Ronald Joseph Oberle, CDR USN, Retired, 84, of Cliff Drive in Blowing Rock, N.C., passed away (peacefully) Sunday morning March 18th, at The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock.

Ron was born September 23, 1933 in New York City, son of the late Herman and Catherine Oberle. He was awarded a Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of South Carolina where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ron was a commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy and was a career Naval Aviator. He was a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California with a Masters Degree in Quantum Physics.

After his Naval Career, Ron was a graduate of The George Washington School of Law with a Doctorate in Government Contract Law; serving the Office of Thrift Supervision serving as Associate General Counsel for 11 years. Locally, he was Post Commander of the Blowing Rock American Legion Post 256, member of the Blowing Rock Planning Board, member of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, and member of the Blowing Rock Historical Society. Ron was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Boone.

Ron is survived by one son, J. Hampton Oberle and wife Cynthia of Annandale, Virginia; one daughter-in-law, Deborah Oberle of Hickory; two grandsons, Nicholas Keller Oberle and Christopher Dalton Oberle, both of Hickory; one granddaughter, Alison Billington and husband Hunter of Beaufort, South Carolina, and one great-grandson, Colt Keller Billington of Beaufort.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Keller Oberle; and one son, Charles K. Oberle.

A Funeral Mass for Ronald Joseph Oberle, CDR USN, Retired will be conducted Saturday morning, March 24, 2018, at 10 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Boone. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Officiating will be father Matthew Codd.

Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

The family will receive friends at a reception following the graveside service at the Blowing Rock American Legion Hall Post 256.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box PO Box 1835, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to the Blowing Rock Historical Society, PO Box 804, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28604.

Online condolences may be sent to the Oberle family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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