Bob was born October 7, 1946, to Robert J. and Mabel Oberding. He attended Central High School graduating in 1965.
After high school, during August 1965, Bob joined the United States Air Force and was trained and worked in air conditioning. He served at Air Force bases in South Dakota and Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in August 1968 with a National Defense Service Medal.
When he returned home, he began working for Ace Heating and Air Conditioning until January 1970. He then worked in the same capacity for Keco Industries on Beekman Street.
During October 1970, Bob the Cincinnati Workhouse as a Guard.
He joined the Cincinnati Police Division as a Police Recruit on October 29, 1972. He was promoted to Patrolman on February 25, 1973, issued Badge 336, and assigned to District 6 (3295 Erie Avenue). Just after he passed his probationary period, Patrolman Oberding was responding to a report of a bank robbery when he saw a man in the back seat of a car that raised his suspicion. He pulled the car over and found the bank robber, all the money, and the firearm. Three months later, he and his partner pulled over another vehicle and recovered the suspects of a King Kwik robbery, thousands of dollars, and a sawed-off shotgun. Patrolman Oberding was rotated to District 4 (7017 Vine Street) in 1974. Beginning about 1980, he began having serious difficulty performing his duties due to a back injury. On July 25, 1982, he transferred to the Warrant Processing Unit at Central Record Section. Police Officer Oberding was medically retired on May 1, 1984, with 17 years of service to his country and community.
We are advised that Police Officer Oberding has died at the age of 75.
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