FREDERICK DeCROES OBENCHAIN
Of Manassas, VA, passed away peacefully November 1, 2013. Born in Indiana to the late Howard S. and Anne D. Obenchain, Fred graduated from Wabash College and earned a PhD at Ohio State University
. At OSU, he met his wife of more than 40 years; together they have always championed scientific research and education.
After teaching at Georgia Southern College, Dr. Obenchain spent six years with an international science organization in Africa and then as R&D director for a natural pest control firm in Manassas. In additional to operating their own consulting firm, Fred loved teaching biology and zoology at Northern Virginia Community College's Manassas Campus for 21 years. Outside the lab and classroom, Fred was an amazing cook and a loving son, brother, father, uncle, friend, and husband. He helped establish swimming as a recognized sport in Prince William County high schools, was a member of the Manassas Lion's Club, alumni leader for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, avid recruiter and fan of Wabash College, puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and engaged member of the Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association.
Fred was preceded in death by his mother (Langley HS English teacher), father, and sister Jeanne A. Webb (James Madison HS & NVCC English teacher). He is survived by his wife, B-J Ellis; brother, Robert L. Obenchain of Carmel, IN; son, Howard E. "Obie" Obenchain of Cincinnati, OH; and beloved in-laws, nephews and nieces.
Memorial services will be Saturday, November 16 at 1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas, VA 20110 with a reception to follow. Memorial donations in Fred's name may be made to: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Canine Development, Attn: Nancy Lothrop (FDO), 611 Granite Spring Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or at www.guiding-eyes.org
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