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John Phillip "Boo" Oblinger born November 16, 1926 died in Wytheville, Virginia on April 24th. He was born to John Edward and Alice Bailey Oblinger in Kyle, WV but grew up in Bluefield, VA where he starred in football and basketball at his beloved Graham High School, and met the love of his life Jackie Pero Oblinger. Jackie died on Valentine's Day 2014 after 66 years of marriage, the first 60 divided between Bluefield and Charleston, WV and the last years at Carrington Place in Wytheville which became their final earthly home.
In between they had three sons, Michael, Phillip and Mark who married very well and provided them with three wonderful children by marriage, Barbara, Erin and Martha (who we lost too soon), and seven fantastic grandchildren, Leigh, Ashley, Holly, Anne, Elizabeth, Amy and Emily. He lived to see two great grandchildren, Camden Oblinger, and Georgina Mott. In this he took great joy.
Like most of his "greatest generation" he went to war without question and served with dignity as a waist gunner in the Navy's PB4Y2. This allowed him to go to and graduate from VPI (as he knew it) as the first person in his family ever to have a four year degree. He instilled the need for education in his children who managed to go to medical school (Michael and Phillip) or Seminary (Mark). In this he took great pride.
He taught his sons to fish, hunt, play ball, be responsible and cuss when needed. He loved sweets, especially coconut cream pie and anything from Dairy Queen, watching college football, playing golf when he could and cruising when the winds were right. He loved making Jackie happy and over 66 years pretty much eventually got this right.
In his 50's when others might have thought of slowing down he became owner of Blizzard's of Virginia supplying mine materials to southwest Virginia. He was proud of his company he ran with his son Mark until selling it at his retirement.
He loved watching Dr Stanley on Sunday mornings and grew much in his faith in his latter years. This gave him peace at the time he most needed it.
At Carrington in Wytheville he found community which taught him a great deal. We are profoundly grateful for his care and support there.
A service to celebrate John's life will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. at Dudley Memorial Chapel with Rev. Howard Finkel officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Lanny Oblinger, Tim Havens, Annie Pohlman, Elizabeth Oblinger, Amy Oblinger, Emily Oblinger Holly Mott and Mike Patton.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday at Dudley Memorial from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of the service.
Military services will be conducted by the VFW Post #9696 and the Pocahontas American Legion Post #14.
Published on April 27, 2017
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