David T. Obergfell

September 23, 1948July 29, 2018
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Deacon Dave peacefully joined Jesus while sleeping at his home in Dallas, TX where he resided with his lovely wife of 48 years, Jackie. Deacon Dave was a devoted husband, father as well as generous, strong and very hard working community leader. He was always there for his family and for those he served as a Deacon and Pastoral Administrator at St. Edwards and later at St. Phillips Catholic Church. During his 40 plus years in the banking industry, he earned a reputation of delivering outstanding results with integrity which led to the Texas Supreme Court appointing him to the Commission for Lawyer Discipline in 2013. Deacon Dave’s legacy of faithful service, integrity, and generosity will continue through his three children, Eric, Jill Draude and Molly Buelna and his ten beautiful Grandchildren, Eva, Jenna, Luke, Jackson, Benjamin, Josephine, Nathaniel, Julia, Logan and Eli.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Vigil Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 3, 2018

David T. Obergfell

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Terry Schuck

August 14, 2018

Rest in peace dear friend. Such a kind soul.

Your earthly presence will be missed, but you will always be in our hearts.


Bob Pollom

August 14, 2018

Like others I have known Dave since Wabash College days. I hope Dave will smile when I reflect on my first recollection. That would be me scrambling to get in proper alphabetical “line-up” sequence at the fraternity ...OBERGFELL, POLLOM, PILES, RUWET.
Dave, leaning over to me: “I believe Piles is before Pollom.”
Me: “Oh yeah. Thanks.”

After graduation our paths parted. The last time I saw Dave was a few years ago in Dallas at a Wabash event. We shared family updates and Dave proudly stated that he was now a deacon in his parish. As I reflect back on that moment and in my mind’s eye still see his infectious smile, I know I am a better person for having known Dave.

Richard Sobolewski

August 12, 2018

I was deeply saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. We were friends since 1966, our freshman year at Wabash. When my family left after dropping me off that year, I felt sad and alone. Fortunately, I ran into smiling Dave and everything changed after that! Dave and I spent many weekends at his parents’ home in Indianapolis, eating like there was no tomorrow and enjoying cruising around the city. We had many good times during those years at Wabash and I will always cherish those memories.

Dave had called me about a month ago, and I am sure glad he did. We had a great conversation. He was an outstanding man, enjoyed life to the fullest, and was a great servant to the Lord. What a great smile that man had.

My heart goes out to Jackie and the family. I will miss Dave deeply, and am so thankful he was a part of my life.

Mike Gregory

August 7, 2018

Obie was a classmate of mine at Wabash. The school is small enough that each class member knows virtually every classmate. He was a Delt, and I was a Lambda Chi. He sold me my first life insurance policy in 1970. We became greater friends when he moved from Crawfordsville to Dallas in the late '70s and became active in the local alumni group. He was a man of integrity with a great sense of humor and a very distinguishable laugh. Along with all other DFW area alums, I will miss his presence at our events. Some Little Giant! Condolences to Jackie and the family.

Ron Bigler

August 6, 2018

To Dave's family: from my interactions with Dave at Wabash College alumni events, I found him to be a spirited, insightful friend that shared openly about matters he thought others would benefit from.
I thoroughly enjoyed his personal story of being awakened in the night by God to make a change in his life. The best part: Dave, like Abram in Genesis 12- took action on it!
Please take comfort in knowing he is truly with God and his life and actions touched so many people in a positive way.

Tom Runge

August 3, 2018

Dave graduated from Wabash College the year before I did. I remember meeting him in Crawfordsville at the then Elston Bank. My sister Fran knew him and introduced me, later telling me that he was a “great guy.”

After I returned to Wabash many years later, I got to know Dave again. From becoming a Deacon to his bank work, he was always positive and upbeat. He would share his health challenges, but simply from a place of filling me in on his life. I ALWAYS came away knowing that whatever life threw at him, he and God would take it in stride.

Every time I was able to spend time with him, I came aware refreshed and recharged. Not just about life but always, always about my faith as well. I can still see his smile. Gentle, big guy...with a great smile.

There is no way to lessen the hurt for those left behind. We need to continue to struggle to join Dave and the other saints.

I think of Dave as an extra Guardian Angel.

Dan Susie

August 3, 2018

I first met him in 1968 at Wabash. He was a defensive tackle on the football team and he came to school with shaved head and an earring. NOBODY had a shaved head and an earring in Central Indiana in 1968...very Intimidating. Of course he turned out to be a great guy...very well respected throughout his business career as a banker and bankruptcy trustee and very much admired for obtaining Deacon status.

He was the best of the best. You can see that in his kids....all are outstanding. Their success reflects Dave ‘s guiding hand and advice.

It is hard to think of going to a Wabash Alum event without Dave present as well.

Jay Patterson

August 3, 2018

Decades ago I invited Dave to a breakfast Bible study. He said he'd like to come but did not have a Bible. So I bought Dave a paperback study Bible and he joined the Bible study. Many years later Dave had completed the six year courses to become a deacon in the Catholic Church. As he processed up the aisle at the church in his white vestments for his ordination he waved in his hand that paperback Bible, dogeared and worn from much use. My friend became Deacon Dave but remained the same vigorous, energetic good friend he was to so many. We will miss him very much. May the peace of the Lord be with Jackie and the rest of Deacon Dave's wonderful family. Jay Patterson, Wabash College, Class of 1965

Gilbert Ramirez

August 2, 2018

I was shocked to learn of his passing this past Monday. I really have no words to express the loss of this wonderful person David Obergfell. He was a wonderful person who was always there to advise and talk to you through tough times and would always listen! The loss for the family is huge and I will be there to help them through this time! I will be praying for Jackie Eric Jill Molly and all their children. Godspeed David Godspeed!

Jenna Draude

July 31, 2018