John Opperman

John Opperman

John passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 surrounded by his family at his home in Wayland.

He was born November 19, 1933 in Hopkins the son of John and Halda (Schafer) Opperman. John proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He had worked for Pet Milk and at Dean Foods for 47 years until his retirement. John served on the Hopkins Fire Department for 10 years and Wayland Fire Department for 40 years.

Surviving are his children, John (Shawna) Opperman, Joyi (Bill) Merritt and Laurie (Tim) McCormik; five grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and companion, Sue Ingram.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff and siblings, Ken, Donald, Duane and Marie.

Friends may visit with John’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wayland until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Rick Scheibe officiating.

Cremation will follow.

John’s family would like to thank Faith Hospice for the wonderful care John received and the Wayland Fire Department.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the Wayland Fire Department.

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  1. Pam Stein says:

    My Heart and Prayers are with all of you! I will never forget Big John! He was a good man and a Good Grandpa to his grandkids, Johnny and Jessica and great granddaughter Alexis! I will never forget all he had done for me and the kids! I have good memories of Big John, specially in my younger years! Love you Big John, may you be in Peace and enjoying this time with Jeff! My Love and Prayers to my children’s dad and to all the family!
    Love Pam

  2. Peggy Beck says:

    My condolences to the family, I loved waiting on him at Hardings. He was always so nice and definitely a ladies man, loved to flirt. He will always be in my heart, RIP John, till we meet again❤️

  3. Carl Petersen says:

    Uncle John, You will be missed very much. Your steadfast devotion and attitude influenced me as I carried on in my military career. I will never forget the times we had together when I was younger. ‘’ I no longer have my uncles in my life they are all moved on to Christ, now as I move forward I will take their memories with me in hopes they will steady me’’. Uncle Duke, Ken, Don, John and Mom (Marie) & Jeff and grandma/grandpa you’re all together now Love you all

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