William Joseph Oberle, 76, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Festus, died Sept. 24, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford, Ill. Mr. Oberle grew up in Festus and graduated from Festus High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a certified public accountant for Sears in downtown Chicago. He also owned and operated Bill’s Tavern in Elgin, Ill., with his lifelong best friend, Jim Murray. He loved to cook and made great chili. He enjoyed watching Rachel Ray’s TV shows, football, hunting and fishing. He also loved dogs, especially his basset hound, Katy. He frequently donated to organizations like Pony Bird, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many Catholic charities. He was a talented athlete and a good friend.
He was born in Ste. Genevieve and was the son of the late Cornelius John and Frances (McBride) Oberle. He was preceded in death by his second wife: Valerie.
He is survived by his first wife: Carol; three children: Bryan, Christine and Carey; eight grandchildren: Dana, Renee, Amanda, John, Aidan, Nicole, Dylan and Heather; five great-grandchildren: Jack, Ethan, Charlotte, McKenna and Everly; and two siblings: Jan and Tim. He was preceded in death by a brother: Michael Oberle.
A private service for immediate family will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Crystal City. Memorials may be made to Pony Bird, 1 Pony Bird Lane, Mapaville, 63065.