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William J. Oberle

April 19, 1943 ~ September 24, 2019 (age 76)


William Joseph Oberle passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at St. Anthony’s hospital in Rockford, Illinois.  He was born in St. Genevieve Missouri to his beloved parents, the late Cornelius John and Frances (McBride) Oberle. He was a brother to Jan, Tim, and the late Michael Oberle.  He was married to Carol for over 22 years which produced three children, Bryan, Christine, and Carey. His grandchildren are Dana, Renee, Amanda, John, Aidan, Nicole, and Dylan. His great grandchildren are Jack, Ethan, Charlotte, McKenna, and Everly.  He eventually relocated to Florida where he met and married his second and now deceased wife, Valerie, and was grandfather to Heather.  His daughter Christine, her husband Craig, his best friend Jim and his wife Diane were with William when he passed.  


William grew up in Festus and graduated from Festus High School. He was a talented athlete and a good friend to many. He served in the Air Force then went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. The majority of his professional career as a CPA was dedicated to Sears in downtown Chicago.  He also enjoyed running his place in Elgin, Bill’s Tavern, with lifelong best friend, Jim Murray. 


William loved to cook, made a mean pot of chili, and enjoyed watching Rachel Ray. He loved everything football, was an avid hunter, and enjoyed fishing. He loved dogs, especially his beloved Katy the basset. He was a generous man who frequently donated to organizations such as Pony Bird, St. Jude’s, and many Catholic charities. 


A private service will be held with immediate family at his final resting place, Sacred Heart Cemetery in Crystal City Missouri. In lieu of cards and flowers, please make donations in William’s name to Pony Bird at 1 Pony Lane Mapaville, Missouri 63065.

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