Obrecht, Robert W.
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Robert William Obrecht died on June 29, 2014 at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Connecticut. He was 92. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Edith Flynn Obrecht and by his parents William Obrecht, Harriet Petronek Obrecht and Ella Riggle Obrecht, as well as his brothers Erwin and Eldon Obrecht. Robert was born in Rolfe, Iowa on February 7, 1922. He was a proud graduate of the Iowa public school system and received his B.A. from the University of Iowa. Robert served in World War II as a Second Lieutenant in the 69th Tank Battalion of the 69th Armored Division and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Upon completion of active military duty he attended Columbia University School of Law and received his L.L.B. in 1949. The majority of his career was spent in the Law Department of what is now Exxon Corporation. A long time resident of Fairfield County Connecticut, Robert served on the Board of Education of the Weston Public Schools and was very active in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Westport, where he served on the Board and taught Sunday School. He was an active member of every community in which he lived. He is survived by his son, Robert William Obrecht, Jr., of Brooklyn, New York, his daughter Caroline E. Obrecht of Providence, Rhode Island and her husband Paul Cantor and his daughter Susan F. Obrecht-Granger and her husband Rod Granger of Manhattan, New York and by his four grandchildren: Nicholas and Sarah Cantor and Adam and Dylan Granger. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 19th at 11:00 AM at Meadow Ridge, 100 Redding Road, Redding, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Fortune Society, 29-76 Northern Blvd. Queens, NY, 11101.
Published in Westport News from July 9 to July 11, 2014