Kenneth A. Oberuch

Kenneth A. Oberuch

Columbia, MD - Kenneth A. Oberuch, 85, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, December 14, 2020, at Harmony Hall, Columbia, MD, following a brief illness of pneumonia and a courageous long battle with Alzheimer's and renal failure. He was born on August 29, 1935, in Newark, New Jersey, the son of John & Mary Oberuch.

Raised in Lakewood, OH, Ken was a graduate of Lutheran High School, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953.

He enlisted in the Army Ohio National Guard. After basic training, he attended training at the United States Army Armor Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon completing his training, he was assigned to The 145th Armored Regiment, 37th Infantry Division Ohio Army National Guard in Berea, Ohio. He was honorably discharged as a Platoon Sergeant in March of 1964.

Ken married his high school sweetheart, Margaret (Marge) Ann Goebelt, on June 24, 1961, at Messiah Lutheran Church, Fairview Park, Ohio.

He received an Associate in Business Administration from Fenn College in 1964 and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Cleveland State University in 1967. After college Ken began his long career in the Fastener Industry with Spriex-Atlas as the General Manager of his division; in 1984, he started his own company Fastener & Maintenance Supply Co., Inc., in Akron, Ohio.

Ken is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Marge Oberuch, his son, Michael Kenneth Oberuch (Erin), daughter, Kathleen (Kathy) Marie Boehme, granddaughters Emily and Megan Oberuch, brother-in-law, Richard W. Goebelt (Carol), nieces and a nephew. He is survived by additional relatives as well.

Upon his final retirement in 2011, Ken and Marge settled in Ellicott City, MD, to be closer to their grandchildren. Due to Ken's failing health, they moved in with Mike and his family.

Ken was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hudson. He served in many church council capacities, including president for two consecutive terms. He was a regular assisting lay minister, lay reader, and usher.

In his professional career, Ken served as a board member for the Northcoast Fastener Association. Ken enjoyed working with the Great Trail Council Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing and camping. He took pride in his yard so much that he could have been a Major League groundskeeper! One of his favorite pastimes was to spend time with his grandchildren and grand puppies later in life.

Ken enjoyed traveling with the "Puddle Jumpers" to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Holland, Czechia, Belgium and many other European countries. He enjoyed fishing in isolated places in Canada and traveling to many destinations in the Caribbean. He also enjoyed visiting domestic locations and visited 44 of the 50 states.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Oberuch and sister, Marianne J. Novak (nee Oberuch).

The family held a private service on December 16, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or online at

A memorial service will be announced at a later date in Hudson, Ohio.

Posted online on December 23, 2020