In memory of
William John Oberhelman Jr.
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In memory of
William John Oberhelman Jr.
William John Oberhelman, Jr., a native New Orleanian, passed away March 19, 2020, after a long and full life that included many achievements, none of which was more important than being a loving husband of 53 years to his wife Jean, and an inspiring and devoted father to his three children and six grandchildren. Bill, as his friends called him, was a graduate of Tulane University and Loyola Law School, and practiced law in New Orleans for over 50 years, finally retiring well into his 80's. Bill served as President of the Labor Law section of the Louisiana Bar Association, was a former President of the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans chapter, and President of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association. He was a long-time member of the Tulane Catholic Center and a recipient of the Order of St. Louis for dedicating his time and talents to the church. Bill was also proud of his military service and looked back fondly on his years in the US Air Force. He was involved in USAF ROTC during his college years, and upon graduation from Tulane, was commissioned a second lieutenant and ordered to active duty service. Subsequently, he volunteered for Air Rescue Service (now Combat Rescue) and trained as a Para Rescue Officer. Between active duty and reserve duty, he served 22 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He also generously gave his time to many charitable organizations in New Orleans and served on the Boards of Directors of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans for 15 years and Family Services of New Orleans for 10 years. Beyond his professional, military and charitable work, he was a devoted and giving friend to so many people from all walks of life and all age groups. His compassion and selfless interest in people, their difficulties, their lives and passions, and his willingness to share his time, made him such a dear and well-regarded counsellor and friend. The empathy he had for others was always on display and came before personal considerations and interests. He leaves behind his wife Jean, his son William John Oberhelman, III, his son Ian Edward Oberhelman, his daughter Averil Anne Oberhelman, a son-in law Joseph Sherman, two daughters-in-law, Ileana Oberhelman and Sherie Oberhelman, as well as six grandchildren, Xavier Oberhelman, Andres Oberhelman, Lily Oberhelman, Taj Oberhelman, Joseph Sherman and Teddy Sherman, and his sister, Elizabeth Bedikian. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD
New Orleans, LA 70124
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In memory of
William John Oberhelman Jr.
William John Oberhelman, Jr., a native New Orleanian, passed away March 19, 2020, after a long and full life that included many achievements, none of which was more important than being a loving husband of 53 years to his wife Jean, and an inspiring and devoted father to his three children and six grandchildren. Bill, as his friends called him, was a graduate of Tulane University and Loyola Law School, and practiced law in New Orleans for over 50 years, finally retiring well into his 80's. Bill served as President of the Labor Law section of the Louisiana Bar Association, was a former President of the Federal Bar Association, New Orleans chapter, and President of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association. He was a long-time member of the Tulane Catholic Center and a recipient of the Order of St. Louis for dedicating his time and talents to the church. Bill was also proud of his military service and looked back fondly on his years in the US Air Force. He was involved in USAF ROTC during his college years, and upon graduation from Tulane, was commissioned a second lieutenant and ordered to active duty service. Subsequently, he volunteered for Air Rescue Service (now Combat Rescue) and trained as a Para Rescue Officer. Between active duty and reserve duty, he served 22 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He also generously gave his time to many charitable organizations in New Orleans and served on the Boards of Directors of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans for 15 years and Family Services of New Orleans for 10 years. Beyond his professional, military and charitable work, he was a devoted and giving friend to so many people from all walks of life and all age groups. His compassion and selfless interest in people, their difficulties, their lives and passions, and his willingness to share his time, made him such a dear and well-regarded counsellor and friend. The empathy he had for others was always on display and came before personal considerations and interests. He leaves behind his wife Jean, his son William John Oberhelman, III, his son Ian Edward Oberhelman, his daughter Averil Anne Oberhelman, a son-in law Joseph Sherman, two daughters-in-law, Ileana Oberhelman and Sherie Oberhelman, as well as six grandchildren, Xavier Oberhelman, Andres Oberhelman, Lily Oberhelman, Taj Oberhelman, Joseph Sherman and Teddy Sherman, and his sister, Elizabeth Bedikian. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To view and sign the guest book, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD
New Orleans, LA 70124
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