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Roger W. Obermeier "Roger"

Company D-2

31 Oct 1936 - 19 Jun 2012

Place of Death: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Roger Obermeier, on 19 June at his home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, after a courageous two year battle with a very aggressive form of prostate cancer

Roger is survived by his devoted wife, Claudia; twin daughters, Heidi Gburski of Seattle, WA and Lori Huber of Cave Creek, AZ; three grandchildren, Alex Huber, Eric de Winter Gburski and Michael Huber; and five siblings, Richard (Priscilla) Obermeier of Waupaca, WI, Romie (Theresa) Obermeier of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Donna (John) Demski of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Joan (Kenneth) Gebert of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Mary (David) Konopaci of Plover, WI. 

One Memorial Mass for Roger will be at the Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church  in Wisconsin Rapids, WI on Wednesday, June 27, at 11:00 AM.   A second service may be scheduled in Arizona at a later time.  

Condolences may be sent to Claudia at 530 South Biron Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494. 

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to American Cancer Hope Lodge at 611 W. Doege Street, Marshfield, WI  54449 or to YLC c/o JROTC, Marcos de Niza High School, 6000 South Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, AZ  85283. 

Well done, Roger.  Be thou at peace.

Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\D-2 Roger Obermeier.pdf

My father, William H. Sievers (Class of 61), and Roger were very close friends. My parents Bill and Jane became close friends with Roger and Claudia.

Roger and Claudia had twins named Lori and Heidi who were close friends of mine. Many summers in middle school were spent at the Officer's club pool and at days throughout the years each other's homes. Even after the years and moves to other cities, our families remain close. Roger was always kind, caring, and funny. Both he a Claudia, reared great daughters -- who are still my friends today! Roger believed in loyalty, dependability, and patriotism. He passed these and other values onto his girls.

My prayers are with Claudia, Lori, Heidi and the rest of the family during this sad time and know that I loved your Dad, too. We'll all miss him. I'm sending you a hug.

Victoria Sievers Sullivan

Roger was my brother n law for whom I had so much admiration. A dedicated man to family,friends and his country.  He served his country in so many ways and passed the torch to his ROTC cadets. He had the patience of a saint which I first experienced when he took me out to play golf after just learning!!  He was a trooper until the end and will always be remembered for his mild but determined manor and his beautiful smile.  Your family misses you so much.

Connie Claydon

Obituaries:

Roger W. Obermeier, age 75, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Gilbert, AZ passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

A memorial Mass will be held at a later date in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and in Gilbert, AZ.

Roger was born October 31, 1936 in Marshfield, WI to William and Genevieve (Schirpke) Obermeier. He graduated from Assumption High School in 1955 and attended Marquette University and graduated from West Point in 1961. Roger spent 23 years in the service including two tours in Vietnam and one tour in Korea. Roger retired as a lieutenant colonel.

After retiring Roger moved to Gilbert, AZ in 1984 and taught JROTC at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, AZ for 16 years.

Roger married Claudia Reinarz on May 25, 1968 and she survives him. Roger is also survived by twin daughters, Heidi Gburski of Seattle, WA and Lori Huber of Cave Creek, AZ; three grandchildren, Alex Huber, Eric de Winter Gburski and Michael Huber; and five siblings, Richard (Priscilla) Obermeier of Waupaca, WI, Romie (Theresa) Obermeier of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Donna (John) Demski of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Joan (Kenneth) Gebert of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Mary (David) Konopaci of Plover, WI.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents.

Donations can be made to American Cancer Hope Lodge at 611 W. Doege Street, Marshfield, WI 54449 or to YLC c/o JROTC at Marcos de Niza High School at 6000 South Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283.

Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI is handling all arrangements.

 

Roger William Obermeier
Born October 31, 1936
Died June 19th 2012

Roger attended Saint Lawrence and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Schools. He went to the seminary right after 8th grade for 6 months. He graduated from Assumption High School the first graduating class of 1955. He attended Marquette University for 1 year and then was appointed to West Point Academy where he graduated in 1961. He dedicated his life to the military. He spent 23 years in the military and had hardship tours: 5 years in Germany and 2 years in Vietnam and 1 year in Korea. We lived in South Dakota and Roger taught ROTC there, he was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state, Fort Sill in Oklahoma and Fort Hood in Texas. He retired in 1984 at Fort Hood in Texas and we moved to Arizona to be closer to family.

His heart was still with the military. He was an engineer and he had a job offer with an engineering company but took a job as a officer training Corp, JROTC instructor in Tempe, Arizona from 1994-2007. He dedicated himself to teaching and! to the students. He started with 88 cadets and ended up with 250 cadets. When he was so sick laying in that hospital bed he told me that and that brought a smile to his face. He took his rifle team to nationals one year and they flew to the east coast. He promoted careers to his students through the military academies. After a hard days work at Marcus De Niza High School, you could find Roger and Sergeant Tinsley (best friend) at the golf course. Roger said to Sergeant Tinsley let's go get a grip on it at the golf course. So they would go.

After retirement, Roger enjoyed driving the school bus so the students could go to their sporting activities after school. He would st! ay and w atch whatever sport there was and then drive the students back to school. He played golf almost every day with Jack and then they would go to thebagel shop to talk in Arizona. When he was in Wisconsin, he would golf with Romie Obermeier (his brother) and Frank Lela (best friend) everyday and then go to McDonalds to talk .

He was a Patriotic Education Leader for Apache Trail Chapter of Military Order of World Wars in Mesa, Arizona and the entire East Valley . The annual JROTC cadet of the year program for the East Valley will be a lasting memorial to his endeavors. Roger was a principal organizer of the Chapter�s Armed Forces Career Officers Day in which provided information to thousands of Junior ROTC cadets on career opportunities as commissioned officers. There is also going to be a memorial golf tournament in his honor to raise money for Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids on July 15th every year. Romie and Frank are the people that are responsible for bringing a lot of Roger�s friends to see him before he passed away through this golf tournament and are going to continue to do this yearly.

Roger married Claudia Reinarz May 25, 1968 who was his devoted wife and had twin girls who were born May 5, 1969. He is survived by wife Claudia, Daughter Heidi (Chris) Gburski, Grandson Eric de winter Gburski, Daughter Lori (Dan) Huber, Grandsons Alex and Michael Huber. Brothers: Richard (Priscella) from Waupaca, Wisconsin, Romie (Theresa) Obermeier Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Sisters, Donna (John) Demski Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin Joan (Kenneth) Gebert, Mary ( David)Knopaci Plover, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Genevieve Obermeier. Roger Obermeier you will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for helping us out with everything and every life that you have touched with your gentle soul.

Heidi Gburski

Taps Memorial Article:

Roger W. Obermeier 1961

Cullum No. 23625 • Jun 19, 2012 • Died in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Cremated. Inurned.

 

Roger William Obermeier attended Saint Lawrence and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Schools. He went to the seminary for six months right after eighth grade. He graduated from Assumption High School the first graduating Class of 1955. He attended Marquette University for one year and then was appointed to West Point Academy where he graduated with the Class of 1961.

He spent 23 years in the military and had several hardship tours: five years in Germany, two years in Vietnam, and one year in Korea. He lived in South Dakota and taught ROTC there. He was also stationed at Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Sill, OK, and Fort Hood, TX. He retired in 1984 and moved to Arizona to be closer to his family. His heart was still with the military, though.

He was an engineer and had a job offer with an engineering company, but he took a job as a JROTC instructor in Tempe, Arizona from 1994-2007. He dedicated himself to teaching and to the students. He started with 88 cadets and ended up with 250 cadets. When he was so sick lying in that hospital bed he returned to this accomplishment, and it brought a smile to his face. He took his rifle team to nationals one year and they flew to the east coast. He promoted careers to his students through the military academies. After a hard day’s work at Marcus De Niza High School, you could find Roger and Sergeant Jack Tinsley (his best friend) at the golf course. After retirement, Roger enjoyed driving a school bus so the students could go to their sporting activities after school. He would stay and watch whatever sport there was and then drive the students back to school. He played golf almost every day with Jack and then they would go to a bagel shop in Arizona to talk. When he was in Wisconsin, he would golf with Romie and Frank everyday and then go to McDonalds to talk.

He was a Patriotic Education Leader for the Apache Trail Chapter of Military Order of World Wars in Mesa, AZ, and the entire East Valley. The annual JROTC cadet of the year program for the East Valley will be a lasting memorial to his endeavors. Roger was a principal organizer of the chapter’s Armed Forces Career Officers Day, which provided information to thousands of Junior ROTC cadets about their career opportunities as commissioned officers. There is also going to be an annual memorial golf tournament on July 15 in his honor to raise money for Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids. Romie Obermeier (Roger’s brother) and Frank Lela (best friend) are responsible for bringing a lot of Roger’s friends to see him before he passed away through this golf tournament, and they are going to continue to do this yearly.

Roger married Claudia Reinarz on May 25, 1968, and they had twin girls born on May 5, 1969. He is survived by wife, Claudia; daughter, Heidi (Chris) Gburski; grandson, Eric de winter Gburski; daughter, Lori (Dan) Huber; grandsons Alex and Michael Huber; brothers: Richard (Priscella) from Waupaca, WI, and Romie (Theresa) Obermeier from Wisconsin Rapids, WI; and sisters, Donna (John) Demski, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Joan (Kenneth) Gebert, and Mary (David) Knopaci, Plover, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Genevieve Obermeier.

Roger Obermeier, you will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for helping us out with everything and for every life that you have touched with your gentle soul.