Clem "O.B." Oberhansly, 64-consummate salesman, devoted husband, doting father and grandfather, beloved brother and uncle - died unexpectedly Sept. 4, 2001, of a massive heart attack in the Neola, Utah, yard he considered paradise. A cowboy at heart, he lived life for the family he believed practically perfect, for the friendships he relished, and for the trees and mountains he adored.
O.B. was born to rancher Kenneth LeRoy and teacher Marjorie Ellen Roberts Oberhansly on May 25, 1937, in Hayden, Utah. A 1955 graduate of Roosevelt's Union High School, where he lettered in track (pole vault), O.B. continued on to Brigham Young University for one semester.
In a pattern of brilliant impulse that would characterize the rest of his life, O.B. and his high school sweetheart, the incredibly lovely Margaret Carlson, eloped to Salt Lake City on January 13, 1956; their marriage was solemnized June 21, 1969, in the Oakland LDS Temple.
Their love was blessed by the arrival of three children and seven grandchildren.
After serving honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1956-1958), O.B. settled with his wife in Sacramento, California, where he worked as a supervisor for Urick Oil.
In 1971, he moved his family home to the Uintah Basin to ranch and to sell investment real estate. O.B. was a gentle dreamer- an always-smiling, never-without-a-phone, anti-establishment entrepreneur passionate about selling anything and adamantly convinced of the virtues of homeopathic healing.
He found pleasure in many things: gathering with his precious family-especially on the porch in Neola watching fireflies; teasing and tending his grandchildren; watching the Jazz and the Cougars; branding cattle, planting and protecting (from beavers) his trees, and listening to cowboy music- particularly Bob Wills and Marty Robbins.
O.B. split his time between his idyllic ranch in Neola and a home in Salt Lake where he was a member of the Little Cottonwood 18th Ward.
Survived by his wife, Margaret Lillian Carlson Oberhansly; sister, Connie (Jim Bybee); children: Sharie Michelle (Craig Burris), Jacqueline Monique (Greg Archbold), and William Kenneth Oberhansly; grandchildren:
Landyn, Hayden and Sierra Burris; Liesl, Rhiannon, Ralph "Rafe", and Oberhansli "Hans" Archbold.
Preceded in death by his parents.
Remembered fondly by scores of extended family members.
Memorial services in Salt Lake City will be held Saturday, September 8, at 6 p.m. at the Little Cottonwood 18th Ward Chapel, 6410 South 725 East.
Family and friends may call at the same location beginning at 5 p.m.
Funeral services in Neola will be held Monday, September 10, at 1 p.m. at the Neola LDS Chapel.
Viewings have been scheduled for Sunday evening, September 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Hullinger Mortuary, 457 East 300 North, Roosevelt; also at the Neola church in the hour prior to the funeral.
Funeral Directors: Hullinger Mortuary.