Clarence Oberg, 94 - June 10, 2009
Clarence John Oberg, 94, of Farnam died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services were held on Saturday, June 6, at the Farnam Nazarene Church with the Rev. Cliff Transmeier officiating. Burial with full military rites took place at the Farnam Cemetery.
Oberg was born July 20, 1914, to John and Antonia (Johnson) Oberg at Farnam.
He attended school at Orfino School, Sunflower College District 3 and Farnam High School, graduating in 1931.
Oberg lived his entire life in Frontier County with the exception of his time serving in the U.S. Army.
He served as a member of the 45th Squadron, a branch of the 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was trained as a gunner for tanks and while in Rome fought inside St. Peter’s Cathedral and was injured by a German grenade, carrying those fragments the rest of his life.
Oberg also took part in Operation Overload. His squad was one of the first to arrive in Normandy, where he was wounded again. After his release from the hospital, he was assigned as a medic.
He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor. He was honorably discharged and returned home shortly before the treaty was signed with Japan, ending the war. He returned to the United States on Aug. 29, 1945.
He worked as a farmer and rancher in Frontier County throughout his lifetime.
On Sept. 6, 1945, he married Ruby Chesbrough at Fitchburg, MA. To this union, five sons and one daughter were born.
Oberg was active in his community and was a member of the Nazarene Church of Farnam, serving as the Sunday school secretary for 60 years. He was also a member of the Farnam American Legion Post 288, Farnam VFW and the Lions Club. He also served on the school board at Sunflower College District 3, and managed the Farnam Coop.
He was preceded in death by: his father, John Oberg; his mother, Antonia Oberg; sisters—Ruby Ulrich and Gladys Sukraw; a brother, Lawrence Oberg; grandson, Chad Oberg; granddaughter, Allison Oberg.
Survivors include: his wife of 63 years, Ruby; sons—Edward (Laura) Oberg and Roger (Nancy) Oberg, all of Farnam, Don (Barbara) Oberg of Kearney, Richard (Karen) Oberg of Axtell, and Jeff (Dynette) Oberg of Arnold; a daughter, Louise (Dave) Jones of Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Lois Rice of Gothenburg; grandsons—Jeffrey Oberg, Bradley Oberg, Kevin Oberg, Chester Oberg, Michael Oberg, Matthew Jones, Christopher Jones, Timothy Jones and Peter Jones; granddaughters—Sara Oberg, Kristin Oberg, Rebecca Rabel and Antonia Oberg; eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Farnam Nazarene Church Memorial Fund.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.
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