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Charles Fulton 'Tony' Oursler, Jr, 84, of Nyack Resident

Charles Fulton Oursler Jr.
Charles Fulton Oursler Jr. Photo Credit: Hannemann Funeral Home

NYACK, N.Y. -- Charles Fulton "Tony" Oursler Jr., of Nyack, died on Sept. 18. He was 84.

Oursler was born Massachusetts and graduated from Georgetown University. He joined Reader's Digest in 1956. In 1964, he completed his father's unfinished autobiography, "Behold This Dreamer." When he retired from Reader's Digest in 1986, he was executive editor-in-chief and vice president. In 1992, Oursler joined Guideposts Magazine as editor-in-chief.

He was instrumental in founding Angels on Earth, a magazine devoted to first-person stories about encounters with angels. During his career, he worked with many writers, including James Mitchner, Cornelius Ryan, Charles Lindbergh and Edward J. Epstein. He was especially proud of his extensive work on "Roots" with Alex Haley.

Oursler is survived by his wife, Noel Nevill Oursler; daughters, Theresa Oursler and Carroll Oursler Veltrop; sons Tony, Mark and James Oursler; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents, Fulton Oursler Sr. and Grace Perkins Oursler, and by his sister, April Oursler Armstrong.

Visiting hours will be from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Hannemann Funeral Home, 88 South Broadway, in Nyack. A mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Saint Ann's Church, 16 Jefferson St., in Nyack.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Marydell Faith and Life Center, 640 North Midland Ave., in Nyack.

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