Joseph Obering, 1933-2005
Joseph Obering, a geologist and oil company executive, died Sept. 5 in Dallas. He was 72. Obering was born in San Angelo, Texas on May 11, 1933, the son of Helen and Ernest Obering. Obering grew up in San Angelo, Midland, The Hague and Mt. Vernon, Ill. before the family settled in Oklahoma City. He attended the Howe Military School in Howe, Ind., Cranbrook Academy in Detroit and graduated from Casady School in Oklahoma City. While in high school, Obering worked summers for his father’s oil company and began a life-long study of geology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences at Dartmouth College in 1956 and went to work for Warrior Oil Company, the family’s business in Denver. In 1966, Warrior signed the first production sharing contract with the Indonesian government. From then until the sale of Warrior in 1999, Obering was active in managing the company’s Indonesian interests. Friends and family members say Obering loved skiing, football, classic jazz, opera and Asian art. Obering is survived by his wife, Mihoko Kuroishi Obering of Dallas; sons Joseph Obering of Dallas, William Obering of New York City, Christian Obering of Denver; brother William Obering of Wilson, Wyo.; sister Mrs. Paul F. O’Brien of Santa Fe, N.M.; grandchildren Shauna, Tucker and Wyatt Obering; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may make memorial donations to St. Mark’s School of Texas, the Santa Fe Opera or the Joseph B. Obering Foundation. A memorial service is 10 a.m., Monday at Sparkman Hillcrest Chapel. Vail, Colorado
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