Robert "Bob" Oberembt


February 28, 1936 - April 2, 2021


Robert Oberembt, 85, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, April 2, 2021 at his home under hospice care in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, April 6, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in rural Ethan, SD. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

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Robert Joseph Oberembt of Mitchell completed his earthly journey 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 was joined in marriage with 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, first driving the farm-delivery gas truck and then working as manager.  Bob and Rose raised four children. On January 28th, 2001, at the U of M Medical Center, Bob received a heart transplant which gave him a new lease on life. 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 part of the Mitchell National Guard and 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 for the Ethan fire department and served on the town board. Likewise, he supported the American Legion as a member plus several years as post commander. Bob and Rose enjoyed all that the Ethan Public Schools had to offer; in their retirement they enjoyed attending basketball games.

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: Ericka and Clark Oberembt; Becky, Rick and Jesse Boyd;  Calli Oberembt; Travis Morrison; Tricia Bruynes;  Joannis and Josephine Obner. Bob and Rose also have 6 great-grandchildren: Jordan Anfinson, Charlotte and Elizabeth Oberembt, Clyde and Weston Boyd, and Coen Bruynes. 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.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301



Tuesday, April 6, 2021
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on April 9, 2021
Rose and family, we send our sincere sympathy with the loss of Bob. He was a quiet strong figure in Ethan community and the church, May God keep you all in His Care.
Posted by Bill Pape on April 7, 2021
Very nice gentleman. Great to work with at Agland. R.I.P.
Posted by Dean and Nancy Pierson on April 7, 2021
We were so sad to hear of your loss. Bob was such a gentle, good man with an easy smile and quick wit. He was one of Ethan's finest! Please know you are all in our prayers.
Posted by Kenny Norwick on April 7, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Rose and the family. It's been many years since I grew up in Ethan, but I never forgot Bob Oberembt. He was always so.kind and friendly to my brother and I and our family as well as my grandpa Joe Friedel. I still all these years later remember laughs we shared at the CoOp talking to Bob as he taught me about cads, etc He was really someone after decades I will never forget and am a better person for having known.
Posted by Marilyn Hart on April 6, 2021
Sorry, for your loss Rose. Prayers going out to you and all of the families.
Posted by Bob Schlimgen on April 6, 2021
Bob was my father's first cousin through Josephine, his mother. Bob was a true gentleman, quiet and skillful. May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Steve &Sheryl McClure on April 6, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers to Rose and family.
Posted by Sharon McBrayer on April 5, 2021
Bob was a wonderful brother-in-law, a great card player, and an all around good person. Condolences to Rose and all of the family. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Dan McBrayer on April 5, 2021
Bob was my brother-in-law. He was “ Mr Ethan” for many years! Bob was the ultimate servant. With his marriage to my sister, he added greatly to our family. Everyone who knew Bob respected him. We lost a quiet and beautiful soul.
Posted by Trisha Cappello on April 5, 2021
My most heartfelt condolences to Pam and all of your family. Words will never be enough to express how sorry I am for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts, prayers and heart. With love & sympathies.
Posted by RB on April 5, 2021
KO & family:

Peace be with you.
Posted by Betty Raymond on April 5, 2021
I will always remember how kind and helpful Bob was to me. He was a wonderful person and a great neighbor. My sympathies and prayers for Rose and family.
Posted by Cindy Fuerst on April 5, 2021
Bob was one of a kind. Everyone respected him of a kind hearted person he was. I have many memories of Bob. Deepest sympathy to Rose and the family
Posted by Peggy Stoddard on April 4, 2021
He will always hold a special place in my heart. Bob and Rose just adopted me into the family all those years ago...what great memories. He was a wonderful man. My love and sympathies to each of you.
Posted by Mark Feiner on April 4, 2021
Bob was one of the pillars of the community and a great neighbor. Raised a fine family with Rose and I remember he let me borrow his golf clubs a few times. I still owe him a few balls!
Posted by Lynne Feiner Reuter on April 4, 2021
One of the nicest, kindest men ever. God speed to you Bob.
Posted by Ann and Brian Temple on April 4, 2021
Bob was one of the good guys. We always appreciated all he did to help out my parents in their later years. Our sympathies.
Posted by Tom & Lori Oster on April 4, 2021
Thoughts and Prayers. Many fond memories.
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