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Oberfoell, Leo “Mike”

Oberfoell, Leo “Mike”

August 23, 1931 — January 27, 2021

Leo Thomas "Mike" Oberfoell, 89, a 53-year resident of Liberty, passed away January 27, 2021, at Liberty Hospital.

Mike was born August 23, 1931, in Epworth, Iowa, one of eight children of Leroy and Marie (Sweeney) Oberfoell.

Mike worked many years in the lumber industry, including for Wickes Lumber in Mosby, Diamond Lumber in Lenexa, and finally Schutte Lumber in Kansas City, where he was proud to have calculated and planned for much of the lumber for Kansas City Zoo expansions. He was a lifelong Catholic and member of St. James parish in Liberty.

Along with his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Barton) Oberfoell; siblings, Milton "Pinky" Oberfoell, Ione Engler, Francis "Ducky" Oberfoell and Patricia Brady; and grandsons, Luke Oberfoell and Michael Pullen.

Survivors include his children, Gerald "Gary" Oberfoell, Carrie Kasten, Tim Oberfoell (Darci), Darla Stokes (Mike) and Gregory Oberfoell (Carla); 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He also leaves sisters, Eileen Domas, Helen McDermott and Verna McDermott; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 am, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, February 6, at St. James Catholic Church, Liberty. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

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Visitation will begin at 11:00 am, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, February 6, at St. James Catholic Church, Liberty. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

Oberfoell, Leo “Mike”'s Guestbook

Uncle Mike became part of the Barton clan when he married my moms (Betty Jean (Barton) Stierman) little sister -> my Aunt Phyllis. When my family made the journies to visit relatives in Dubuque, IA, we typically stopped in MO to visit with the Oberfoell extension of the Barton's. Carrie is closest to my age so Carrie and I 'hung out' together. :). Despite my being in AZ and Carrie being in MO, we 'talk' just about every day via text (guess that's one thing about modern technology/cell phones that is a plus). Due to the coronavirus, the 4th of July 2020, Barton Reunion was cancelled. ...I missed the opportunity to see Uncle Mike, Carrie, Darla and Gary (they are usually at the reunions). Uncle Mike and Aunt Phyllis were like peas in a pod => happy as could be and living life to the fullest. Whenever we were at their place, what impressed upon me the most, was how happy my Aunt Phyll and Uncle Mike were... Especially when they were together I remember one Union Millwright job I was on (building a new conveyor system in the Phoenix, AZ Sky Harbor Airport) => I started talking with the Superintendent in charge of the installation. He said he was from Liberty, MO. I Told him I had relatives in Liberty, MO - my Aunt Phyll and Uncle Mike plus my cousins. The superintendent said he knew my Uncle Mike from the lumber industry - and Gary (& Uncle Mike) from the VFW. ... What a small world we live in!... I called Uncle Mike right there and then - told him where I was and what I was doing .. And that he would not believe who I was talking with. I then gave my phone to the Superintendent (I can't recall his name). Uncle Mike and the Superintendent chatted for awhile. ... I'm sure when the super' was back in Liberty he met up with Uncle Mike and Gary at the VFW. :) ... like I said, what a small world we live in. Uncle Mike was a good man - always had a smile on his face and great stories to tell. I cannot express the regret I feel for not having the opportunity to visit with him before he passed away. I must remind myself that Uncle Mike is in Heaven with my Aunt Phyll. . They are happily reunited. If we live our lives right, we will see them again. My heart goes out to Carrie (I'm so sorry I'm not there/Id give anything to be there for you), Darla, Gary, Tim and Greg (hope I got that right - I'm horrible with names:), et al...I hope to see you this Spring/Summer!!! I hope a reunion is scheduled soon - before the base of the Barton clan is gone. Anyway... My sympathies/condolences to all those Uncle Mike's passing touches. He is much loved and will be terribly missed.

Heidi Stierman

Dear Gary, Carrie, Tim, Darla & Greg, My condolences to you and all your extended family on the passing of your dad. The Barton reunions were a little brighter when he and your mom attended, as I enjoyed getting to know more about their generation. After your mother’s passing, I was so pleased that your dad kept up the tradition of seeing the Barton relatives, in addition to visiting the Oberfoell clan. My prayers are with all of you today as you celebrate your dad’s life. May your happy memories provide some comfort and strength as you adjust to life’s changes.

Tina Barton

Mike and Aunt Phyllis would visit my family in Dubuque occasionally when they lived in Epworth. After moving to Missouri, I didn't see them for many years. Mike and Phyllis attended most Barton family reunions for decades, and even after Phyllis passed Mike continued to remain connected to the Bartons. I was glad he attended as we always had a nice visit. He is missed. With sympathy, Lisa (Barton) Paulos

Lisa Barton Paulos

Our family moved to Liberty just after Christmas in 1971, where my sister, Judith, and I started grade school at St. James. I was in the fourth grade with Tim, and Judith was in second grade with Darla. That's how we got to know their family. Since we lived about half way between Liberty and Mosby, we were always going to the lumberyard. That's mostly where I got to know Mr. Oberfoell's unique and wittty sense of humor. Although I've been away from Liberty since 1983, I'll never forget all of the great memories. My condolences to the entire Oberfoell family. Mike will definitely be missed.

Greg Ernst

I knew Mike from Mosby lumber. Got to know him from going to the V.F.W. also. He was a GREAT person. Sorry about your loss. Bernard Yardley

Bernard Yardley

When Mike and the family would come back to Epworth, Darla, Trisha and I would go swimming during "girls swimming" at the Seminary pool. On our walk back from swimming one time we stopped by the tavern where Mike was catching up with old friends. He bought us all a bottle of cold Crush and we walked back to Grandmas with it (glass bottle and all) happy as three little clams. With the extra cousins around we may have had a great game of "pig pen knock down" as darkness hit. Care free days of summer! Funny how the little things stick in our minds. Thanks for the Crush Mike! Sincere sympathy to your whole family. We are praying for you.

Marci (McDermott) Wertzberger

We were very sad to hear of uncle Mike’s passing. Our condolences go out to the whole family. He will be missed but not forgotten. Mike was always one of my favorite people. He always had a smile for you when you would see him. Our whole family really thought allot of Mike. I know Grandma O and my mom and dad (Dorrance and Verna) always looked forward to the visits from Mike, Phyliss, and the kids. He created lots of memories for our families over the years when the Oberfoell family would descend on Epworth for the yearly family vacation. He and Phyliss were always fun and funny together. Since he passed, we have already shared plenty of Mike, Phyliss, Gary, Sissy, Tim, Darla and Greg stories. Lots of great memories around those summer vacations and family reunions. There are some really good stories!! A couple years back I was working in KC and I stopped in to see Mike and spend the night with him. It was a blast as he led me around the house showing me things and telling me stories about everything in his house. Mike was a great story teller!! He was really good at sharing history and the lumberyard stories were particularity interesting. The best part of the trip was when 3:30 rolled around and we had to hurry up and get ready to get to “the office” for happy hour. Fun times, Old Crow, and more stories. So, RIP uncle Mike and thanks for the memories!!!! Oh, and special thanks for taking me to my first Chiefs game at Arrowhead when I was just a kid!!

Craig & Kim McDermott and family

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