flag be donated to the school, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, the article stated.

According to the article, five generations of Oshel''s family presented the flag to Kennedy''s library, a wish Oshel expressed once he started getting sick.

Oshel earned his flag serving in the U.S. Army during World War II; he was stationed in Italy and Germany, but being at the school was his dream job: He had to drop out of school during the Great Depression, and he understood the importance of an education, the article added.

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