Charles G. Oberdier
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RICHWOOD: Charles G. Oberdier, 70, of Richwood, died peacefully Saturday evening March 1, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving and devoted family.
He was born February 16, 1944 in Richwood to the late James Garrett and Eva Irene (Fields) Oberdier, he was also predeceased by three brothers: Jimmy, Carl and Herbert Oberdier.
Charles was a 1963 graduate of the Richwood High School, veteran of the Army, serving in Vietnam. He received numerous medals: Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (Gold Star), Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal (16 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Gallantry Cross (Bronze Star).
He had worked at the former Belmar Parts in Marysville for 7 years, owned and operated a tree trimming service for many years. He was a very talented jack of all trades, he was a farmer, mechanic, worked construction and enjoyed woodworking.
Charles had a wonderful relationship with many families within the local Amish community. He loved horses and helped many young people with their 4-H projects at the local fairs. He enjoyed the Gas and Steam Engine part of the Richwood Fair and was an active part of the Calvin's Fall Harvest Festival.
He was known in his part of the world as "the best neighbor" always willing to lend a hand, also he enjoyed telling stories and was a true role model and teacher for many. Charles had a good Faith in God.
The true center of his life was his entire family, his grandkids were his pride and joy.
On April 22, 1967 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Marion he married Wilma G. (Moore) and she survives; also surviving are three daughters: Cindy (David Swagler) Oberdier of Ashley, Pamela (Jeff) Webb of Richwood and Sherry (Jason) Ellis of Marion; seven grandchildren: Robbie and Kayla Oberdier, Gabbie "Maddie" and Garrett Schilling, Hailee, Tyler, and Jason James Ellis; two step-grandchildren: Samantha and Stephanie Webb; great grandson: Charlie Oberdier and step great grandchild: Nevaeh Howard; two sisters: Marilyn Hedges of Delaware and Evelyn (Dale) Benedict of Marysville; special extended family from North Carolina: Layton (Rosalee) Booker, Kenny (Gwen) Booker and Cindy (Huey) Priest and families; other special friends: Lynn (Jan) Oldham, many Amish families, Tracy Schilling and Benjamin Acker.
Friends may call Thursday March 6, 2014 from 3-7 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood, where funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 am. There will be veteran services conducted by the Richwood Area veterans at the funeral home, burial will follow in the Price Cemetery, Rev. David M. DiPietro will officiate.
Memorial Gifts may be made to the Richwood Independent Fair c/o The Richwood Banking Company at 28 N. Franklin St., Richwood, Ohio 43344 for the purpose of a horse arena and a porch on the Log Cabin.
Remembrances and condolences may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com
Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home
201 S Franklin St Richwood, OH 43344
Published in the Marion Star on Mar. 3, 2014