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Wayne R. Obst, 80, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2017 in his home in St Petersburg, FL. He was born on April 13, 1937 in Belleville, IL to Luin and Esther Obst of Belleville, IL.

Wayne grew up in Belleville and graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1955. He attended Indiana Tech & Belleville Area College receiving his AD degree in Civil Engineering. Wayne served in the United States Army (artillery gunnery) at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. He worked for Hayden Construction and Illinois Department of Transportation as a civil engineer, building the Poplar St. Bridge. Wayne also owned Gateway Towing (tug) Company and Yorktown apartment complex in Belleville. Wayne was a member of United States Power Squadron (Merit Mark Award), EAA Sport Aviation Association, Civil Air Patrol, Illinois Pilots Assoc., Scott AFB Aero Club, Con Trio Yacht Club, Bay Area Corvette Club & National Council Corvette Club. He enjoyed flying, boating, travel & his family.

Wayne is predeceased by his parents, Luin and Esther, and his brother, Luin W. Obst.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jerry McNamara, married 1957 at St Paul Church in Belleville, IL. They have 3 children Lance (Debby) Obst of St Petersburg FL, Sheryl Glen of St Louis MO and Curt Obst of Belleville IL., and four grandchildren Curtis Lee, Crystal, Amber and Emily.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to American Heart Association at National Center and Alzheimer's Association. Other condolences may be offered online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Saturday, July 29, Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Funeral: Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.