Clark County Register of Deeds - 1985 thru 1999

Eugene W. Oberle
April 09, 1929 - May 24, 2010


EUGENE (GENE) WILLIAM OBERLE, age 81, of Thorp, passed away at Luther Middlefort Hospital, in Eau Claire, on Monday, May 24, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Friday, May 28, 2010 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church, in Thorp, with Rev. Keith Apfelbeck officiating. Interment will occur later in the columbarium wall at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI. Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 4pm until 8pm, with a 6pm prayer service. Visitation will also be held at the church, of Friday, from 9am until time of service.
Eugene was born on April 9, 1929 at his parent’s home in Thorp, WI to Martin and Monica (Baldeschwiler) Oberle. He attended the Pioneer School in the Town of Worden, St. Bernard’s Catholic School, and Thorp High School, where he graduated in 1948. Gene farmed with his parents until enlisting in the U. S. Navy in 1951. During the Korean War he served aboard the destroyer USS Heermann. Departing from Newport, RI in 1953 and traveling by way of the Panama Canal and the Pacific they supported naval operations off the coast of Korea. Gene was fortunate enough to continue on with his ship’s “world tour” circumnavigating the globe and stopping in many foreign ports. Upon arriving back in Newport in July 1954, he took leave and traveled back to Wisconsin to wed Sylvia Korb on July 27, 1954.
The start of their married life was spent in Boston, MA; completing his military service with an honorable discharge in November 1955 at a rating of GMM3. After the Navy, Gene returned to Wisconsin, and in 1958, he purchased his father’s dairy farm and attended agriculture courses.
Gene was always active in his community and church, serving on the school board, church council, Town of Worden, farmer’s coop and singing in the church choir. He was a life-long member of American Legion (Post #118) and a member of the VFW. In the 60’s, Gene was very active in the Legion serving in numerous offices including post commander, county commander, and district vice-commander. It was during this time that he became interested in local politics serving as Clark County Dem. Party chair and in ‘70 and ‘72 he was elected to the WI state assembly. Gene served on the veteran’s and military affairs, agriculture, and insurance and banking committees and sponsored legislation to improve transportation safety.
Later, Gene returned to dairy farming and stayed active in veteran’s affairs serving as the chair of the Clark Co. Veteran’s Service Commission and as state president of the State Assoc. of Co. Veteran’s Commissioners. The call to public service came again in 1985 when the Clark Co. Register of Deeds resigned. Gene was re-elected Register of Deeds six times and retired in 1999. He enjoyed his years in office, especially the time spent with people coming through the doors everyday.
Gene enjoyed driving the U.S. to see family and friends, RV camping, teaching his grandchildren to play cards, and fishing. He especially loved cheering on his Thorp Cardinals, traveling to many away games with his wife and sister Marian. They would even continue to follow Thorp athletes in their college years. Gene helped initiate, fund, and support construction of the Thorp High School track. He loved watching the Badgers, Packers, Celtics and supporting his wife’s cross-country skiing and hiking activities.
He will be truly missed by his wife Sylvia; his sons Ronald (Marianne) of Fountain Valley, CA, and John (Cindy Gebert) of Eau Claire, his daughters Dr. Marie Oberle (George Klemmer) of Minnetonka, MN, Jane Brandt (Dan) of Thorp, Elaine Dooley (Bill) of High Springs, FL, and Ann Oberle of Sun Prairie; his 9 grandchildren: Jason McCaffrey, Amelia, Tessa, and Cullan Oberle, Briana Gebert-Oberle, Luke and Michael Brandt, Matthew and Charles O’Connor; his sister Marian (Carl) Slowiak and her husband Jim Serocki; many nephews and nieces; and extended relation and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sisters Patricia (Wilfred) Sorenson and Marlene (Kent) Montgomery-Oberle.
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