Durwood L Oblander, 86, died Friday, June 17, 2016, in Newton. He was born April 29, 1930, in Marion to Jacob and Ellen (Morse) Oblander.
On Sept. 1, 1956, he married LaWanda R. Flaming at Alexanderwhol Church in Goessel, and she survives of the home.
Durwood worked in manufacturing during his career including at Guirdon Industries, Bunting Magnetics and Miraflex. He and his wife owned and operated an orchard in rural Newton where they raised peaches, pears and many fruit trees.They also raised asparagus and vegetables. Durwood built the family home and planted all the trees on the 20-acre property after it was purchased. Durwood was a graduate of Marion High School and was the former owner of the East Main Street Standard Station in Marion. His family was important to him, and he looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends.
Durwood is survived by his wife LaWanda of the home; daughter Sheryl Wright of Wichita; two sisters, Carol Hett of Marion and Darlene Hiebert of St. Augustine, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents two brothers and one sister.
Graveside committal service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 21 at Restlawn Gardens of Memory in rural Newton with Pastor Jay Anderson presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Asbury Park in care of the funeral home.