Arthur W. Oberschelp, 82, Fort Myers Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, from complications following heart surgery.
Art, son of the late John Oberschelp and wife Anna, was born in 1931, in St. Louis, the youngest of five children. Art grew up in north St. Louis, where he graduated from Riverview Gardens High School. After graduation, he became a tool and die maker, working for many years at the Washington University engineering school. In 1972, he founded Toolco, a successful tool and die manufacturer in Union, where he was active until his death. Art and his wife, Judy, enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren at their home at the Lake of the Ozarks. Upon taking semi-retirement in 1997, Art and Judy bought a winter home in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where they spent many happy winters. Art and Judy loved to travel, enjoying RV adventures to Alaska, California and New England with their RV friends. Art was an avid outdoorsman, fly-fishing at Montauk, and boating and fishing at both the Lake of the Ozarks and the Gulf of Mexico. Art enjoyed working with his hands and could fix anything that was broken. He will be greatly missed by Judy, his family and friends.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Oberschelp. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Judy Oberschelp, Fort Meyers Beach Fla.; four children, John Oberschelp and wife Lisa, San Francisco, Calif., Christine Krone and husband Lester, and Jennifer Potashnick and husband Mark, all of Chesterfield; and Edwin Oberschelp and wife Melinda, Washington; two stepchildren, Jeff Metcalf and wife Patch, Union, and Jennifer Flanders and husband Steve, Imperial; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Zachary, Alexander, Hans, Mason, Nikki, Thomas, Rebecca, Harper and Hadley; mother-in-law, Maxine Richter, Union; stepmother-in-law, Myrtle Jarvis, Union; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
A celebration of life was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 29, at Oltmann Funeral Home, Union, with the Rev. Greg Cross officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Salam Center for Cardiac Surgery (www.emergencyusa.org
) or a charity of donor's choice.
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The Oberschelp family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.