William F. “Bill” Oberlander

January 28, 1922 ‒ December 18, 2001

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: William F. “Bill” Oberlander, age 79, of Greenfield Drive, Mansfield, died Tuesday morning December 18, 2001 in his home following a short illness.

He was born January 28, 1922 in Bucyrus to Frank Henry and Gertrude (Rinker) Oberlander, and was graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1940.

Bill served in the US Army’s 77th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater, and was awarded The Purple Heart from injuries sustained August 2, 1944 in Guam.

A Mansfield resident most of his life, Bill had worked 35 years with the former Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company, where he retired in 1979 as Manager of Mold and Design. He later worked as a draftsman for Convey All, retiring from there in 1986.

He was a member of First English Lutheran Church, where had taught Sunday School classes and had served on the Property Committee and Pastoral Care Committee.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Appleseed Square Dancers and the Lexington Senior-Civic Center, where he was active with the line dancers.

An avid woodworker, Bill enjoyed bird watching, playing golf and following the Cleveland Indians.

He is survived by his wife Violet J. “Vi” (Schnitzer) Oberlander, whom he married December 25, 1944; two sons and daughters-in-law James W. & Debra Ruth Oberlander of Mansfield and Steven D. & Brenda J. Oberlander of Sunbury; two daughters and a son-in-law Cynthia J. Simmering of Lexington and Nancy S. & Gene E. Hale of Mount Gilead; eight grandchildren Zach S. Simmering, James F. and Sarah L. Oberlander, Justin S. & Amy L. Oberlander and Rachel S., Janelle E. and Marian J. Hale; a brother and sister-in-law James E. & Frances Oberlander of Bucyrus; and a sister and brother-in-law Mary K. & Don Guinther of Mount Vernon.

He was preceded in death by infant daughters Carol and Carla; and a sister Marjorie A. Oberlander.

Friends may call Friday December 21, 2001 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 am. The Revs. Paul Larson and Cloyd Kress will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold military graveside honors.

Memorial contributions to First English Lutheran Church Organ Fund or MedCentral Hospice may be made at the funeral home.