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David Joseph Oberting

David Joseph Oberting Obituary
David Joseph Oberting 66, Carmel, IN, passed away suddenly on June 10, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents William F. and Olga (Wernsing) Oberting and siblings Bill, Herb and Audrey (Oberting) Higgins. David grew up on the Eastside of Indianapolis, graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes grade school in 1953. He was in the first class at Scecina Memorial High School, where he was an outstanding athlete lettering in many sports. From there he attended Purdue, eventually graduating with a BS and MS from Butler University. Sports and coaching were his passion and he coached football at both Scecina and Arlington high schools, before joining the Butler University football staff and coaching until 1978. David decided it was time for a career move and became involved in the executive recruiting business and remained in that field until his retirement in 2004. Instead of coaching athletes, he became outstanding at coaching recruiters. In his business career, he attained the highest goals among his peers and often received the highest honors. This career spanned the major cities in Ohio, including Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. He returned to Indy in 1998, where he had enjoyed a partnership with George Ceryak until present. David was an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a particular affinity for sailing. Golf, swimming and reading were his major hobbies. He coached his sons in their youth and taught his wife how to play golf. There will be a gaping hole in the lives of his wife of 38 years, Karen (Michaelis) Oberting and sons David (Lisa) and Matthew (Stacey) and granddaughter Ava Marie. He will be missed by his sisters and their spouses Roseanne and Tommy Sergi and Helene and Bud Ashby, as well as his brothers-in-law Tom Michaelis and Mike (Mary) Michaelis. Good friends, especially Dave Felts, Buzz Ward, Ray Koers, Mark Jamison, Nick Walker, Bill Kuntz, Bill Sylvester, Mike Kolbus and Spike Ford will feel the void. He leaves several nieces including Rosemarie (Tom) Quill and Margaret (Bob) Robisch; nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A special thanks goes to his angels Bob and Lisa Fowler. Coach Oberting was a very active volunteer for the Mental Health Association of Marion County, currently serving on its board. He also was active in CYO and Scecina High School Alumni activities. Memorial contributions may be made to any of the above organizations. Calling will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 13 in Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 in St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 13, 2005
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