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Donald G. Oberkiser

August 11, 1949 ~ January 12, 2020 (age 70)

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Donald G. Oberkiser, age 70, of Auburn passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 with his family by his side at his Auburn home.

He was born on August 11, 1949 in Fort Wayne to Max and Vivian (Billman) Oberkiser.  He was a 1967 graduate of Northside High School in Fort Wayne.

Don honorably served his country in the United States Army from November of 1967 until October of 1969.  He served with the 1st Infantry Division, known as “Big Red One”.  He also served with the 2nd/16th Infantry Division. 

He married Karen G. Roos on March 12, 1988 in Fort Wayne.  She resides in Auburn.

Don worked for Wabash Electric for 20 years where he was in management and served as the Vice President of Sales.  Don retired in 2016.  He was a member of County Line Church of God in Auburn.  He was also a lifetime member of the Auburn American Legion Post 97.  He was also active with the DAV. 

He enjoyed golfing and he was an avid fisherman.  In his younger days he was a pioneer in organizing fishing tournaments.  He started both the “The Rusty Hook” and “Bass-N-Buddies” fishing tournaments.  He would also write fishing articles for MidWest Outdoors magazine and he had a fishing radio program on WAWK The Hawk.  Don gave many fishing seminars to adults and kids alike over the years.

Survivors include: 

His wife; Karen Oberkiser of Auburn.

Son and daughter-in-law; Christopher and Carol Oberkiser of Avilla.

Son; Brad Oberkiser of Fort Wayne.

Son; Christopher Roos of Fort Wayne.

Son; Michael Roos of Palm Bay, Florida.

Daughter; Sarah Callahan of Fort Wayne.

Son; Brendon Oberkiser of Auburn.

12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Brother and sister-in-law; Max and Karen Oberkiser of Bryan, Ohio.

Brother; Richard Oberkiser of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter; Rachel Roos and one granddaughter; Faye Marie Roos.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 South Center Street in Auburn. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn with Richard Brown officiating.

A private family commital service will take place at Blue Creek Cemetery in Payne, Ohio at a later date.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Shepherd’s House, 519 Tennessee Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.


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