Curtis Wayne Oberg was born August 24, 1938 to his proud parents, Dorcas and Oliver Oberg in Hermann, Missouri. He grew up in Hermann and was educated in the Hermann school system, a first-class system by any standard. After graduating from Hermann High School in 1956, Curt enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his nine year service in the Air Force, he received several years of formal electronics training, and was ultimately recruited by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Aircraft Company where Curt began a forty-two year career as a field service engineer.
Over the span of Curt’s five-decade career in aviation, he worked on the F-102 Delta Dart interceptor, the F-4 Phantom, and all variants of the F-15 Eagle. The last twenty-three years of his career, he was a member of a team dedicated to fielding the latest technology advanced medium range air to air missile called the AMRAAM missile. Curt’s leisure time was also dedicated to aviation. He was a life-long model airplane enthusiast, and was an avid radio control (R/C) model airplane competitor. Curt flew R/C precision acrobatics at the local and national level until nearly eighty years of age.
During his time in the Air Force, Curt met and married the love of his life, Shirley (nee Von Behren) Oberg, also of Hermann, Missouri. They were married for over sixty-two years until her passing in November of 2021. During their marriage, they traveled the world with assignments in Japan, Texas, the island of Okinawa, New Mexico, Tampa, Florida, Soesterberg, the Netherlands, Tehran, Iran, St Louis, Missouri, Phoenix, Arizona, and their final destination, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Curt and Shirley had one son, Michael Wayne Oberg, who lives with his family, Yvonne and Conrad Oberg, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Curt passed away peacefully at his family home on April 16, 2023, and was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; and an older brother, Jerry.
No services are planned at this time. Curt and Shirley’s final resting place will be the Oak Haven Cemetery near Hermann, the small community in Missouri where they met, and their lives together began.