Gary R. Oberg
1946 - 2020
BORN
1946
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Davenport- Crystal Lake
419 E Terra Cotta Ave
Crystal Lake, IL
GARY R. OBERG

Born: August 18, 1946

Died: August 19, 2020

Gary Richard Oberg, MD was born on August 18, 1946 in Chicago, IL. He died in his home on August 19, 2020, determined to live until his 74th birthday.

Gary lived in Chicago until 1951 when his family moved to Mt. Prospect, IL. In 1961 the family moved to Crystal Lake.

Gary graduated from Crystal Lake High School in 1964. He received a Rector Scholarship to De Pauw University, graduating in 1968 and went on to medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine where he graduated in 1972. He completed a one year internship in pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital and a 2 year residency in pediatrics at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital. Gary joined the staff at McHenry Hospital (Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital) in 1975 and practiced medicine in McHenry County for the next 45 years.

Gary's practice evolved over the years from pediatrics to allergies and hormonal imbalances and he became an accomplished and esteemed expert in the field of integrative medicine. He practiced with the goal of determining how diet and the environment contributed to the state of our health. His whole career was dedicated to his curiosity as to how the body survives being here on earth or, as he would state, "the elegance of human chemistry." Gary's passion and mission as a physician were addressing the causes of diseases rather than treating the symptoms with drugs. Gary joined the Society for Clinical Ecology (now the American Academy of Environmental Medicine) in 1980 and became president in 1990. After serving as president for 3 years, Gary joined the Board of Directors for the next 30 years as he continued to support the growth and training of new physicians in the practice of environmental medicine.

Gary served for 32 years on the District #155 school board. Throughout his time on the school board 36,446 students graduated and he greatly enjoyed the opportunity to speak at many of the ceremonies and present diplomas to the graduates. He was on the Building and Grounds Committee when Prairie Ridge High School was built and helped incorporate principles of good environmental practices in its construction. He helped approve several expansions and renovations over his many years on the board. In 2013 Gary was recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards for being the longest serving school board member in McHenry County and one of the longest to serve on a school board in the State of Illinois.

Gary loved teaching, metaphors, chess, classical music, reading, movies, science fiction and fantasy, Saturday night poker games with his friends, his marvelous trips around the world with his special travel group and a good dessert. He was a devoted sibling, uncle and friend. He loved his family, all his staff over the past 45 years and his many "angels" here on earth. You know who you are. He was a brilliant, kind and generous man with a keen wit and open heart. He is forever grateful for all the patients who entrusted him with their complex health concerns.

He is survived by his sister, Melodee (Wayne) Markee, Crystal Lake, IL, brother Dean (Carol) Oberg, Johnsburg, IL, nephews Brennan (Cindy) Markee, Crystal Lake, IL, Tyler (Michelle) Markee, St. Louis, MO, Ryan (Emily) Oberg, Longmont,CO, niece Leatha (Donnie) Oberg-Baham, Shreveport, LA, step-nephews Jay (Melissa) Hollimon, Woodlawn, TN, and Douglas (Lesley) Holliman, Hopkinsville, KY, grand-nieces Brianne Markee, Kennedy Markee and Juliann Oberg and grand-nephews Trevor Santiago and Owen Markee as well as many step-grand nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Cali, his beloved cat and companion over the past 9 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his fiancée Laura Glab.

Visitation will be held at Davenport Funeral Home in Crystal Lake on Wednesday, August 26 from 2 to 6 pm with a private family service following visitation. For the safety of all visitors, COVID-19 restrictions will apply. Temperatures will be taken upon entering the building and social distancing and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Gary Oberg's name would be appreciated to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) 6505 E Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67206 for the purpose of providing scholarships to medical students interested in pursuing a career in the practice of integrative medicine. The AAEM is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax deductible organization.

For information, please contact Davenport Family Funeral Home, Crystal Lake, 815-459-3411. For online condolences please visit www.davenportfamily.com.


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Published by Northwest Herald from Aug. 22 to Aug. 25, 2020.
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A wonderful human.
Sam Davidson
Acquaintance
September 3, 2020
Dr. Oberg changed the course of my health and, in turn, my life. I am forever grateful for having met him. He will be sorely missed.
Nicole Hummel
Acquaintance
August 28, 2020
Dr. Oberg changed the course of my health and, in turn, my life. I am forever grateful for having met him. He will be sorely missed.
Nicole Hummel
Acquaintance
August 28, 2020
Dr. Oberg helped me with my medical issues for years. I truly believe he was a great caring doctor in helping people. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
Nancy Di Spirito
Nancy Di Spirito
Acquaintance
August 27, 2020
We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Oberg. My husband and I were both patients of his for many years. He was the most dedicated and patient doctor we've ever seen. We loved his quirky metaphors and will miss the special time and care he took with each of us. He often spent more than an hour with us during each appointment, successfully treating and managing both of our health issues, something dozens of previous doctors we had seen could accomplish. He was truly all about finding the cause and healing the person versus treating disease. He loved when we brought our little boy along to our appointments; always a pediatrician at heart! He was one of a kind, and will be greatly missed. Hoping his friends, family and wonderful staff find peace in knowing how many lives he brightened.
Mike & Dawn Klein-Thunholm
Acquaintance
August 25, 2020
What sad news! My deepest sympathies to Dr. Oberg's family. He was a kind man. I don't remember when I started to see him but it may be close to 20 years. I went to him because of my allergies. I never met any doctor like him. He had a way of getting to the point. At the time I went to see him. I was afraid to go outdoors. Now, because of his care, this year for the 1st time, we opened our windows a few times. This would never have been possible in the past. He started with the hormones and then the allergies because if the hormones aren't right the allergy intervention won't work. I wish him well in the next life. I don't know where I will find a caregiver to take his place. I hope I can. God bless Gary Oberg.
Cindy Drozd
Acquaintance
August 25, 2020
As a patient for over 20 years, his practice will be missed more than words can express. I have a strong family medical history of severe asthma, yet Dr. Oberg was able to control my asthma with allergy shots alone and a rescue inhaler for odd circumstances that could not be avoided. One of my favorite memories was a routine visit when I was explaining a crisis situation that set off my normally dormant asthma. I told him, "well, I spent the weekend at a family reunion in northern Minnesota on a sheep farm when they were harvesting hay and slept in a camper with two dogs." He looked at my chart then looked up at me and said, "what? you didn't tape a cat to your face?"

The time, care, research and of course humor he blessed his patients with does not exist in the current medical system and will likely never exist as long as the focus is on, as he put it, disease care rather than health care. Dr. Oberg truly dedicated his life to health care.
Debbie Bergquist
Acquaintance
August 24, 2020
As a patient for over 20 years, his practice will be missed more than words can express. I have a strong family medical history of severe asthma, yet Dr. Oberg was able to control my asthma with allergy shots alone and a rescue inhaler for odd circumstances that could not be avoided. One of my favorite moments was a routine visit when I was explaining a crisis situation that set off my normally dormant asthma. I told him, "well, I spent the weekend at a family reunion in northern Minnesota on a sheep farm when they were harvesting hay and slept in a camper with two dogs." He looked at all the triggers listed in my records then looked up and said, "what? you didn't tape a cat to your face?"

The time, care, research and of course humor he blessed his patients with does not exist in the current medical system and will likely never exist as long as the focus is on, as he put it, disease care rather than health care. Dr. Oberg truly dedicated his life to health care.
As a patient for over 20 years, his practice will be missed more than words can express. I have a strong family medical history of severe asthma, yet Dr. Oberg was able to control my asthma with allergy shots alone and a rescue inhaler for odd circumstances that could not be avoided. One of my favorite moments was a routine visit when I was explaining a crisis situation that set off my normally dormant asthma. I told him, "well, I spent the weekend at a family reunion in northern Minnesota on a sheep farm when they were harvesting hay and slept in a camper with two dogs." He looked at all the triggers listed in my records then looked up and said, "what? you didn't tape a cat to your face?"

The time, care, research and of course humor he blessed his patients with does not exist in the current medical system and will likely never exist as long as the focus is on, as he put it, disease care rather than health care. Dr. Oberg truly dedicated his life to health care.
Debbie Bergquist
August 24, 2020
As a patient for over 20 years, his practice will be missed more than words can express. I have a strong family medical history of severe asthma, yet Dr. Oberg was able to control my asthma with allergy shots alone and a rescue inhaler for odd circumstances that could not be avoided. One of my favorite moments was a routine visit when I was explaining a crisis situation that set off my normally dormant asthma. I told him, "well, I spent the weekend at a family reunion in northern Minnesota on a sheep farm when they were harvesting hay and slept in a camper with two dogs." He looked at all the triggers listed in my records then looked up and said, "what? you didn't tape a cat to your face?"

The time, care, research and of course humor he blessed his patients with does not exist in the current medical system and will likely never exist as long as the focus is on, as he put it, disease care rather than health care. Dr. Oberg truly dedicated his life to health care.
Debbie Bergquist
August 24, 2020
Dr. Gary Oberg was my pediatrician during late elementary, middle, and high school (circa 1980-1988). Whether it was a physical for school or Boy Scout camp, his kind demeanor always put me at ease. Fortunately, I was a fairly healthy kid, but whenever strep throat, pink eye, or ear aches came along, he was quick to help!

Dr. Oberg also helped my mother for many years in getting her tested for allergies and then providing much needed relief through drops (under the tongue) and injections. Whenever the mold and pollen seasons started, I was grateful to him and his expertise in the difference he made for my mom!

A huge supporter of youth organizations and the cultural arts, Dr. Oberg was a generous contributor of both his time and money. His legacy as a physician and a philanthropist has helped to make Crystal Lake “A Good Place to Live.” Our community will be less without him!
Tom Vos
Acquaintance
August 23, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Oberg family. Dr. Oberg was a gifted physician and a dedicated healer. He will be missed. Blessings, Larry & Jill Reynolds
Larry & Jill Reynolds
Friend
August 22, 2020
This saddens me. Dr Oberg was a great doctor, who took the time to listen to his patients. His first appointment with you typically was an hour and half long. He also was a kind hearted man, and his office staff was his family. He traveled a lot and always brought back the whole staff gifts. For every birthday the staff had, he took the whole office to lunch, always nice places,
Barbara
Coworker
August 22, 2020
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