Obermeyer, Paul Wesley
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age 85, of Scottsdale Arizona, passed away on March 25, 2014 at the Ryan House,
, as a result of an extended battle with cancer. Paul was born on August 21, 1928 in Evanston Illinois to Verga (Tillman) Obermeyer and Paul Henry Obermeyer. He had one full brother Jerry Richard Obermeyer and two half-siblings born to Verga (Tillman) Kallemyn and Manford Kallemyn; Jim Kallemyn and Claudia Beth Kallemyn (Martin). He was raised in Lincoln Nebraska through the depression and WWII. Paul worked many jobs growing up, as well as being involved in swimming, diving, football, Bass playing, and chorus. In September 1946, one year after WWII ended, Paul first entered the military. He spent two years in active duty in the Army (82nd Airborne Division), then went on to active reserve as a Staff Sergeant at the age of 19. Paul married Barbara Hicks on August 6,1950 in Stanton Nebraska. Six weeks after their marriage Paul was called to active duty in the Korean War. Upon returning to attend Officer's Candidate School, Paul chose a civilian life for his family's sake, going on to graduate in Sociology/Economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He went on to finish his studies at Drew Theological Seminary. Although his calling as a full-time Methodist minister was short-lived, he upheld his high standards and was true to his faith throughout his long life of varied business ventures. Among other businesses, he was instrumental in PBSW and American Seating Company- designing, producing, and installing the seating in Grady Gammage Auditorium and Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Arizona, and the Performing Arts building in Milwaukee Wisconsin, as well as redesigning and installing seating at Chicago's Wrigley Field. During the last 25 years of his business life, he was completely devoted to developing and expanding Ping Golf Company through marketing, designing, coaching, and product research and development. Paul lived during these 25 years (and to the present time) in Scottsdale Arizona. Paul was an avid reader and soaked up knowledge through his studies, often passing on what he learned to those around him. He helped many of those he coached not only with their golf aspirations but with their personal lives as well, keeping his calling in the ministry alive in his associations. He also had a lifetime love of classical and other good music, which his family remembers often playing throughout his home. Those of us who knew Paul well will remember him as a complex, interesting man of integrity who fought for what was right and was true to his principles at all times. Paul is survived by his wife Barbara (Bobbie) Obermeyer and son Paul James Obermeyer of Scottsdale Arizona, and his daughter Lori (Obermeyer) Aslanian and son-in-law Paul Aslanian of Prescott Arizona. He is also survived by his grandchildren David Aram Aslanian of Mountain View California and his wife Emily Sandford Miller, Michael Zaven Aslanian of Provo Utah, Vienna Lee Aslanian of Phoenix Arizona, and Luke Obermeyer Aslanian of Prescott Arizona. Other survivors include his brother Jim Kallemyn of Lincoln Nebraska and niece Linda Brennan of Lincoln, Nebraska. A memorial service will be held for Paul on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Messinger Mortuary- 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale Arizona. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
- 110 W Merrill, Phoenix Arizona. Please call Lori Obermeyer Aslanian at 928-710-8169 for more information. We greatly appreciate the kind support offered by friends and family during the past few months. As Paul once wrote "We need independent, positive, strong-willed intelligence, on fire, every day, tenacious commitment, put forth by people such as you..." May we all take his words to heart
7601 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 30, 2014