David J. Wobser

1939 - 2020

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David J. Wobser, age 81, of Findlay, died at 3:03am on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Toledo. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 23, 1939, to the late Walter F. and Geraldine M. (Gassman) Wobser. He had been married to Barbara M. Wobser who survives in Findlay, and later married Janet R. Frederick on September 16, 1989 and she survives. Also surviving are his son: Jeffrey D. (Jane, deceased) Wobser of Findlay and two nephews: Andrew (Michelle) Wobser of Cincinnati, Ohio and Steve (Holly) Wobser of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a brother: Ralph A. Wobser. Wobser graduated in 1957, from Toledo Libbey High School and attended Bowling Green State University majoring in Math and Biology. From 1965-1980, he sold major appliances with Mainline Distributors out of Toledo, then the Commercial Electric Company and finally General Electric. He was the Director of Public Safety-Service for the City of Findlay, Ohio from 1980-1996, working under Bentley Burr for four years and Mayor Keith Romick for 12 years. From 1996-2001, he was the manager of the Sherman House Apartments for the Blanchard Valley Health Association. He had been elected to Findlay City Council for the then Fifth Ward from 1974-1977. He served on the Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center Bd. of Trustees from 1993-1995. He had been the Board President of the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors from 1987-1988. From 1985-1988, he was a Board Member of the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the Jail Advisory. He was an Advisory Board Member from 1990-2012 of the Great Lakes Seaway Shipping Online Inc. From 2003-2012, he was a member of the Advisory Council of the Marine Historical Society of Detroit. Earlier in his life, Wobser was a member of the Toledo Zenobia Shrine Temple (50 year member), Findlay Shrine Club, Findlay Elks Lodge #75, and the Ohio Genealogical Society, Erie and Hancock County Chapters. In retirement, Wobser pursued his passion for history, genealogy, Great Lake Ships, railroads, and lighthouses. He and wife Janet spent many trips exploring the historic areas around the Great Lakes taking pictures of lighthouses around the lakes. David especially enjoyed the annual trip to Sault Sainte Marie for the opening of the Soo locks in the spring. During this time, he worked as an editor for the Boat Nerd newsletter and helped keep the organization (www.boatnerd.com) website up to date. Wobser also worked for the Hancock County Board of Elections, heading up the team that managed the voting machines at all of the county voting locations. In fact, on the day he died, Wobser attended two meetings in preparation for the August 8th special election. In the last few years, Wobser was an usher at the First Lutheran Church of Findlay where he was an active member. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 1-3 and 5-7pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. A Christian Memorial Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at First Lutheran Church, located at 109 East Lincoln Street, Findlay with additional visitation at the church, one hour prior to the service from 9-10am and organ music beginning at 9:30am. Pastor Bob Cochran will officiate and interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to either the First Lutheran Church (www.1lutheranchurch.org). or to the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, 12505 C.R. 99, Findlay, Ohio 45840 (http://www.nworrp.org/). Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Tuesday, July 28th 2020 1:00-3:00pm
    Tuesday, July 28th 2020 5:00-7:00pm

    First Lutheran Church[Map]
    109 E. Lincoln St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Wednesday, July 29th 2020 9:00-10:00am

  • Funeral Service:

    Wednesday, July 29th 2020 - 10:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    First Lutheran Church [Map]
    109 E. Lincoln St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    First Lutheran Church -
    109 East Lincoln Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc.
    12505 C.R. 99
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Jeff Wobser
Date :Monday, July 27th 2020
From : Ronny Neds
Jeff,You are in our thoughts and prayers. What a Great man! Many fond memories growing up on Southcliff. He always had a smile for you followed by a great wise crack! All in good Fun!Many Blessings!






To : The Wobser Family
Date :Monday, July 27th 2020
From : Eric Habegger
I was so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I am a retired Findlay firefighter and am grateful for the opportunity offered by Dave many years ago when he hired me. I had many interesting conversations with Dave downtown, camera always in hand. I have a photo of the aerial truck flowing water at the Argyle building fire donated by Dave to a charity auction. It is displayed in a prominent place in my den. It is a cherished reminder of the many fires we spoke at. He rarely missed one.



To : Janet and family
Date :Sunday, July 26th 2020
From : Gary and Mel Schultz
Please accept our sympathy in Dave's untimely passing. We always enjoyed our conversations with him. We are sure that he will be greatly missed.



To : The Wobser Family
Date :Sunday, July 26th 2020
From : Rod and Lisa Phillips
Our deepest sympathies to your entire family in this difficult time. Both my wife and I are retired from The City of Findlay and we knew and respected Dave for his intelligence and his deep caring for the city he loved and served so well for so long. You should all be proud of a life well spent in service to others, right to the end.



To : Jeff
Date :Saturday, July 25th 2020
From : Emily
So sorry for your loss🙏💙 You are in my prayers & hugs to your Mom. xo Emily



To : The Wobser Family
Date :Saturday, July 25th 2020
From : Brad Ehrnschwender
My prayers and deepest sympathy to your entire family on Dave's passing. Dave always impressed me with his wit, and intelligence. He may not have always had the answer to something, but he definitely knew how and where to get it. He may have been tough at times, but he was always fair. He will certainly be missed.



To : Wobser family
Date :Saturday, July 25th 2020
From : David Hackenberg
David was one of a kind. Never have I worked with anyone more dedicated to his job and to the people he worked with and to his employer. He was a true patriot. Sixteen years plus his council years he was a pleasure to work with despite our differences from time to time. We had a never ending bond almost like brothers. We were the same age, same political persuasion and both loved what we were doing. Also, neither being native Findlayites, we both fell in love with Findlay and strived to make it better. He will be sorely missed. RIP



To : The Wobser Family
Date :Saturday, July 25th 2020
From : Al and Alice Wilmsmeyer
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our memories of times spent with Dave during special events, as City of Findlay Safety Service Director and the setting up of the voting machines are cherished. His ability to take on a task and give it his all is to be admonished. We loved his wit and sense of humor. It is an honor to say he was our dear friend. You have our sympathies.



To : The Wobser family
Date :Saturday, July 25th 2020
From : Warren Lane
I would like to express my sincere condolences for the passing of Dave. I always appreciated his straightforwardness, wit, humor, and his passion for anything he undertook. He was a unique individual and will not be forgotten.



To : The Wobser Family
Date :Friday, July 24th 2020
From : Susan and Brad Wobser
Sharing in your sorrow,we want to express our sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of David. I will always treasure his kind and humorous thoughts and emails, and feel saddened by your loss.He will be missed by many!
Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time..



To : The Wobser Family
Date :Friday, July 24th 2020
From : Steven and Linda Moorhead
What a shock to hear of the passing of Dave. I was with him for those two meetings at the Election Board on the day of his death. One never knows at what point the end will come. Take each day and show each person what they mean to you. I know he will be missed by those of us who knew him.



To : Wobser family
Date :Wednesday, July 29th 2020
From : Nancy Wilczynski
I am so shocked about Dave’s passing. Working the polls will be a little less interesting without Dave’s ornery sense of humor. Condolences to all of his family and friends.



To : Janet
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Marilyn Bowlus
Dear Janet, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dave. Dave was a part of my youth and a good friend. He will be missed by the gang from Libbey High School. We all had many good times together. Marilyn Bowlus



To : Janet
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Marilyn Bowlus
Dear Janet, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Dave. Dave was a part of my youth and a good friend. He will be missed by the gang from Libbey High School. We all had many good times together. Marilyn Bowlus



To : Janet and Jeff
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Jim Burnham
my heart felt condolence on David's passing. He was the best Service Safety director I had the pleasurer of serving under. He remained a friend from then on. My words can not express the way I feel. My God comfort you in this time.



To : Janet Family
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Mike Sheryl Pfeifer
Our sympathies to the family & our thoughts & prayers are with you all.



To : Dave Wobser Family
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Bob Haggerty Family
We are very sorry for your loss. With loving prayers, Bob Haggerty family.



To : Dave Wobser Family
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Bob Haggerty Family
We are very sorry for your loss. With loving prayers, Bob Haggerty family.



To : Janet
Date :Monday, July 27th 2020
From : Randy Shank
Janet, I am so sorry to hear of this. I always liked Dave and got along fine with him. You are in our thoughts and prayers



To : Janet Jeff
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Bill Recker
Dear Jan,&Jeff. I"m sorry to hear about the loss of Dave. He was the best Safty Service Director That Findlay ever had. He was a little rough at times however He got things done. He was also in charge of the voting machines for years and was super at it. We will miss him!!! Bill



To : Janet Jeff
Date :Tuesday, July 28th 2020
From : Bill Recker
Dear Jan,&Jeff. I"m sorry to hear about the loss of Dave. He was the best Safty Service Director That Findlay ever had. He was a little rough at times however He got things done. He was also in charge of the voting machines for years and was super at it. We will miss him!!! Bill



To : Janet Wobser and family
Date :Tuesday, August 4th 2020
From : Roger and Judy Hall
Tenderly may time heal your sorrow.
Gently may friends ease your pain.
Softly may peace replace heartaches,
And may warmest memories remain.
Roger and Judy Hall



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