Robert “Bob” Oberembt
Robert Oberembt, 85, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, April 2, 2021, at his home under hospice care in Mitchell. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, April 6, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial was at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in rural Ethan, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel. Robert Joseph Oberembt of Mitchell passed quietly on April 2, 2021. Bob was born on February 28th, 1936, to William and Josephine Oberembt in Dimock, South Dakota, the 8th of 11 children. Bob married Rosemary McBrayer on November 5th, 1958, in Ethan, South Dakota. They began their life together on a farm south of Mitchell then moved to Ethan where Bob worked for 29 years for Agland Co-op. Bob and Rose raised four children. On January 28th, 2001, at the U of M Medical Center, Bob received a heart transplant. That fall he began driving the school bus; after 13 years, he retired fully. They sold their family home in Ethan and moved to Mitchell where they resided at the time of Bob’s death.
Bob was a six year member of the Mitchell National Guard. He belonged to the Ethan American Legion. He was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the community of Ethan. He served on the church council, as well as ushered, lectored, and sang in the choir; he also belonged to the Knights of Columbus. Bob volunteered as an Ethan fireman and served on the town board. Likewise, he supported the American Legion as a member plus several years as post commander.
Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years as well as his four children: Pam (Louise Oven) Oberembt of Sioux Falls; Kevin (Brenda) Oberembt of Cave Creek, Arizona; Troy Oberembt of Sioux Falls; and Tara (Ericka) Obner of Omaha. Bob and Rose have 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Bob is survived by three siblings: Bill Oberembt, Sr. Doris Oberembt, and Elaine Kirsch.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings: Sr. Maryann Oberembt, James Oberembt, Aletha Schnieder, Sr. Carol Oberembt, Bernice Roth, Rose Simon, and Imelda Trautman.