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Linn County News

Published March 27, 2019


Roger Carl Obermeier, age 78, Linn Valley, Kan., passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at his home. He was born at home in Linn County, Kan., where Linn Valley is now, on Nov. 18, 1940, the son of Fred and Jessie Cook Obermeier. He graduated from Paola High School in the Class of 1958.

He proudly served in the United States Army, even though he was discharged early due to medical reasons.

Carl was married to Shirley Flesher on June 12, 1960.

He worked as a Carman for the Missouri Pacific, later the Union Pacific Railroad, and was a member of the Carman's Union. He was a member of the Linn Valley Community Church, treasurer of the Deacon's Fund, past president of the Hillsdale Ruritan Club and past secretary/treasurer for the Hillsdale Improvement District. He coached little league baseball and enjoyed bowling and playing golf. He had a total of five holes-in-one.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Obermeier; and a sister, Karen Block.

Carl is survived by his wife Shirley; son, Roger Obermeier Jr. and wife Brenda; daughter Melanie Smith and husband Kevin; brother Fred Obermeier and wife Joyce; a sister, Oona Mae Woodhead; five grandchildren, Shawna, Shane, Shea, Eric and Austin; six great grandchildren, Cainen, Ashton, Lily, Kiera, Brylynn and Brandon; a sister-in-law, Carole Obermeier; and brother-in-law Glenn Block.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Linn Valley Community Church. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.

Contributions are suggested to the Linn Valley Community Church. Online condolences can be left at



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