Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 17, 2018
Frederick Arthur Oehm
June 22, 1928 — January 8, 2018
Resident of San Jose
Frederick Arthur Oehm passed away peacefully on January 8 at Good Samaritan
Hospital, San Jose after a brief illness.
Born in Washington D.C., Fred was the son of Frederick and Olga Oehm. He
attended area schools and graduated from Coolidge High School in 1946. Upon
graduation, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army and was directed to the Air Corps (soon to
become the U.S. Air Force) as a Radio Mechanic; he was assigned to occupied
Japan during this period. Upon returning to the D.C. area after his honorable
discharge, Fred was hired by IBM as a field service engineer, beginning a 37-year
During his almost 9 decades, much of that living in the Almaden Valley, Fred was
actively involved in the community. He served as a volunteer for various activities in
his neighborhood of Crossgates, and as a founding member and Charter President
of the Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley, a volunteer fire-fighter support group that
exists to this day.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Claire Oehm of San Jose; a daughter, Dorothy
Fair and her husband Robert, of San Jose; a daughter, Susan Bianchi and her
husband, Paul, of Danville; and five grandchildren, Robert and Colton Fair and Olivia,
Jack and Nico Bianchi.
Private interment at Los Gatos Memorial Park.
Contributions can be made in Fred's name to:
Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley — a volunteer group that provides canteen and
rehab support during major emergency incidents, fire department drills and special
Memorial donations can be mailed to the address below.
FASCV PO Box 494, Campbell, CA, 95009-0494, www.fascv.org