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William M. Oberle was born to William C., and Helen M. (Horton) Oberle in St. Joseph, Missouri. William attended grade school at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1965. He attended St. Joseph Community College and graduated in 1967 with an A.S. in Biology. He was drafted in June 1968 into the U.S. Army and served with the 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division in Viet Nam as an infantryman. Wounded in 1969, he was medavaced to Japan and then back to the United States. He earned a Purple Heart and Combat Infantrymans Badge. His term of service ended in March 1969 after which he returned to college. He graduated with a B.A. and B.S. in Biology in 1974 from Missouri Western State College. He attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City and graduated with a Masters Degree in Biology.
Mr. Oberle worked as an environmental consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 as well as for private sector clients. He was initially involved in performing emergency response activities to petroleum and chemical spills and later into hazardous waste site investigations. He moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1991 and consulted with various private sector and government clients. In 1995, he moved to Phoenix, AZ and worked at the Environmental Flight at Luke Air Force Base. Mr. Oberle was the environmental program manager for both underground and above ground fuel storage tanks. In 2000, Mr. Oberle began working as a Federal regulator working for the Albuquerque District, Corps of Engineers in Albuquerque, NM. He regulated work in streams, rivers, and wetlands in New Mexico. He also investigated violations of the sections of the Federal Clean Water Act.
He was an amateur astronomer, enjoyed photography, taking motor tours in his convertible and scale modeling.
He was preceded in death by his father, William C., his mother, Helen M., and his sister Rita A. Oberle and his aunt Grace M. Fore and her son Paul L. Fore and his maternal grandfather, William H. Horton.
He is survived by his first cousin Joan Allwin and her family of Independence, MO, and by his second cousin Frances Jones and her family of Albuquerque, NM.Friends and family may pay their respects at 9:00 am, Monday, August 17, 2020 at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave., KCMO 64131. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:am at Horigan Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO.
Visitation Muehlebach Funeral Home
Monday, August 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
6800 Troost AvenueKansas City, Missouri
Directions Mass of Christian Burial Horigan Chapel at Mt. Olivet - St. Joseph
Monday, August 17, 2020
2600 Lover's LaneSt. Joseph, Missouri 64506