Roy Oscarson; Executive, Mormon Leader

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Roy W. Oscarson, a retired business executive and leader for many years in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, died Friday (May 10, 1996) at his home in Frontenac after suffering from cancer. He was 87.

Mr. Oscarson, who was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, was executive vice president and a board member of Edison Brothers Stores Inc. in St. Louis when he retired in 1974. He joined the company in 1932 as a retail salesman and rose to the executive ranks in the 1950s and 1960s. After coming to the St. Louis area in 1943, he became instrumental in the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints here from one congregation to more than 40 congregations.

In the 1960s, he was appointed honorary consul for Sweden by the Swedish government. He received the Order of North Star and was made a knight by the king of Sweden. In recent years, he was chairman of the ground-breaking committee of the Mormon Church's new temple on North Outer Road (Highway 40) in Town and County. …