A A Celebration of Life for Rudolph “Rudy” James Oberzan II, 74, Lawrence will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Union Pacific Depot (Visitor Center), North Lawrence. He passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living.
Rudy was born March 4, 1942 in Pittsburg, KS, the son of Rudolph James and Agnes Marie (O’Malley) Oberzan.
He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1960 where he participated in high school sports. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University and his MBA from the University of Kansas.
While at Stanford he was a member of the boxing team, where he served as captain. He also boxed in ‘66-67 in the Golden Gloves Tournament in Kansas City.
He lived for many years in Saco, Maine, and then Epping New Hampshire, before recently returning to Lawrence.
He enjoyed outdoor sports: snow skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, and sailing, and he had a keen interest in Civil War history.
He was a sales/site manager for several prefabricated manufacturing home companies.
Survivors include his two sons, Rudolph James Oberzan III, Dayton, ME, Zachary Aaron Oberzan, Saco, ME; daughter, Jennie Eve Aranovitch, Biddeford, ME; two grandchildren, Josiah and Eva Aranovitch; sister, Ann Look, Glendale, AZ; and brothers, Joe M. Oberzan, Thomas P. Oberzan, and John V. Oberzan, all of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, David M. Oberzan.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.