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
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.