Oct. 17, 1925 — Nov. 27, 2010
Thomas W. Obert passed away peacefully in Placerville, Nov. 27, 2010, at the age of 85. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty of Placerville. He was the beloved father of Stephanie (Fernando) Obert Romero of San Jose and Thomas (Wilai) W. Obert, Jr. of Westminster, Calif.; brother of Glenn Obert of Hemet, Calif., and Alvin Obert of Athens, Ga.; devoted grandfather of Matthew Romero and Claire (Lars) Romero Shaw, both of San Jose, and Peter Boonma of Westminster.
Thomas was a native of Santa Monica, Calif., born Oct. 17, 1925. He joined the U.S. Army in December of 1943 and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1985. Tom received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1950 and went on to work for McClellan Air Force Base in Maintenance Engineering, United Air Lines Maintenance Base in San Francisco, and Northrop Grumman Aircraft Division in Los Angeles. He was a member of the United Methodist Federated Church in Placerville and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. He built his and Betty’s first home and helped design their current home in Placerville. He was a long time member of Rotary, beginning in Southern California and continuing with the Rotary Club of Placerville.
Private family inurnment services will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Friends are invited to sign a guestbook and leave condolences at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home in Placerville. The family suggests any remembrances in Tom’s name may be made to the Rotary Club of Placerville or the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County.