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Ronald L. OberbroecklingJanuary 1, 2018
Ronald L. “Ronnie” Oberbroeckling, 77, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Monday, January 1st, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 4th, at St. Joseph Church Key West with Rodney Allers officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 4:00 p.m.
Born December 22, 1940 to Jude & Thelma Oberbroeckling in Ft Dodge Iowa, he was married to Joan Lundberg for 54 years. Ron was a self-made man, in his 77 years he served in the 101st Airborne Infantry as S. Sgt. for 2 tours in Vietnam 1967-1968 & 1969. He left behind a distinguished record awarded twice the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, three times the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Good Conduct Medals for Exemplary behavior and a Master Parachute Badge, the mark of expertise at his “trade”.
After being wounded, he came to Dubuque with his young family to pursue his love of farming. Starting on shares he moved on to own 3 farms all while in his spare time he sold Insurance fulltime, along with several business adventures along the way including Obie’s Tap on Rockdale Rd.
He sold insurance for Farm Bureau for 11 years, then with his office manager Diane Schmitt and his partner Bill Stockel they started John Deere Insurance which later became Oberbroeckling Insurance. While his military and business careers were admirable nothing was more important to him than his family. His son Dick was his pride and joy and carried on his love of farming & daughters Terri & Rhonda he guided with a firm hand and a generous heart. He also served on the ASCS Committee & Dubuque County Board of Trustees, and St Joseph Parish Council in Key West.
Left to cherish Ron’s memory are his children Dick (Ronni) Oberbroeckling, Terri (Tim) Lawler, and Rhonda (Jim) Jones; Grandchildren Jeremie Oberbroeckling, Carissa (Austin Ament) Oberbroeckling, Dallas (Ben) Urbain, Becky (Jake) Kilburg, Garret Lawler, Kylee, and Keegan Jones; Great Grandchildren Colton, Nate & Cayden Urbain & Brinley Oberbroeckling & soon to arrive Great Granddaughter Kilburg. His sister Judy (Jim) Glosser; sisters-in-law, Eileen Segar & Mary (Bob) Klein. Glenn (Midge) Nicholas who was like a brother to him and many friends from several local establishments especially the Eagles & Happy’s Crew who enjoyed many laughs and solving world problems together.
Those proceeding Ron were his loving wife Joan; his parents Jude & Thelma; and his brother Gary (Obie) Oberbroeckling.
The family would like to thank Ron’s loyal Office Manager Diane Schmitt for all her years of service and friendship, Hospice of Dubuque especially Dawn for all you did for Ron & Dr. Hermann and staff for all the years of excellent compassionate care.
He did it his way!