Robert Walter ‘Bob’ Oggenfuss, 83


Robert Walter “Bob” Oggenfuss, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at home, following a brief illness. He was born May 6, 1933, in Fairfield, Conn., to Dorothy Elisabeth (Heidrich) Oggenfuss and Herman Walter Oggenfuss.

Oggenfuss was a 1951 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Del., in the school’s second graduating class. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1955, he married GeorgeAnn Voshell and joined the U.S. Army, based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Following his discharge, they returned to Delaware, where he joined the Wilmington Trust Company, and they raised their two children in Wooddale.

Retiring after 42 years, he still kept busy, first by overseeing construction of the Children’s Beach House building on Lewes Beach. Following cardiac surgery, Oggenfuss volunteered for 10 years with the Cardiac Rehab Unit at Beebe Medical Center.

Oggenfuss was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating from Ocracoke Island, N.C., to Maine. He was a lifelong member of Ducks Unlimited and a longtime member of the Brandywine Long Rifles, building, restoring and competing with black-powder rifles and pistols. Oggenfuss was also an active member of the Delaware T’s (Model T) Ford Club, with whom he was able to share his passion for restoring, showing and driving old cars, especially his prized 1931 Ford Model A pickup truck and Phaeton convertible.

Oggenfuss married LaVerne “Winnie” McKune in 1990. When they were not traveling, they enjoyed their time at home on the banks of Herring Creek, near Millsboro, Del., entertaining the family and friends who visited frequently.

Oggenfuss was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Arthur H. Oggenfuss. He is survived by his wife, GeorgeAnn Voshell Oggenfuss; his son, Lyle N. Oggenfuss of Lewes; a daughter, Linda O. Brizendine and her husband, William, of Hockessin, Del.; his grandchildren, Jonathan Brizendine, Amanda Brizendine, and Gretchen Sianni and her spouse, Alex; his stepchildren, Karen McKune of Seaford, Del., and Kenneth McKune and his wife, Candace, of Middletown, Del.; and his step-grandchildren, Kylie, Paige and Brett.

Burial was to be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to Conley’s United Methodist Church; 33106 Jolyn’s Way; Lewes, DE 19958. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.