A mighty spirit in a tiny package, Phyllis was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, the oldest daughter of John and Melva Drought. She grew up in Southern Wisconsin and graduated from Janesville High School.
Phyllis married Vern Oechsle at the First Christian Church, Janesville, WI, on Friday, July 13, 1973, together they expanded the family, traveled the world, giggled, cried and loved. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Phyllis enjoyed her life. She was a talented artist, an avid sailor, gardener and a genealogist who loved to read. She enjoyed bowling and board games, liked to share her many gifts with the community at large. She was actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Barbara Bush Foundation, New Neighbors, Boy Scouts, Family and Childrens Services and numerous community organizations.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Melva Drought, brothers, Philip, James, Robert, Roger, Harold and David Drought, sister, Ruth Kennedy and her son-in-law, Richard Reed.
Survivors: Husband, Vern Oechsle; Children, Vickie (Crall) Doerr, Granbury, TX, Christina Crall-Reed, Tampa, Fl, Steven Crall, Raleigh, N.C., Mathew Oechsle of Ohio and Liana Oechsle, Granbury, TX; grandchildren, Kelby and Bailey Reed, Chrissie Pecaro, Sarah Robbins, Taylor Crall, Blake and Brandon Marquez, Nicole Oechsle, Mason, Logan and Rachel Oechsle; four great-grandchildren; and Siblings, Patrica McKeown, Mary Crichton, Cathy Brown, Barbara Rowin, Michael Drought, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many many friends.