James Obst

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James H. “Jim” Obst, 87, of Belleville, IL, born November 7, 1933, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, November 8, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Obst was a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL. Jim graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August, 1954, and was assigned to the USS Johnston. He was discharged in December, 1957, attaining the rank of 1st Class Pipefitter. He worked as a plumber for 44 years in the Belleville area.

On May 17, 1958, Jim married Shirley Jean Schmitz of Belleville. Their son Michael was born in December, 1959. Through the years, he was a member of the Walther League, Zion Church choir, Couples Club, and Board of Properties.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland F. and Caroline J., nee Kottmann, Obst; two brothers, Lester and Alan Obst; sister-in-law, Betty Obst and Mary Knepper; and a brother-in-law, Walter Knepper.

Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley J. Obst, nee Schmitz; his son, Michael (Sandra) Obst of Belleville, IL; three granddaughters, Stacey (Scott) Paule, Leslie (Dan) Prescott, and Katie (Rudy) Croon; ten great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Obst.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


6 Comments on James Obst

Mandy Graves said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 12:44 PM

To the entire Obst family, I am so sorry for your loss. Grandma and Grandpa Obst always treated me like I was family, and I will always have fond memories of them and their kindness.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ken and Jackie Woodome said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 10:56 AM

Sorry for your loss. Went to church and School with Jim many years ago. Good Christian Man who loved his family, his church, and his many friends.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 7:03 AM

My sympathies and condolences go out to the Obst family. Jim and Shirley were neighbors of my parents in Lincolnshire for many years and helped my parents through some trying times. RIP Jim.

  • Belleville
  • Il
William M Biehl said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 6:07 AM

I was sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed seeing him at club functions. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Reta Baxley said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2020 at 11:46 PM

I remember Jim well from Zion when we lived in Belleville. Really nice and friendly fellow. Prayers for Shirley and family

  • Carlton
Art Engelage said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Mike sorry to hear about the loss of your father.

  • Smithton
  • Il

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