William Victor Oberg, 75, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Waterview Woods (formerly St. Raphael’s Health & Rehabilitation) in Eveleth.
Bill was born in Biwabik, Minnesota on May 18, 1944 to Gertrude (Jarvi) and Edward Oberg. Raised in Biwabik he grew to love his community, but even more so the people of Biwabik. He forged many lifetime friendships which he enjoyed and treasured even when he was away from the community.
After graduating Bill enlisted in the Air Force and served in Vietnam. Exposure to Agent Orange would eventually lead to several cancer diagnoses and finally a stroke. Bill was a very positive person who never shied away from a challenged and continued to fight the battle to the end.
Before his health struggles, Bill, sometimes known as “Obes,” lived a full and vivacious life with his wife Pat of 52 years and their two children, Will and Catherine. His career as a Senior Systems Analyst at IBM took him all over the world until he retired at age 53 after 30 years of service to the IBM Corporation. His final assignment for the company was in Rome, Italy where he lived with his wife for almost six years. He retired to Biwabik, home of the Braves, to spend his free time fishing, hunting, helping neighbors fix computer problems and recreationally exaggerating at numerous beer-serving establishments. Bill also enjoyed photography and amassed a large collection of pictures from landscapes to figurative representation. He was a state champion swimmer in high school and an avid fisherman throughout his life. He liked nothing better than “shack time” and being with his friends. His warm smile, easy laughter and sense of community will be missed by all who knew him.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Pat, his son William and Andrea Jackson, as well as daughter Catherine. He is also survived by his brother Ed Oberg and wife Natalie, his brother Larry Oberg and wife Ellen, his sister Mary Hanf and his sister Linda Kiernan.
A celebration of life will be held at the Biwabik Park Pavilion on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from noon until 2 p.m.