Wade Oberly

09/20/1930 - 11/27/2023


Obituary For Wade Oberly


Wade L. Oberly, 93, passed away November 27, 2023 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Wade was born September 20, 1930 in Putnam County, Ohio to the late Reno and Bertha (Hochstettler) Oberly. On December 29, 1950 he married Carolyn Matter Oberly who preceded him in death on August 1, 2018.

Wade was a graduate of Bluffton High School and proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the Lima Ford Engine Plant and was a lifetime farmer. Wade was a member of the Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Bluffton, the American Legion Post # 382, Bluffton, the Good Sam's Camping Group and enjoyed going to the Beaverdam McDonalds with his friends for coffee.

Survivors include four children, Barbara (Dean) Schmitz of New Albany, Oregon, David Oberly of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, Beverly (Eddie) Shepler of Bluffton, Doug (Julie) Oberly of Bluffton; seven grandchildren, Brandt Schmitz, Tamara (Adam) Moshofsky, Nick (Onalee) Shepler, Melissa (Shanon) Hauenstein, Tyler (Erin) Oberly, Lane (Jessica) Oberly, Kaleigh (Alex) Howard; thirteen great-grandchildren and a sister, Marilyn Schirch of Bluffton.

Wade was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Oberly; a brother, James Oberly and three sisters, Dorothy Porter, Bernice Reichenbach and Marjorie Davis.

Wade's services will begin at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton. Pastor Jeremy Mann officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton following the service where military honors will be provided. Visitation will be Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the church

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Church of Christ or the American Legion Post #382.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton is honored to be providing services to Wade's family.


2 Dec


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Emmanuel United Church of Christ 8375 Phillips Road Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
2 Dec

Funeral Service

12:00 PM

Emmanuel United Church of Christ 8375 Phillips Road Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
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  • 11/29/2023

    This is Cindy (Gildemeister) Howe and just want to tell the family of Mr. Oberly that I am thinking of them now. Hugs to Bev and Julie. I hope you have special memories and stories to tell each other so he smiles with you!

  • 11/29/2023

    Oberly family you have my deepest sympathy. Keeping you in thoughts and prayer. Gary and Cathy Hill and family

  • 11/29/2023

    Bev our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you find peace in the memories of your father. Jan & Frank Terry

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