Gary Krieg Obermueller, 74, passed away Tuesday, November
12, 2019 in Westfall, Kan. He was born August 19, 1945 in Casper, Wyo. to
Milfred August and Bernice Elizabeth (Krieg) Obermueller.
Gary grew up in
Westfall, Kan. and graduated from Lincoln High School. He earned a degree in
accounting from the University of Kansas in 1968 then went to work for the firm
of Laventhol & Horwath in Kansas City, where he was an auditor and
specialized in health care. In 1974, he married Diann Davis. They had three
children, Sally, Andy and Kate. He later formed his own firm, Edwards &
Obermueller, in Lincoln, Kan. In the early 1980s, he merged his practice with
Baird Kurtz & Dobson in Wichita. In 1992, Gary became chief financial
officer of Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kan. He later became chief
financial officer of Physicians Home Health Care Affiliates. He engineered its
sale to Gentiva Health and retired in 2008. He was a longtime Lincoln County
farmer and rancher and enjoyed his regular trips home.
Gary was baptized
at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He was a member of First Lutheran
Church in Helena, where he served as president of the congregation and was
meticulous about usher duty, financial reports and lawn care. He had a heart
for young people and cared deeply about confirmation and biblical
education. He was proud of his work at the high school, mentoring students
taking shop class.
Gary loved to tell stories and laugh with his friends and family. He had
a good memory for names and appreciated family and community history. He was an
avid bird hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He liked wildlife art and classic
westerns. He was a world-class barbecuer and loved football and basketball. He
was a one-man goodwill ambassador of the University of Kansas.
Gary is survived
by his wife, Shari McDonald of Helena, Mont.; daughter, Sally Berry (Kipper) of
Medina, Ohio; son, Andy Obermueller (Jennifer) of Coeur d’Alene, Ida.;
daughter, Kate Unruh (Kyle) of Nashville, Ten.; grandchildren, Madison and
Spencer Berry, Laurel Obermueller, and Piper and Beckett Unruh. He was a proud
stepfather to Jennifer Sokoloff (Greg) and their children Lucy and Sylvie and
Brian McDonald (Tyra) and their children Liza and Emily. He was preceded in
death by his parents; and sister, Donna Head.
p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Parsons Funeral Home-Hall Chapel, Lincoln
with family receiving friends 5-7 p.m.
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln
with burial following in the church cemetery.
In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westfall Fire Department or First
Lutheran Church, Helena, Mon., c/o, Parsons Funeral Home-Hall Chapel, 111 E.
Elm, Lincoln, KS 67455.