Michael Oyler was a force of nature, who dedicated his life to doing good for his community. After serving in the US Army from 1975-1978, he obtained his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Maryland before pursuing a career with the FBI as a Special Agent. For 32 years he worked tirelessly, dedicated to doing 'bad things to bad people', while simultaneously helping and changing the lives of many of those he came across.
After retirement, his work was not done. Never one to sit idly by, he immediately began volunteering with the Red Cross as part of the Disaster Action Team, responding to fires and natural disasters in Kansas City and the United States. Often getting up in the middle of the night to respond to fires, Mike's favorite part was getting hugs from those he helped. As a military veteran, he also volunteered with Veteran's Court as a mentor.
In addition to the hundreds of fires he responded to during his volunteer work, some of his significant efforts with the Red Cross include hurricane relief in the Virgin Islands (Hurricanes Irma/Maria 2017), North Carolina (Hurricane Florence 2018), and Florida (Hurricane Michael 2018). In 2019, he assisted with the torrential flooding experienced in Craig, Missouri and the powerful tornado that hit Linwood and Lawrence, Kansas. In 2020, he gave much needed aid to over 140 families in St. Joseph, Missouri after a catastrophic flood hit the southern edge of this wonderful town.
At a recent Kansas City fire, a local reporter, who knew of his previous career, asked Mike what was the biggest difference in careers now. He told her that people are actually happy to see him when he comes to their residence now.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Mike's family would love for you to contribute to the Red Cross. Please contribute to his life's legacy of helping others and the community by donating and allowing his mission to carry on.