WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Peacefully and suddenly on June 18, 2013, Jon Douglas Obee of Winnipeg, Manitoba, died in Costa Mesa, Calif., while visiting his daughter, Anne. While there, he and wife, Sue, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on June 3 and his 75th birthday and Father’s Day on June 16.
Doug was born June 16, 1938, in Toledo, Ohio, to Leon and Ruth (Ginter) Obee. He attended elementary and high school in Whitehouse, Ohio. Doug received a Bachelor of Science and Business Education Degree from Defiance College, and did post-graduate studies at Ohio University. He taught at several schools in Ohio before coming to Mount Vernon High School, where he taught Senior Social Studies from 1964 to 1967. His love of education and learning continued throughout his life.
It was in Mount Vernon that he met Sue Van Winkle, a teacher at East Knox High School. They were married in International Falls, Minn., on June 3, 1968.
Doug spent summers on Lake of the Woods in Sioux Narrows, Ontario. Later he worked there at the family business, Obee’s Freezer Service, which he managed and owned from 1967 through 1988. This spring, Doug was honored for his 35 years as a tax associate with H & R Block. He was the recipient of many awards for high client retention.
Doug loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Europe and throughout North America. Road trips were his favorites and they often brought him and Sue back to Ohio.
Doug was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Ron and Gary; by his father- and mother-in-law, Dwight and Etta Van Winkle of Bladensburg.
He is survived by the loves of his life, wife, Sue; daughter, Anne; sisters-in-law, Cathie Obee, Margaret Obee, Jane Van Winkle (Tom Smith); brothers-in-law, Tim (Kristin) Van Winkle, Jim (Kat) Van Winkle; and many nephews and nieces.
Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. He was a donor to OneLegacy to benefit others. To remember Doug best he would want you to do those things that are important to you.
A memorial service and celebration of Doug’s life were held July 25 at Atlantic-Garden City United Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Interment will be at the Mount Zion Cemetery on Sept. 29 at 3 p.m., gathering at the Mount Zion Church at 2:45 p.m. After the graveside service, a reception and time for remembering Doug will be held at Ms. B’s Restaurant & Bakery in Bladensburg.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.