SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — Calvin M. Oba, 86, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the Residency Care Center in Scottsbluff. He has donated his body to the University of Colorado Medical School. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Residency with Dr. Tom Perkins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be directed to the Residency Care Center, the First United Methodist Church in Scottsbluff, Prairie Haven Hospice, or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.
Calvin was born on June 15, 1926 in Denver, Colorado to Sadaichi and Oyuku (Harada) Oba. Soon afterward the family moved to Salida, Colorado and finally to the San Luis Valley where Calvin graduated from Alamosa High School in 1944 and then from Adams State College in 1948. He then attended the University of Colorado Medical School graduating in 1952 and interned at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He did general practice in Westcliffe, Colorado for about three years before he entered an Orthopedic residency at the University of Colorado. On completion of his residency he went on active duty with the U.S. Navy and spent two years at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1961 he started the first orthopedic practice in Western Nebraska. Drs. Paul Phillips, Pat Ropp, and Jim Simpson joined in subsequent years establishing The Scottsbluff Orthopedic Associates. He retired from the practice in 1987. In 1967 and 1973 he spent several months in Vietnam caring for civilians under the auspices of USAID. After his retirement he served twice in Malawi Africa with Orthopedics Overseas teaching orthopedic care to clinical officers. He was also the book chairman for Orthopedics Overseas and collected, inventoried, packed, and shipped hundreds of used orthopedic books to various third world countries.
He held offices in several professional and civic organizations and received numerous awards and honors from professional, educational, and humanitarian organizations. He enjoyed camping and gardening.
On June 22, 1957 he married Mary E. Myers at Alamosa, Colorado who survives him as well as his children Roger (Mary Beth) and their son Landen of Washington, DC; Lois Oba of Scottsbluff; Susan (David) Kramer of Coralville, Iowa and Thomas (Joy) Oba of Bend, Oregon. Other grandchildren are Collin and Alexa Kramer, Tammy Thomas, and Lily Oba. His sisters Nancy Sato and Grace Tanaka and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
His parents and brothers George, William, Herbert, Henry and Theodore Oba, and son-in-law Dennis Woodward preceded him in death.