Frank B. Ober Jr., farmer

Frank B. Ober Jr., a farmer and World War II veteran, died Sunday of heart failure at his Hope Hollow Farm.

He was 94.


The son of Frank B. Ober, a founding partner in the Baltimore law firm of what is now Ober|Kaler, and Margaret Rochester Ober, a homemaker, Frank Benedict Ober Jr. was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised on St. Georges Road in Roland Park.

Mr. Ober was a 1937 graduate of the Gilman School and spent two years studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before enlisting in the Army in 1942.


Mr. Ober served as a communications officer with the 43rd Infantry Division in the Pacific during World War II. He attained the rank of lieutenant and earned a Bronze Star and two battle stars for the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns.

After being discharged in 1946, he returned to Baltimore and earned a degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University as a member of the Class of 1942, family members said.

Mr. Ober worked as a milk tester for the state of Maryland before becoming a full-time dairy farm operator at Hope Hollow Farm, where he raised and milked registered Holstein cattle.

In 1951, Mr. Ober married Alice Jerome Parker, who survives him.

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For more than a decade, Mr. Ober delivered meals for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Mr. Ober enjoyed restoring and driving his collection of antique automobiles, especially his 1932 Franklin Airman Deluxe Sedan and his 1931 Ford Model A fire engine.

He was a charter member of the Chesapeake Bay Region of the Classic Car Club of America, and also belonged to the Antique Automobile Club of America and the H.H. Franklin Club.

Mr. Ober was also a member of the Bachelors Cotillon, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Junior Gunpowder Farmers' Club and the Society of Colonial Wars.


He was a parishioner of St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, Monkton, where a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Mr. Ober is survived by two sons, Philip J. Ober of Jarrettsville and David G. Ober of Palm Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Laurie O. Curtis of Pennington, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.