Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

O'Bleness Family Scholarship-Fellowship

For more than two decades, Robert Allen O'Bleness had built a successful career driving trucks for major concert tours, including those for Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney and the Rascal Flatts. Working as a member of Carrie Underwood's road crew, he died when his semi-trailer truck was on the way to a tour stop in Connecticut. Motivated by the tragic loss of their son in 2010, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Ann O'Bleness, Robert's parents, established the Robert Allen O'Bleness Scholarship in the College of Health Professions that same year. The couple's established a planned gift, which will support the scholarship that serves as an ongoing tribute to their beloved son.