John Phillip Oberlin


COLUMBUS - John “Mike” Phillip Oberlin died on March 31, 2020 at the age of 84. He passed away peacefully at First Community Village in Columbus, Ohio. Mike was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts on July 7, 1935 to parents Ivan and Olga Owseichik. Mike also had 3 brothers, Tony, Michael, and Alex. It is his resemblance to his older brother that earned him the nickname Mike.

Mike was an outstanding scholar and athlete. He attended Yale University, earning a B.A. in Business in 1957. In addition to being Captain of the Yale football team he was an honored member of the Skull and Bones Society.

After graduation, Mike pursued a highly successful career in business. He retired in 2004, following 25 years of dedicated leadership as the Vice President of Operations for I.Schumann & Company in Bedford, Ohio.

Mike will be remembered for so much more than his scholastic and professional achievements. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a wonderful friend and a hard worker in his community. He committed himself to serve God as a leader in his faith community at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, Ohio where he served on numerous boards and participated in many aspects of leadership.

Mike never turned a blind eye to someone in need. His generosity, gratitude, and humility were hallmarks of his tremendous personality. When he entered a room, all who were present could feel the energy and love he brought with him. He kept a card in his wallet listing his children’s and grandchildren’s birthdays. Every year, right on time, he thoughtfully remembered each of them.

Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marianne (Maskey) Oberlin; his daughters Karen Klappenbach, Lisa Courtney, and Kathryn “Kit” Galloway; sons John Oberlin, Robert Galloway, and Will Galloway: and 13 accomplished and loving grandchildren who adored him. He was preceded in death by his daughter Pamela Oberlin.

All who knew Mike loved him. There was not a finer human being. He was undoubtedly welcomed into heaven with open arms.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, Ohio, at a date to be announced later, due to the current health department guidance on social distancing Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora Street, Hudson Ohio, Attn: Rev. Charlotte Collins Read. (HHT, 4/12/20)

Published on April 10, 2020