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Louis Mark Oberdeck, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 5, 2023.

Louis was born to Louis and Violet Oberdeck of Mound, MN on September 23, 1941. He graduated from Mound High School in 1959 and served in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam War, before working for the Mobil Oil Company in Illinois, Alaska Children and Family Services near Anchorage, and finally—for over 23 years—with State of Minnesota as a Recreational Therapist. He had a passion for helping people and seeing them reach their full potential, especially if they were underprivileged or had physical or mental health challenges.

Louis attended the University of Minnesota where he met his wife, Joyce Freeman, in 1960. They were married on July 9, 1966, surrounded by friends and family. Lou valued higher education, earning his Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Recreational Therapy. Additionally, in 1971, Lou and Joyce welcomed their first child, Tyler. And in 1973, they welcomed their second child, Amy, followed by their third child, Heather, in 1976. Lou worked hard to make sure his family was taken care of and felt loved every day. He was most proud of all his children and encouraged them to follow their dreams. However, he cherished being a grandparent and his last goal was to see all four grandchildren graduate high school and experience the joy of life. Determined and intentional, as with most things he did, Lou accomplished that earlier this year.

One of his many passions was traveling. Together he and Joyce took their family to the Middle East, the Mediterranean, several countries throughout Europe and Asia, and traveled to many more destinations. The hope was always to enrich his family’s Christian faith by following the footsteps of Jesus and Apostle Paul, as well as to gain a better understanding of Lutheran theology by learning about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Most recently, despite COVD delaying the planned 2020 trip, Lou made his dream of taking the whole family to five countries in Europe–concluding the adventure by experiencing the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany–come true in 2022. Again, mission accomplished.

Louis had many titles: husband, dad, brother, son, uncle, friend, and, perhaps the most important, beloved child of God. He was known to study the scripture with such passion by attending the lay school of theology, leading men’s Bible studies, spending a week each year with his family at a summer family Bible camp, and even reading the Bible nightly to his children as they sat on his lap. He was a long-time active member of Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, MN.

Louis loved his animals! He always had big dreams to connect children with the love and care of pets—from his beloved pygmy and full-sized goats, to llamas, alpacas, donkeys, and more. He loved movies, and Snickers bars, and cheering for his kids and grandkids playing whatever sport or academic sport they chose to pursue. He attended many, many games and competitions.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brother Martin and sister-in-law Joan, and nephew Peter, plus many beloved pets and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Oberdeck, his children Tyler (Darcy) Oberdeck of Mound, MN, Amy (Jason) Chalupnik of Buffalo, MN, Heather (Michael) Kistner of Spooner, WI and his four beloved grandchildren Thomas, Emily, Daniel and Timothy, two step-grandchildren Sarah (Mark) Johnson and Ryan (Courtney) Kistner and three step-great grandchildren, plus several nephews, cousins, and a Godson Brent, plus many former colleagues, former foster children, and trusted friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to one of the following charities which Louis and Joyce enthusiastically and faithfully supported: Mount Carmel Family Bible Camp, or Running Strong for American Indian Youth, or the Navajo Lutheran Mission and School, or buy a goat from Heifer International.

The family wishes to thank all the medical professionals and care staff who attended to Louis throughout the years, and the American Legion for their participation during the interment.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 13, 2023 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Word of Peace Lutheran Church (21705 129th Avenue North, Rogers, MN).

Funeral service will take place the following day on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the church with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Officiating for the service will be Pastor Tyler Strom.

Casket bearers for Louis will be Thomas Chalupnik, Emily Oberdeck, Daniel Chalupnik, Timothy Oberdeck, Jason Chalupnik and Michael Kistner

Honorary casket bearers will be Darcy Oberdeck and Brent Freeman

Interment will take place at Word of Peace Church Cemetery in Rogers.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Josie Kolasa

    Oberdeck family, I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. Lou was loved and gave love in such a big way. Praying for all of you as you navigate the coming days.

  2. Marion Conwell

    Dear Joyce and family,
    Lou will be deeply missed for his leadership at Word of Peace and in the lives of all the people he touched. He will also be personally missed at our Garage sales each year. He could always find something he needed!
    Love, Steve, Marion, Aaron, Holly and Logan Conwell

  3. Christine Prothmann

    Dear Oberdeck family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of Lou. I am extremely happy that I met him 30 years ago, to have been in constant contact and to see Lou (you) with my family again in 2019. He was so adorable. We think of you in this difficult time and send you prayers. Sorry for your loss and that we can’t support you at the funeral. Love Chris, Peter, Jana and Nils from Germany


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