William ‘Barry’ Hobler, 61, Vandalia

William “Barry” Hobler, 61, of Vandalia, died at 6:40 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Vandalia.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with the Rev. Delix Michel officiating. There will be no visitation. Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hobler was born on Nov. 15, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of William E. and Rosamund C. Hilton Hobler.

He was a member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia.

‘How very strange’ the doctor said, ‘the cord is wrapped around his head’. From the moment of his birth, Barry began his struggle to live in this world.

Barry was born in Caledonia Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. The nurses wore beautiful red ‘Scotch’ plaid aprons over crisp white uniforms. He loved the color red! Barry loved his family with all his heart. He was a warm human being. He loved the wonderful staff at Westlake House and all the residents.

Barry enjoyed his books and being read to. Barry was fortunate in many ways. He lived a wonderful life for many years at Westlake House in Carlyle, IL. He was cared for by a fantastic staff at the Vandalia Rehab center, and at the end of his life he by a caring and compassionate doctor, Dr. Jamal.

We were blessed to have Barry in our lives. He taught us a lot.

He is survived by his mother; sisters, Lynn Bowers and Christine Hobler, both of Vandalia; brothers, Keith Hobler of Vandalia and Robert Hobler of Kansas City, Mo.; niece, Michelle and her husband Brad Koonce of Brownstown; great-niece, Paityn Koonce of Brownstown; great-nephew, Andrew Koonce of Brownstown; aunt, Joan Stewart of Garden City, N.Y.; aunt and uncle, Marge and Deb Kistler of Bluff City; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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