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James "Jim" Obendorfer
Viewing: October 26, 2017 (Thursday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: October 27, 2017 (Friday) at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Saint Raphael's Catholic Church, 1513 Dunster Road, Rockville, MD 20853

James “Jim” Francis Obendorfer, 86, resident of Potomac, MD for 49 years returned to his heavenly home to be with his creator and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 24, 2017. His adoring devotion to his wife and family was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Jim was born to the late Edward James and Meta Obendorfer, a plumber and a homemaker respectively, in Youngstown, OH on January 8, 1931.  Jim was immersed in the Catholic community and his unwavering faith and the love of family and friends were his lifelong support.  Jim spent 5 years on active duty with the US Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Engineering.  He served in the 18th Airborne Corps followed by special assignment with NATO HQ in France. Jim earned an MBA in Finance from George Washington University and joined the Federal Systems Division of IBM where he enjoyed an illustrious 32 year career.  He retired from full time employment at IBM in 1991 as the Director of Federal Integrators.  He then founded his own consulting business providing support to IBM, the federal government, and numerous government contractors until 2016.

Jim was passionate to bring solutions in support of our federal government and he was very active in the various industry organizations. He served on the AFCEA Board as well as serving as the Vice Chairman of IAC.   Jim was twice honored as a recipient of the prestigious Federal Computer Week top 100 IT Executives in Government and Industry.

While Jim enjoyed many professional accomplishments and was recognized as a leader in his industry, his greatest treasure was Dolores, his wonderful loving wife and best friend of 63+ years. Jim was exceptionally proud of his many offspring. He was an avid sportsman competing for the West Point Soccer team and he loved all sports as an intense competitor. When not cheering on his children or grandchildren, he enjoyed traveling and especially vacationing in Ocean City with his family.  Jim is survived and his legacy lives on through his wife Dolores; his sons James (wife Donna), David (wife Catherine), Douglas (wife Stacy), and Edward (wife Kimberly); his daughters Cynthia Baughan (husband Thomas) and Jeanne McLister (husband Michael); his 26 grandchildren; his 7 great grandchildren; and his brother Jack (wife Margaret).

A viewing will be held at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg, MD on Thursday October 26th from 2:00-4:00 and from 6:00-8:00. All are invited to celebrate Jim’s wonderful life at a Funeral Mass at Saint Raphael’s Catholic Church in Rockville, MD on Friday October 27th at 10:30am.  The Mass will be followed by a burial at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown, MD.  

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