James Robert "Bob" "Obie" Oberholtzer, age 88, of Spencer, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Owen Valley Health Campus in Spencer.
He was born in Bowling Green, Ind. on March 5, 1929 to
Robert Bryan and Bessie Winkler Graham Oberholtzer.
He graduated from Patricksburg High School in 1947 and entered the United States Army, serving in the Korean Conflict.
He retired from the United States Postal Service in Spencer.
He belonged to the Spencer Fire Department and was a founding member of the Owen Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Community Church where he was baptized.
He helped create Horseman's Campground breaking trails, and loved camping, farming, riding horses and Purdue.
He is survived by his wife of 65 yearsAnna Grace; daughtersSusan (Jeff) Sherfield, and Deborah (Daryl) Harkrider both of
Spencer; grandchildrenJeremey G. Sherfield, Jayme (Jon)
Swartzentruber, J.R. (Becky) Harkrider, Jennifer Harkrider (fiancé
John); great-grandchildrenTyler (Brittany) Smoot, Jarett Staten,
Maddysun Harkrider, Annabell Harkrider; great-great-grandchildren
Olivia Smoot, and Sophia Smoot; brotherSamuel Paul (Shirley)
Oberholtzer; brothers-in-lawBen Neisinger, and Hobart Branscum;
sisters-in-lawMary Sue Morrow, Shirley Hardwick, and Kathryn Marrow, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his siblingsDavid Maurice (Tomika) Oberholtzer, Anna Jane Neisinger, Alice Keough, Kathrine Gammons,and Fern Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2017 at the funeral home in Spencer with Pastor Terry Dowell
officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 31, 2017