Gerald “Jerry” A. Oberlag

May 1, 2022

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Gerald A. Oberlag (Jerry) passed away on May 1, 2022 at the age of 78. Survived by his wife Emily, sister Jan of Madeira Beach Florida, son Scott, daughter Jennifer (Chris) Harlow and grandchildren Alexis, Max, and William. Jerry was preceded in death by his Mother, Mary Huston Oberlag, and Father William Oberlag.

Jerry grew up and attended college in Missouri. He received a BA and MS from Missouri University at Columbia. Post graduating, Jerry earned a certificate from the NATO institute Von Karman at Brussels, Belgium.

Jerry worked as an Engineer in the personal products division at Procter and Gamble for 42 years, where he held the title of Global Paper Manager and was assigned to projects in the US and around the world.

Active in the Boy Scouts of America from his youth, he continued to serve the Scouts until his passing. Throughout his years in scouting, Jerry earned many accolades including the Silver Beaver Award. He was instrumental in establishing several opportunities for Scouts including the origination of the Flight of the Eagles, Merit Badge Challenge, and other Dan Beard Council events.

In retirement, Jerry found a hobby and passion for Geocaching where he made fast friends and spread his passion to all who knew him. Jerry (obieone) often ventured to places near and far, collecting caches and “finds.” His adventures took him throughout the country and became a highlight of his trips around the world, including leaving his mark during his recent tour of Israel to see the Holy Land.

Jerry was a life-long Methodist, joining Faith Community UMC in West Chester in 1974.

Jerry was a great friend and associate, a loving Father, and a doting grandfather. He is remembered fondly for his dry humor, propensity for being a meticulous researcher and planner for anything from buying a dishwasher to scheduling a vacation, and for the magnetic passions he shared with the world.

Visitation will be held at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 8815 Cincinnati-Columbus Rd., West Chester, on Friday, May 6th from 4pm – 6pm. Funeral service will be held at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 8230 Cox Rd., West Chester, on Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Boy Scouts of America - Dan Beard Council, or Doctors Without Borders.

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Casssandra Kiesey - May 6, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss.
Nancy Madaris - May 5, 2022
Through the years, I got to know Jerry through his wife , Emily as we sang in choir together. My late husband, Greg would have discussions about Boy Scouts which they both enjoyed. Jerry was always encouraging to my boys in Scouting, who later became Eagle Scouts.
John Toussant - May 4, 2022
Over the many years that Jerry and I carpooled to work, we were the closest of friends, often running errands together. When I finished my basement which included rerouting heat ducts leaving one end of the house starved for air. Over the phone, Jerry suggested a very simple solution that worked perfectly. I was honored to be one of the people Jerry selected to participate in the "Flight of Eagles" that he organized.