Oscar Niebes

FAIRBORN — Oscar "Flash" Niebes, age 91 of Fairborn, passed away Monday July 14, 2014. Oscar was born on March 7, 1923 near Luzerne, Iowa, the son of the late Elmer and Irma (Kallsen) Niebes. He graduated in 1940 from Belle Plaine High School where – as a quarterback on the football team – he earned the nickname "Flash". Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Marshall Islands between 1942 and 1945. On May 13, 1945, he wed Dorothy Ann Kucera and remained married over 67 years. After his discharge, he enrolled at St. Louis University's Parks College graduating with a bachelor degree in aircraft maintenance engineering. At Parks, he was commissioned a second lieutenant [USAF Reserve], eventually being assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB. Oscar resigned his commission in 1953 and joined the Civil Service as a flight test program planner. His career spanned more than 44 years before he retired. He received the "Outstanding Civilian" award by the Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association in 1982. A resident of Fairborn for 62 years, Oscar was very active in civic affairs. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, PTA boards, president of high school athletic club, and Kittyhawk Rose Society. In 1980, Oscar and Dorothy received the Dedication of Service plaque for the Fairborn Rex Aukerman Classic Relays. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann, brother Emlyn and sister Marian Merritt. He is survived by three sons, David (Terri) Niebes of Peachtree City, GA, Alan (Toni) Niebes of Houston and William Niebes of Fairborn; five grandchildren, Jonathan (Katie) Niebes, Heather (Edward) Sherwood, Matthew Niebes, Allison (Matt) Niebes-Davis, Ryan Niebes; and three great-grandchildren, Tristan, Molly and Jaxson. The funeral service and burial will be held privately by the family. A public gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday July 18 from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. in the American Legion Dignam-Whitmore Post 526, 526 Legion Lane, Fairborn. Memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of Dayton, the Boy Scouts of America Tecumseh Council, or Fairborn City Schools Athletics. Arrangements in care of Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn. Condolences may be made to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com.

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Belton Stroup Funeral Home
422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road Fairborn, OH 45324
Published in Xenia Daily Gazette from July 15 to July 16, 2014