A.H. "Whitey" Oberg, 87, of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif., passed away on Friday, April 10, 2009, at his home, with his wife Luella and oldest daughter Susan by his side.
Whitey met Luella Henderson at White Earth Lake, and they were married on Sept. 22, 1949; they remained married for 60 years. The couple spent their early years together in El Centro, Calif., and had lived in the Encinitas area since 1955.
White was a past master of the Oceanside-San Dieguito Masonic Lodge 381, and a recipient of the Hiram Award; a life member of Scottish Rite in San Diego; a member of Al Bahr Shrine and life member of the Al Bahr Drum & Bugle Corps; M.I.P. of National SoJourners and psat president; a member of American Legion Post 416 in Encinitas; a "life loyal" member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Minnesota; a member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association; a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (since 1956); a member of the Poinsettia Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star; and a co-founder of the YMCA in Encinitas.
Whitey served his country as a pilot in the United States Navy during World War II; served as postmaster for the city of Encinitas, 1958-60; and was employed at Camp White Earth for Boys for 13 years. He and his wife Luella donated their time to Meals on Wheels for over 15 years.
In his early years, Whitey enjoyed playing golf, camping up the coast of California, and loved all types of fishing his entire life, including surf fishing on the shores of California, trout fishing on the lakes of Minnesota and deep sea fishing in California, Mexico and Hawaii. Always an avid reader, he especially enjoyed history and biographies.
Surviving Whitey are his wife, Luella M. Oberg; daughters, Nancy Oberg (Bruce) Thomson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Susan Obeg Decater of Encinitas; son Steven Robert (Gale) Oberg of Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii; one granddaughter, two grandsons and one step-grandson; brother-in-law William "Bill" Henderson and sister-in-law LaVaun Groth-Childs, both of Detroit Lakes; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Encinitas, Calif. A reception will follow the service in the parish hall.
Flowers may be sent to St. Andrew's in care of the Oberg family, with a delivery time of 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25. The mailing address is St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 1632 Edilee Dr., Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007.