BRYAN, Ohio - Earl Clifford Oberlin II, 76, of Bryan, Ohio, died Sunday shortly after admission to the Community Hospitals of Williams County in Bryan.
Mr. Oberlin was the founder, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of MFI Investments Corp. (now Sky Investments), a nationwide stock brokerage firm listed on the "Inc. 500" list of America's fastest growing privately-held companies in 1993, 1994 and 1995 during his chairmanship. He retired as chairman of the board in 1996.
Mr. Oberlin owned and operated The Oberlin-Ford Funeral Homes in Bryan and Hamilton, and Merit Monument Co. of Bryan. He was also founder of the former Premium Metallic Casket Co. in Toledo and Quality Care Medical Equipment in Bryan (now American Homepatient in Bryan).
He attended Ohio University, was a graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science and held a Doctorate of Mortuary Science degree.
A World War II veteran, he served in the South Pacific Theatre for two years in the U.S. Navy and was attached to the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 284 of Bryan, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2489 of Bryan, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 2233 of Bryan, Loyal Order of the Moose 1064 of Bryan, Orchard Hills Country Club, Bryan Masonic Lodge 215, Chapter, Council and Commandary, High Twelve, and Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Toledo. He was active nationally in the International Association for Financial Planning and traveled extensively around the world.
Mr. Oberlin is survived by his wife, Polly; three daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Sue) Conway of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Greg (Salley) Child of Seattle, Wash., and Cynthia Reindl of Bryan; one son, Cliff Oberlin of Bryan; and two grandsons, Adam Epstein of New York City and John (J.C.) Reindl of Bryan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl C. Oberlin, in 1927; his mother, Thelma Oberlin-Ford, in 1982; a stepfather, B. Burr Ford, in 1952; a sister, Mildred (Mid) Mitchell, in 1992; and a son-in-law, Jack Reindl, in 1987.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. (Indiana times) at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. (Indiana time) in the chapel of the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dwight Bowers officiating. Burial will be inShiffler Cemetery. A graveside military service will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW.
Memorial donations may be made to the Earl C. and Polly Oberlin Scholarship Fund of the Bryan Area Foundation.