Richard L. Obenschain
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Richard Lee Obenschain, beloved husband and dad, passed into glory on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. His unexpected death is felt deeply by all who knew and loved him. Rich leaves behind his beloved wife, Katherine MacDonald Obenschain, with whom he shared life for 33 yearsand the two people of whom he was most proud in this world: his children, Tess Alexandra and Hunter James. Anyone who knew Rich, knew of his passion for Christian Outdoor Education. A graduate of Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary, Rich earned his Masters of Divinity, and was the Founder of the Lavida Ministry at Gordon College. Lavida was both his calling and his lifes work. A resident of Hamilton, MA, Rich grew up in Gatlinburg, Tennesee and Alexandria, Virginia. He was the son of James and Maxie Lee Obenschain (who both prede- ceased him). He is survived by his cherished siblings: Barbara Huggins and her husband, Claud (predeceased); Miriam Walka and her husband, Warren; Jim and his wife, Beth; David; and Dan and his wife, Susan. He also leaves his mother-in-law, Elinor MacDonald and was predeceased by his father-in-law, Jack MacDonald. He was a much loved brother-in-law to: Cheryl MacDonald; Laurel MacDonald Franz and her husband, Cal; John MacDonald and his wife, Carol; Mark MacDonald and his wife, Meg. He also leaves many wonder- ful nieces and nephews whose lives he influenced profoundly. An intentionally lived life, like Richs, touches many. Please join us for a Celeb- ration of Life Service at the AJ Gordon Memorial Chapel, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA, on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1pm. A private burial service is being held for his immediate family. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Richs name for the support of Lavidas ongoing ministry at Information, directions, condolences at

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Published in The Ipswich Chronicle from May 27 to Jun. 4, 2019.
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June 9, 2019
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Obie's family and friends. He and I were fraternity brothers at Lenoir-Rhyne College. He was much loved by all of our brothers. He had something special in the way he dealt with people. Sadly, we didn't talk much about faith back then, but the light of Christ was definitely shining through in Rich's life. May God hold each of you close in these trying times. Heaven is enriched by his presence, just as he enriched all of our lives on earth.
David Robertson
June 9, 2019
Obie was my friend and roommate at Lenoir Rhyne College around 1970. Although I had not seen him since College, I have many fond memories of him as a person and of the many activities we shared together. There was no outdoor activity that Obie was not an expert at, and he was an excellent athlete also. I never met any person that did not like him, he was just too good a person to ever have a conflict with and he would do anything for any person, friend or stranger. He was one of those few people that always did the right thing. I know without a doubt that he was an excellent husband and father, because he was not capable of doing anything less than his best. I can only imagine the positive influence he has been on the lives of those he has met since I last saw him, but I have no doubt that he touched thousands of people in a positive way. The world is definitely a sadder place without Richard Obenschain, but thank you Obie for the positive influence you were in my life and for being such a good friend.
Larry Hutchens
June 5, 2019
Though I didn't know Rich personally, I would see him here and there while outback of Gordon while in discovery - there was always something comforting about him. I will always remember my time and the people of discovery my freshman year. And so I'm forever thankful for Rich and those times - grateful that Rich partnered with God and built La Vida.
Shoshanna Wilson
June 1, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear this. My memories of Rich are of a kind and patient teacher. I often think about the canoe class he taught with a trip down the Ipswich River into the Atlantic and of course, LaVida. May God rest his soul.
Mark Mazelli
May 28, 2019
Sue Lindsay
May 27, 2019
Dear Katherine, the Hungarians have a saying: one eye cries, while the other smiles. I normally would write one eye cries for your loss/our loss, but the other smiles to think of where Rich is, and WHO he is with. But my 2nd eye has not come around to smiling just yet. I trust it will. I trust & pray yours will, too. Someday.

Brad Baker
May 27, 2019
Katherine - so sorry for this loss and my deepest sympathy to you and Tess and Hunter and the rest of the family. I really missed those days of seeing Rich at Gordon and playing pick up basketball with him and just chatting with him as well as our Bible study times and church times together after I moved to Connecticut. He is one of the greatest men I've ever had the privilege of knowing. I'm so sorry he is gone. Sending my love and prayers in this difficult time. Doug Lindland
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