Christian E. Oberlies, 70, of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at Select Specialty Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.
Christian was born on April 4, 1952, in Carthage, Illinois. He was the son of the late Elmer (Sy) and Loretta (Condon) Oberlies. Christian had three siblings: Jane, Stephanie, and Jim. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1970 and attended Urbana University, earning his baccalaureate degree in Social Science. Christian earned his Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Wright State University, before embarking on his journey as a Behavioral Health Therapist for 40 years in both in-patient and out-patient settings. Christian retired from the Behavioral Health field in 2020, looking forward to walks with his dog Jasper, time tending his garden, and more time with family.
Christian is survived by Karen, his loving wife of 25 years, whom he married on October 4, 1996. He is also survived by two step-children: Kimberly (Joe) Page, Albuquerque, NM and Danile Kerns II, Bellefontaine, OH; seven grandchildren: Graeme Nicholl, Fiona Page, Nora Page, Liam Page and Emma Page, all of Albuquerque, NM and Peyton Kerns of Thackery, OH and Carson Kerns of West Liberty, OH and his siblings: Stephanie Ewbank of Springfield, IL and brother Jim (partner Mark Carpenter) Oberlies, of Naples, FL, his nieces: April Smiddy of Springfield, IL, Rickelle (Corey) Nelson of Louisville, KY, and Noelle Newell Knapp of Los Angeles, CA.
Preceding him in death were his parents and sister Jane Newell.
Passionate about life and his family and friends, Christian enjoyed the Grateful Dead, taking pictures of memorable moments, gardening, watching sunsets and remaining in awe of nature. He was a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do and a Krav Maga Orange Belt (Level 2). Christian believed that life was full of many colors, many losses, and many joys. He found happiness in everyday life and strived to be more real, more practical, more personable, and more helpful to others.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but especially his canine companion, Jasper, who is always looking for Christian to come home.
Per his wishes Christian will be cremated, with no services at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sepsis Alliance, Sepsis Alliance, 3180 University Avenue, Suite 235, San Diego, CA 92104 or by visiting www.sepsis.org.
Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Bellefontaine, is honored to serve the Oberlies family and encourages anyone to share a fond memory or message of condolence at www.edsfh.com.