Michael (Mike) James Oberdick

The residents of Devine are saddened by the passing of a dear friend. Michael James Oberdick (Mike) went to meet his Lord on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at the age of 68. Mike served our community as the Animal Control officer since 2008 and will be remembered for his kindness toward the many animals he dealt with through the years. Aside from the many animal control calls, Mike received calls from people requesting the removal of a skunk or other furry critters, a particular canine began a ritual with Mike by getting out of his yard so he could be picked up and get a ride home in the animal control truck.
Mike was born in New Jersey on September 5, 1955. After graduating from Colonia High School, he went to work at CITGO Petroleum eventually becoming a terminal manager and was licensed in multiple disciplines. He also worked on Petty’s Island in his long career with CITGO. Mike was eventually transferred to the San Antonio area by CITGO.
His love of country took him to Moore, Tx. He sold his place in Moore and moved outside of Devine where he and Patti Oestreich established a Tennessee Walker breeding ranch business. Every aspect of working with the horses became a passion and a love, especially the foals. Mike loved horses and he loved to ride. He participated in many trail rides including the Pony Express Ride and was a proud member of the Laredo Trail Ride. He also played the part of a ranger in a movie about Texas Rangers.
Michael is survived by Patti Oestreich with whom they shared almost twenty years together. He is also survived by his parents Cornelius and June Oberdick of New Jersey; daughter, Allison Pirelli and husband of Pennsylvania; sisters Kathy, Lori, and Lisa; brothers, Tom, Richard, and Neil; granddaughter and grandson; step-daughters and husbands, Misha and Rodney Clark and grandchildren and Hether and Kevin McCullar and grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and a special aunt, Rose Cherego of New Jersey. And of course, his many beloved dogs and horses whom he had frequently wished to be with for eternity.