Russell J. O'Bier, retired Cape teacher

July 14, 2014

Russell Joseph O'Bier, 79, of Greenwood, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford.

Mr. O'Bier was born Jan. 19, 1935, in Milford, the son of the late William Joseph and Beatrice (Russell) O'Bier. He graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1952, received his bachelor of science degree from Washington College, Chestertown, Md., in 1957 and earned a masters in education degree from Salisbury University in 1975.

Russell entered the U.S. Army National Guard, spending his basic training in El Paso, Texas, before being activated in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean Conflict. He taught chemistry and math and science at Milford High School from 1958-63, Caesar Rodney High School from 1963-67 and finally at Cape Henolpen High School from 1967-88 before retiring.

In his spare time, Russell enjoyed billiards, traveling, hunting, sports, house construction, and dancing to the big bands. He was a Mason for 50-plus years, and was a member of the Hiram Lodge 21, AF & AM in Seaford as well as a member of the Milford Senior Center. The family would like to thank the staff of the Country Rest Home for their excellent care of Russell this year.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Barbara Gorton O'Bier; four children, Todd Russell O'Bier and his wife Corrie of Las Vegas, Nev., Stephanie Lynne Gorney and her husband Darren, of Oxford, Pa., Ann Ferentinos and her husband Pete of Chadds Ford, Pa. and Gregory O'Bier of Washington, D.C.; and seven grandchildren, Allie, James and Trent O'Bier; Mia Gorney; Dominic, Alexa and Demetri Ferentinos.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday, July 18, at Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Ave., Milford where a viewing will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St. Johnstown Cemetery, Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to either Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville, DE 19933, or to the Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front St., Milford, DE 19963.