Obituary: Larry Oberle

Larry Joseph Oberle of Newton passed away of cancer on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

He was 83. Services will be at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd Ave., Newton.

He was born on March 17, 1934, in Great Bend and was raised on a farm near Claflin.

He graduated from St. Joseph’s Military Academy in Hays. He attended Kansas State in Manhattan was in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956, serving in Korea and Japan.

Except for three years working for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Co. in Pampa, Texas, he worked in the grain elevator business until retiring in 1991. He worked for General Mills, Producers Grain Corp. and Continental Grain Co. in Amarillo, Texas, Enid, Okla., Independence, Mo., Columbus, Ohio, Kearney, Neb., and Dumas, Texas. Larry was a manager for TNM&O Bus Co. in Amarillo and was the driver for the Regal Eagle at the University of North Texas.

Larry enjoyed bicycling, woodworking and gardening. He attended Trinity Heights United

Methodist Church in Newton.

He was Roman Catholic and a third-degree lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4621 in Amarillo.

He married Kaye LeMaster on May 13, 1957, in Pampa, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Kaye Oberle; two sons, Scott (Connie) of McKinney, Texas, Clark (Stephanie) of Justin, Texas; daughter, Jessie Kaye (James Ontiveros) of Newton; seven grandchildren, Lyndsey of Atlanta, Ga., Sarah of Washington, D.C., Jennifer of Buffalo, N.Y., Susannah of Cottage Grove, Minn., Alyssa of Fort Worth, Texas, Colby of Sherman, Texas, and Chase of Justin, Texas; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Mark Oberle of Victoria, Texas, Kent Oberle of Midland, Texas, and Rick Oberle of Suffolk, Va.; and two sisters, Sr. Zita Oberle of Wichita and Doris Griffin of Overland Park.

He was preceded in death by his sister, JoAnn Winkler of Great Bend.

Memorial service was Jan. 5 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church with Pastor Donna Voteau presiding. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was Jan. 4 at Trinity Heights Church.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Prairie View, P.O. Box 467, Newton, KS, 67114, or Cal Farley’s Boy’s Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX, 79174-0001.

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