WILMINGTON — Richard Frances “Dick” Oberle, 90, died peacefully at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center after a brief illness.
Born Sept. 12, 1930, in Bronx, New York, he was the son of the late Margaret Oberle and Frank Oberle of Dover Plains, New York. He was a graduate of James Monroe High School of Bronx, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He worked for the New York Telephone Company until his retirement at age 55 and then moved from Brewster, New York, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with his late wife Rosemarie. He was a longtime member of Myrtlewood Golf Course, where he had many friends. He moved to Wilmington and enjoyed the beach, ocean cruises, a good martini, telling jokes and spending time with family and friends.
Dick was a loving son, beloved brother, loving husband, longtime partner, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his longtime partner, Carol Houghton of Wilmington; son, Richard Oberle of Bethel, Connecticut; daughter, Laura Bassett, and her husband, Doug, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida; daughter, Lynn, and her husband, Jerry, of Charlotte; sister, Peggy (Oberle) Reynolds of New Bern; brother, Robert Oberle, and his wife, Mary, of Beacon, New York; grandson, Scott Oberle, and his wife, Kellie, of Wilmington; granddaughter, Sara Oberle, and her husband, Mark, of Dover, New Hampshire; grandsons, Evan Bassett and Ryan Pressley; granddaughters, Erica Bassett Lauran Pressley; great-grandson, Casler Oberle; and many nieces and nephews.
An outdoor celebration of his life will be held with family and friends retelling the many jokes and stories he shared over his lifetime. He will be missed.
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