Fred Oehme

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Frederick W. Oehme passed peacefully on April 9, 2018 in Wroten House at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, Kansas. He was born in Leipzig, Germany on October 14, 1933 to Friedrich Oswald and Frieda Bertha Oehme. As a child and young man, Fred and his family lived in New York.

Upon graduation from Cornell University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, he briefly practiced in Maryland. Over the next decade, Fred continued his education in veterinary medicine, pathology and toxicology at Kansas State University, Justus Liebig University-Giessen in Germany, and University of Missouri.

Fred was recruited by Dr. E.J. Frick to teach, provide service, and conduct research at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where he worked until retirement in 2009. In addition to developing and leading K-State's Comparative Toxicology Program, he was a passionate learner and enthusiastic educator of veterinarians and toxicologists in training. He also found personal satisfaction in working on public health issues affecting the livestock, children and pets of Kansans and others. Fred served as past-president of the international Society of Toxicology, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the World Federation of Associations of Clinical Toxicology Centers and Poison Control Centers.

Fred was a devoted member of First Lutheran Church until his death, serving on numerous committees and as President of the Church Council.

Fred was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle and grandfather. His parents preceded him in death. He is survived by Pam Oehme, his wife of over 35 years. Also surviving Fred are his four children (with Nancy MacAdam Rose) and grandchildren: Stephen Oehme (Melissa), father of Chase and Gaeden; Susan Oehme Raetzman (Steve); Debi Oehme Rainbolt, mother of Natalie and Kari; and Heidi Oehme. His sister Rosemary Oehme Wilson and nieces Denise Wilson and Deborrah Truex (mother of Lucas) also survive. In addition, stepdaughter April Williams, mother of Aspen and Alexia, survives.

Fred's family celebrates the accomplishments and vitality of this beloved man. They invite friends to a visitation at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13 at First Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Meadowlark Good Samaritan Fund at or the Kansas State University Foundation for the Dr. Frederick W. Oehme Toxicology Scholarship. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Apr. 11, 2018
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